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Zephaniah Odongo Owidi ZOO

The Foundation is inspired by the life of Zephaniah Odongo Owidi, who grew up in extreme poverty in rural Kenya. Through education, dedication and the good will of others supporting his determination, he overcame serious adversity; excelled in his scholarship; and became a Distinguished Electronic Engineer who contributed significantly to Kenya's telecom industry and performed activities supported by this organisation.

ZOO believed and demonstrated that education really is the key out of poverty, and that technology bridges the world.

We carry on his vision. About<<

June started ZOO Memorial Foundation in 2008 in memory of her father, Eng. Zephaniah Odongo Owidi. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She has worked in several engineering capacities and also as product manager. She is a member of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID) network.


Nelly is responsible for the Foundation's operations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with specialisation in Human Resource Management from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Certificate in Project Management Monitoring & Evaluation. She has several collective years’ experience in human resource management, business administration and non-profit management. She has planned and implemented the Foundation's projects since 2008.

Managing Trustee

Diana is a Kenyan-born scientist residing in Boston, US. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Clark University at Worcester and a Master’s degree in Biology from Brown University. She developed screening technologies across a broad spectrum of disease areas in high throughput screening and applied both in vitro and biophysical assays to determine binding moiety of compounds with an aim of enabling programs in collaborative efforts.