MYSA SENIOR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Most of them have been members of the organisation since they were children. Our team are enthusiastic, dedicated and are passionately committed to offering young people the same help that they were offered when they joined MYSA.
I joined MYSA as a young player in Dandora Zone in 1990 and soon progressed to the position of team captain, zone secretary and then zone chairman. I later served on the MYSA Sports and Executive Council respectively between 1997 and 1999. In 2000, i was recruited as a sports project officer; then Senior Project Officer and Project Manager Sports. Since 2008, i was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Director and now the Executive Director.
I have gained experience outside MYSA; working on Sport for Development projects as the National Sports Officer for CHRISC in Uganda and the chairman Executive Committee of the East Africa Cup, Moshi, Tanzania.
I have represented the organization in different workshops and conferences as a speaker. Am a Certified Public Account, holds a Bachelors of Business Management and Diploma in International Relations and Culture.
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I joined MYSA in 1995 as a 13-year old player for Heidi Sports FC in the U14 Girls League in the MYSA Mathare Zone. In 1997 I was elected the Secretary of the Mathare Zonal Executive Committee. In 1999 I was trained as a referee and started officiating MYSA league matches and progressed to the older and higher MYSA leagues which really encouraged me.
In 2014 I represented my country and MYSA in the global sports mentoring program in the US for 5 weeks which was organised by the US Department of States, ESPNW and University of Tennessee. This program brought in 17 women from 15 different countries to emphasise on the importance of women involvement in sports. This was crowned by a women’s conference held in Dana Point in California by ESPNW where I was selected to represent my team.
In 2015 I was invited to a forum where U.S President Barack Obama had a candid conversation with the Kenya Civil Society, at the Deloitte-run Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre during his state visit to Kenya where the president addressed retrogressive culture that treats women as second-class citizens, the power of educating the girl child and employment of women to maximize their potential in a global economy.
Currently I am the Deputy Executive Director and in charge of Human Resource in MYSA., Member Confederation of East and Central Africa (CECAFA) and A Confederation of African football Match Commissioner (CAF)
RICHARD OGADA KOJWANG
CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER
My first involvement with MYSA was as a financial consultant in 2015 and later engaged in November 2015 as the Chief Finance Officer, staff mentor and coach. I am a member of Senior Executive Committee and provides oversight and coordination into the operations of the Social Enterprise, Fundraising and supports the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) function.
I have gained wide experience outside of MYSA; working in the field of finance, programs, strategic planning and evaluations within the International Non -Governmental Organization (INGO) sector both at the local and international level in the last 30 years. I have held the positions of Finance and Administration Manager, Regional Finance Manager, Country Director, Finance Manager and Finance and Systems Manager
I have been a financial and management consultant as an Associate of CORAT Africa and Deloitte supporting their clients in research, evaluation, planning, internal control and policy evaluation and strengthening and formulation of policy documents on finance, HR and procurement. I have occupied senior management position and represented the different INGOs in a variety of fora. I have attended different workshops and conferences in finance, HR, Strategy and small enterprise. I am a qualified Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK) and member of the Institute of Certified Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), holds a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Nairobi and Master of Business Management form ESAMI/MsM Netherlands.
Director, MYSA Sports and Community Service Program
Bethwell joined Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in 1990 as a 7 years old player. Since then, he has gone on to win trophies on the field including the U17 Nairobi provincial Coca Cola youth tournament and off the field raising through the ranks to become one of the organization top leader, a role model and mentor to many of our youth. He was instrumental in the start of Maili Saba zone where he become their first coordinator in 2000. Bethwell has gone through various trainings including coaching, refereeing, peer educations and other fields dealing with children and youth. He was among those who initiated RYSA, a sport for development project in Rumbek, South Sudan where he was instrumental in taking the project off the ground with the motto of giving peace and youth a sporting chance on and off the field.
In 2010, after enhancing his skills and training/ internship in South Africa, Bethwell was appointed manager at the Mathare Football for Hope Centre where he linked football and life skills as well as doing mentorship. He is also an instructor on Violence Prevention through football and a tutor/assessor at MYSA Sports and Leadership Academy.
Edwin joined MYSA in 1995 as a football player in the Mathare North Zone and later he was trained as a peer educator in 1987. In 2001, Edwin was elected as the MYSA Executive Council Chairman after representing the MYSA Community Service Council for two consecutive years. He has also been trained as the Kicking AIDS Out Master Trainer and has conducted trainings in Lesotho, Zambia, South Africa and Tanzania. Edwin has previously worked as the MYSA HIV Prevention Manager and he is currently working as the Program Director. He holds a Higher Diploma in Counseling Studies.