Simeon Ogonda

Email: ogonda@legacy.co.ke

Skype: simeon.ogonda

Phone: +254729042228/ +254738758411

Simeon is the founder at Milenial Legacy lnvestments (Millennial Legacy), a consultancy firm developing the business potential of its clients through a platform business model. His work is driven by the need for social progress of communities through the positive power of business.

Simeon is an alumnus of American Express Leadership Academy and the Community Solutions Program, the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy Non-profit Leader of the Year, and a member of the International Economic Empowerment Panel at The Pollination Project. He is a Commonwealth Scholar with an MA in Education and International
Development at University College London, a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Political Science) with IT from Maseno University, and university credits in Transparency and Accountability from George Mason University.

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My Work

Education for Change: ICT for Social Good- discover the finalists

The 25 shortlisted innovators come from sixteen countries. The most represented countries being Nigeria and Kenya, both with four projects each. The African presence is very strong as twenty of the twenty-five finalists come from this continent. Of the remaining projects, two are from India, one is from Bosnia Herzegovina, one from Cambodia, and one from Colombia.
Nearly 40%, or 9 out of 25, of the finalist projects were presented by women, resulting in good female representation. While there is often talk of a gender gap in technology access, these “ICT for Social Good” innovators seem to counter this notion. As a percentage, women’s projects have risen from around 25% of the total initial applications to 36% of those that are in the final shortlist, demonstrating a high level of competency and quality among the proposals submitted.
The issues addressed most by the applicants concern agriculture and health, as well as the themes of education and of participation in political and public life. Seven of the finalists are tackling child-related issues and they will compete for the Grant funded by Fondazione Mission Bambini Onlus, specifically dedicated to this target.

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American Express Foundation: Non-profit Leader of the Year

American Express recently hosted its second annual Leadership Academy Alumni Summit in New York on April 4 and 5, celebrating nine years of an industry-defining program that has developed more than 2,000 emerging, nonprofit and social purpose leaders. Simeon Ogonda of Enterprise Education-4-Change attended and collaborated with distinguished program alumni and representatives from ten top leadership development and entrepreneurship organizations to grow the next generation of social purpose leaders and advance the sector’s impact on society. Produced in partnership with Atlas Corps, the Summit featured a variety of workshops and panel discussions, designed to provide participants with a stronger network and vital leadership skills.

BDE for M-Shamba: The ICT4RAS at the Agricultural Extension Week in Addis Ababa

Chief Operations Officer at M-Shamba. He oversees all strategic operations relating to customer service, product development, and marketing. He supervises the marketing processes and customer services while coordinating the product development life cycle. Aside from his daily operations, Simeon was very critical in the formative years of the M-Shamba platform and as one of the pioneering faces, remains a very valued Ambassador for the company. His interest and passion for youth enterprise development and start-ups also make him a dynamic person in our company and a very active player in different initiatives in our company.
 

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HuffPost: What Kind of Children Are We Leaving Behind for Our Planet?

Many of us often wonder what kind of planet we’re leaving behind for our children. But few ask the opposite: what kind of children are we leaving behind for our planet?
This is an important question that our grandparents should have asked of each other. In the barely three centuries since we began the race to mechanize agriculture, production, and even warfare, we have proven to be the greatest threat to our home. In primary school in Kenya, I heard the story from some old men in our village that the rains came from places like Mau forest, Maragoli forest, and Nandi Hills, all the way to the plains of Kano. These were places I considered sacred. As a young mind, I felt these places provided the livelihood of our village. It made our local river flow, made our farms productive, and provided food through good rains.
 

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Ashoka Changemakers: Future Forward Competition

Simeon, a U.S. State Department Fellow, is a Youth Enterprise Development Consultant from Kenya. He has been involved in various community development projects over the past six years, beginning his learning as a student volunteer in community outreach project for rural enterprise development in Kenya and Uganda. In his current role as Operations Manager for StartUp Africa, he is responsible for the establishment of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program in East Africa. He also serves in the Board of Youth Challenge-4-Change, a Ugandan based community organization fostering youth enterprise development through entrepreneurship education. Simeon has supervised and coordinated eight community outreach projects, played a critical managerial role in the establishment of Spring Break Kenya and established a mentorship program for Enactus Maseno University as well as mentored University Students from different Universities in Kenya. 
 

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The B TEAM: Our Planet, Our Children

When thinking about the current state of our planet from an environmental perspective, the saying often goes, “what kind of world are we leaving for our children and our grandchildren”? In the latest blog post in The B Team’s series, Simeon Ogonda reverses the question and asks, “what kind of children are we leaving behind for our planet”?
Ogonda has observed that in the past three centuries, during the ages of mechanization and eventually globalization, humans have altered the environment dramatically and become a direct threat to the planet as we know it. To him it is obvious that we have not passed on values that celebrate the protection and cultivation of our home.
In this blog, Ogonda describes his journey and his eventual passion for developing ventures and initiatives that that both restore the environment and develop a new generation of leaders. “Our generation learned about capitalism, and soon became its experts. Our children can learn about the planet, and become its most dedicated proponents” he says.
 

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Forbes Magazine: For Youth, By Youth- Creating Jobs, Sustainability And A Future Vision For Kenya

Simeon Ogonda’s vision for Kenyan youth is ambitious. He wants to transform young people from job seekers into job creators who build and support sustainable and transparent enterprises. “My vision is to bring up more young people who can develop their own businesses, work hard, and trust that so long as they keep their passion alive, they will not fail in what they’re doing,” he said
 

Community Solutions Program: 2014 Leadership Cohort

As Managing Partner at Millennial Legacy, Simeon Ogonda develops creative collaborative frameworks for rural communities to develop sustainable neighborhoods in East Africa. He has been involved in various leadership positions over the past seven years, beginning his learning as a student volunteer in community outreach projects before serving as team President of the Enactus University Chapter in Maseno University, Managing Director of Spring Break Kenya, and Field Operations Manager for StartUpAfrica. Ogonda oversees the volunteer placement process and ensures that the students are contributing to the economic development of rural areas in Kenya. While in the U.S., Ogonda worked at US Together in Cleveland, Ohio, where he gained experience in community development practices and youth volunteerism. Having completed the Community Solutions Program, Ogonda is continuing his work in rural Kenya, focusing on increasing the transparency of the development process to ensure that resources are allocated properly and transparently.
 

Making Cents International: Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

The focus of my work is on Youth Enterprise Development, technology, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment. I have provided various training to farmers, researched on various ways of applying technology to improve farming in rural areas especially among the youth and registered a youth based organization which has been the driving force through which my team continues to foster the growth of youth enterprise development, technology, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment in Kenya. I would like to share the wealth of information i have so far gained in a dynamic audience that will enable my organization grow.

 

Everyday Ambassador: Galvanizing Kenyans to service

So often we see examples of global citizens serving the world by traveling to new countries and cultures.  But what about those who see disparities within their own community, and aim to resolve those?  They are just as much ‘everyday ambassadors’ as those who trek far from home.  Today’s post is from one such person: Mr. Ogonda Simeon, Director of Spring Break Kenya, an innovative social effort to engage Kenyans in public service within their own borders.  Although he does not directly discuss the impact of technology on his attitude and work design, note that Kenya is the hub of Africa’s IT boom, and Simeon’s generation of college peers rely on their mobile phones and Facebook as much as their American peers to structure their social lives.  You will see, without him describing it precisely, that Simeon is overcoming ‘tech traps’ by making human connections.


My name is Simeon  and I believe “In humility there is no humiliation.

 

Worldwatch Institute: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

Perhaps like a reversed telescope, environmental education is being looked at in the wrong way. Instead of dealing with reactions to problems and and trying to solve environmental issues as they arise, it may be worthwhile to consider what sort of citizens we believe should populate the earth. Or, as Simeon Ogonda, a youth development leader from Kenya, asks, “Many of us often wonder what kind of planet we are leaving for our children. But few ask the opposite: what kind of children are we leaving behind for our planet?”. Raising environmentally engaged citizens requires more than just a few educators participating in this work. Rather, it is a collective responsibility: each of us has a stake in fostering the stewards of tomorrow.

This is a print book written by the Worldwatch institute on the topic (EarthEd (State of the World): Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet). It can be accessed at www.EarthEd.info (or click here for the specific paragraph:

 

Spring Break Kenya: From Idea to Action

Words cannot express the joy I have while writing this blog. It just seems like yesterday, when the idea of Spring Break was conceived.  The horn of Africa famine was at its peak and media was flooded with many heart wrenching pictures. These pictures prompted me to think how we could engage our young African University students beginning with Kenya in crafting more sustainable solutions towards ending hunger. Thank fully, social media has all the channels to communicate thoughts with friends. This idea started from a face book chart on our Young Thinkers Kenya page as evidenced in this original email send to Simeon Ogonda.

Dear Simeon,
Thank you for your contribution in Young Thinkers Forum. We really appreciate. As a result of your comment this morning, an idea quickly flashed into my mind of organizing a week long “Spring Break” kinda of thing where Kenyan University students and other college attending students can volunteer in a week in those areas affected by hunger and kind of carry a project eg digging a dam for the areas affected and helping plant the gardens of those really affected in an effort to contribute to meaningful and sustainable solutions..and showing that young people are interested in offering kind of more permanent solutions rather than donations..
We are in the brain storming phase and we would like to all think together and come up with something.”

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