Meet our Board Members
GIDP is fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals serving on our board.
Paul Sugut - Chairman
Paul Sugut holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology and Community development and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. He has over 20 year experience in non-profit work and has managed International non-profit organizations for over 10 years.
He is currently the East Africa Regional Director for ChildsLife International. Paul has served as board member in various secondary schools in Kenya. He has been instrumental in the support and growth of Gatoto School since its inception. Paul is a founding member of Gatoto Integrated Development Program where he serves as the Chairman.
Betty Nyagoha - Secretary
Betty Nyagoha is the Director of Gatoto Integrated Development Programme (GIDP). She has the overall responsibility of ensuring effective governance, directing the organisation and its main partner Gatoto Community Primary School’s operations. Betty helped establish GIDP to initially assist in steering the school, particularly in its engagement with the Government of Kenya. GIDP is an educational and health focused NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya. She also serves on the Board of GIDP where she is accountable to the Board for setting goals and delivering on them.
Prior to founding GIDP, Betty resigned from a financially secure informal food business in Nairobi’s Industrial area. In 1994, together with a few village elders, Betty helped set up Gatoto Community Primary School to serve disadvantaged children of the Mukuru Slums in Nairobi. At the time only one school existed then to serve the slum’s population of 40,000. Notable is the fact that she was entering into an education field without relevant training, but with prior teaching experience from a government school in the Rift Valley. Despite this Betty had a strong passion and was committed to making a lasting difference in the Mukuru Community. This dedication has resulted in a phenomenal growth for Gatoto, with more than 200 children having been supported through secondary level education and tens through college.
Betty is a graduate of Education from the University of Nairobi and she recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Social Innovation Management through the Amani Institute in Nairobi. She has a passion for equity in universal access to education. She possesses strong skills in planning, prioritizing and delegating tasks, motivating teams to reach their best, and following through to ensure success. Betty is a dynamic public speaker, enjoys watching movies and having a good laugh.
Joseph Oloo - Head Teacher
Joseph joined Gatoto School in February 1997 as an untrained teacher. He joined Egoji Teachers College the same year and completed training in 1999. In 1998, Joseph was appointed Deputy Head teacher and six years later rose to the position of Head teacher. His main teaching subjects are English, Mathematics and Social Studies. Besides teacher training Joseph has also studied Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship.
At the management level he is involved with planning, teacher support, supervision and helping with the implementation of school plans. In 2006, together with the current Board Chair and the Director, Joseph was involved with registering Gatoto Integrated Development Programme (GIDP) as an NGO and became its founding Chair. GIDP's primary concern is in establishing long term support for Gatoto Primary School.
In addition to curriculum work, Joseph enjoys working with the school’s soccer team and was a trainer prior to becoming a teacher. While not at school he enjoys watching soccer and spending time with friends and family.
Philip Melly - Treasurer
Mr Philip Melly has been a member of the Gatoto Board since 2007.
Philip is a Human Resource (HR) Professional with advanced knowledge and understanding of HR management principles, practices and the standards applied in public institutions. He has a wealth of experience in employee development and performance, strong management skills, interpersonal and communication skills.
He is a highly effective team player with a clear understanding of the value of working together towards achieving desired goals. Philip is passionate about issues concerning child development and the environment in which they learn.
Philip is currently a Principal Administrative Officer and Head of Administration at the Centre for Respiratory Diseases Research within the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
Mr Melly holds a Masters in Business Administration, with majoring in Human Resource Management (Daystar University, 2006) and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Linguistics from Egerton University (1991). He also holds certificates in Strategic Leadership, Development and Change Management from the Kenya School of Government (2013), as well as Corporate Governance, Strategic Leadership and Management of Corporations from the same institution (2007).
Steven Otto - Advisor
Steven is a dedicated member of our advisory board.
He is an entrepreneur with deep experience in trade, retail and production. In the 1990s, he served as CEO of a medium-sized Dutch flooring materials company, which he grew to become the industry’s market leader.
He co-founded the East African operation of Jacana Partners (then known as InReturn Capital) in 2008, setting up the Fund and inaugurating operations in Kenya. Jacarna Partners is an African private equity firm that invests in small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and delivers sustainable financial and social returns.
In 1989 Steven holds a masters degree in Political Science, majoring in International Relations, through the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Jennifer N. Brass - Advisor
Jennifer has been working with GIDP since 2002, when she spent most of the year assisting the management team on organizational development.
Brass is now a professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science at Indiana University in the United States. Her research focuses primarily on service provision, public administration, and state development. Jennifer teaches courses on NGO Management, International Policy, International Development and State Building. She has done consulting work for the US State Department and National Intelligence Council, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, and several development NGOs. Brass holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.