Lorna Irungu 2017Lorna Irungu


Kenya

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Communications strategist

Occupational Position: Managing Director of The Gina Din Group

Professional History


Lorna is the Managing Director of The Gina Din Group, Africa's most awarded communications agency headquartered in Nairobi. 

Prior to this, Mrs. Machria was running her own boutique communictations firm,  Siwa Communications, that provides strategic communications support to clients. With over 20 years work experience, Lorna is well versed in media and event management, crisis communication, strategy, and brand development. Her work has focused on clients with a strong social impact mission across private, public and social sectors.

Lorna says she strongly believes there is power in an informed and energized citizenry to launch and drive societal change to live the lives we truly desire. This engagement needs to take place in all sectors and at all levels. Her passion is in shaping, telling and sharing those stories, which she is able to do through her work as a Communication Strategist helping business, campaigns, and even individuals. She seeks to do so by playing to their strengths and ideals. This field of endeavour is the result of her evolution as a communicator, having started out as a media personality, hosting and producing television and radio programs for over ten years.

She is a graduate of Fast Forward in Kenya 2015 and an  Eisenhower Multi-Nation Fellow, Class of 2016. She is also an AFLI Board Member. She has undergone three kidney transplants in the last 19 years and become a powerful advocate for patients' rights. Lorna is the first East African in 30 years to participate in the World Transplant Games, which she did in 2013. She is married to a Tutu Fellow, Edwin Macharia, and together they have a daughter. 

Qualifications


Communication degree from Daystar University

Programs


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
01 June 2018

A strong group of Tutu Fellows have worked tirelessly and volunteered their time in the production of the forthcoming  Africa Innovation Summit which will take place from June 6-8, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The patrons of the event are President Paul Kagame and the former President of Cabo Verde, Pedro Pires.  The 2018 Summit will be a multifaceted event that will bring together stakeholders from various sectors, including decision-makers to seek innovative and disruptive solutions for the challenges facing African countries.

Norman Smit
01 June 2018

By day, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is an impact investor who works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services.  By night - or in his spare time - he is a Nigerian football historian. 

Dr Wiebe Boer's latest work on Nigerian football, a book titled The History of Football In Nigeria - A story of Heroes and Epics, is to launch in Lagos on 10 June 2018.  It's been favorably reviewed by no less than Aliko Dangote, the President and CEO of the Dangote Group. 

Norman Smit
31 May 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow Stacey Brewer will be opening her 16th educational facility in 2019 in Witpoortjie, South Africa. Stacey is the co-founder of SPARK Schools, an independent school network that she started in 2012 with Ryan Harrison. They believed that an innovative approach could disrupt the crisis in South African education and dedicated themselves to creating a new model that would provide access to high quality education for all.  The network keeps school fees as low as possible. Despite this, the network has schools rated among the top 10 private schools in Johannesburg.

Charles Sidambe
31 May 2018

Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin’ono, is set to premiere a new documentary film entitled State of Mind in Harare in June 2018. The film by the award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker highlights an untold story of how Zimbabweans address mental illness in their communities.

State of Mind will launch in Harare with an introduction by Graca Machel.

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About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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