Irene Mbari-Kirika, O.G.W, CPACC
Founder & Executive Director, inABLE
Irene Mbari-Kirika is a dynamic, global strategic leader and an executive-level innovator who has created technology-powered special-educational environments to positively impact the lives of marginalized populations in Africa. She is a recipient of the Order of the 2016 Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) award and is a sought-after speaker at various events, including the UNESCO and the World Bank.
With a passionate desire to improve the lives of disadvantaged African youths, in 2009, Irene founded the nonprofit inABLE.org. Through her organization’s Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind program, which empowers the blind and visually impaired students, thousands of aspiring students now have access to essential educational resources. As the executive director, Irene has led fundraising, negotiated and developed the organization’s accessibility of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy, facilitated discussions on best practices in the accessibility space and designing of a technical training program for blind and visually impaired youth that includes software engineering fundamentals, accessibility testing, web design and mobile app development.
Irene is also an IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) CPACC Certified Professional and runs Technoprise Consulting, a company that promotes digital accessibility and research for persons with disabilities. She is actively advocating for and working towards more accessibility research taking place in Africa to help the tech companies to better understand the market and become inclusive in Africa at the same time.
Irene holds a Global Master of Arts (GMAP) degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts. In the past, she has had the privilege to work with and learn from global foundations and corporate social responsibly (CRS) leaders, including Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, Safaricom, and General Electric.