NEKESA JACKIE WANJALA
NEKESA JACKIE WANJALA WAS BORN AND RAISED IN WESTERN KENYA …
where she experienced firsthand the lack of access to clean water for her family and community. When Nekesa was 9 years old, her father, always the innovator, drilled the first hand-operated well in the village of Wabukhonyi at her childhood home, and she observed the instant improvement in the quality of life not only for her family but for the community at large, whose women now had a closer neighbor to fetch water from instead of the river 4km away. She believes in the difference accessible clean water makes to people’s outcomes, in terms of healthcare, education, socioeconomic status, gender parity, and most importantly, dignity. Hence, the Samburu Project is a cause Nekesa is instantly excited by and she hopes to bring her passion and energy to help TSP achieve its objectives to improve even more lives.
Nekesa is currently an Automation Engineer at Grail Inc in Menlo Park, a biotechnology company working on early detection of cancer. Prior to Grail, Nekesa worked on prostate cancer translational research at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, and cancer treatment matching and monitoring at Driver Inc in San Francisco. Nekesa holds a bachelor's degree inBiomedical Engineering from Yale University, and a master’s degree in BioengineeringInnovation and Design from Johns Hopkins University.