Saidi Ngutu – Amani Institute

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Saidi Ngutu

Capacity Development Specialist, Development Innovations Group

Saidi is a social engineer and innovator, who believes’ that economic and social development problems can only be solved through a combination of knowledge sharing, social understanding, inclusivity, equality, and equity. He is interested in what causes social apathy and how to create social justice. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from Egerton University, and a Diploma in Management Information Systems among other professional training.

He is currently serving as a Capacity Development Specialist/ Advisor with Development Innovations Group (DIG) under the USAID/ Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project which supports rural water supply projects. Growing up, Saidi felt very fortunate having a comfortable life as compared to the millions of people in his own country who were suffering due to a lack of basic needs. This instilled the desire to assist people to create a better life for them and future generations. After working in the non-profit sector for 8 years, he is now looking to start his own social venture to find innovative ways to combine his passion for water supply and environmental conservation with mentoring youth. His vision is to provide solar-powered water supply solutions for rural farmers in Kenya. Saidi likes experiencing new cultures and places, nature, music, and dance, and watching documentaries on ancient civilizations