​ Our Programme​ Team

Norah M. Matheka
Personal/ Program Assistant

Norah's background includes Business Administration and Management, Business Communication, Community Development, Management of Information Systems, Health and Safety, Basic First Aid and Nutrition.

She currently serves as the personal/program assistant in the Department of Medicine (DOM) and TREE program (Research) in Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Her duties include overseeing administrative assistants and the program driver.

Norah possesses great leadership skills with over 20 years experience in the field of administration, business management and accounting. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Daystar University with a cumulative GPA of 3.38/4.00.  Norah received a higher diploma in Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) from Strathmore College/University. She is technically proficient in Quickbooks, Ms Word, Excel, Access, Power-point, and Internet. Familiar with windows operating system, online database such as dropbox, online communication tool such as slack as well as daily task planning tool known as Trello. A patient and great team player with interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity. 

Some of Norah's achievements as an administrator/assistant are:

  • Facilitating treatment for cervical cancer patients
  • Establishing financial software data entry using QuickBooks
  • Organizing various team building activities
  • Encouraging activities that bring about cohesion amongst staff members
  • Shifting of financial reporting to a centralized system
  • Creating Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs)
  • Training staff on various topics eg CV writing as well as entrepreneurship
  • Managing other short term petty cash accounts from other Principal Investigators

  • Spearheading activities around shifting the research program from Kenyatta National Hospital to Aga Khan University Hospital
  • Ensuring the research team have settled well in the new environment.
  • Organizing workshops eg. Grant Writing and Manuscript Writing workshops
  • Organizing lecture trips for incoming University of Washington Faculty to Aga Khan University Hospital.

On the social front Norah is fluent in spoken and written English as well as knowledge in Kiswahili.  She has been involved and even led a team in church setting that organised activities (health and fitness programs) for 3,000 church members over a span of 5 years. She has been involved in various church committees which include young adults, as well as budget and finance. Norah has also been a vice chair in the SACCO (Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization) she is a member of. Some of her favourite hobbies are meeting new people, running marathons, aerobics, cooking, baking, reading, and knitting.​

Janet Mutiso   
Internal Medicine Administrative Assistant

Janet Mutiso currently serves as the Internal Medicine Administrative Assistant. She holds a degree in Mass Media Communication with a Major in Public Relations from Mount Kenya University and a High Diploma in Journalism from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

Her additional training includes, Information Technology, Credit administration practices, Personal development- life orientations, Biomedical & Social/ Behavioral and a certificate in Interpersonal skills from the Tumaini Counselling centre.

Janet has over 14 years work experience in Administration, Communication, Public relations and Charity work. She has gained proficiency in executive support of local and expatriate staff and coordination of governmental stakeholder meetings.  She has designed publication materials like newsletters, research brochures and book marks for individuals and organizations.

Prior to joining Aga Khan University Hospital, she worked as an Office Administrator at the Partners in Health Research and Development organization, Centre for Clinical Research project – Kenya Medical Research Institute and as an Administrative Assistant at the Africa Inland Mission International, Eastern Region office. For the last 7 years, she has been serving as a Board member for MAFAIM Sacco with a membership of over 300 members.

Her social interests include organizing events, helping the needy, volunteering and aerobics.