Whitney Achieng Okumu
Uganda & University of Cape Town, 2021
Whitney Achieng Okumu is a travel consultant by profession and the Founding Director of Girls Tomorrow Initiative (GiTI), a civil society organisation. Since its inception in 2018, GiTI has impacted the lives of over 4,000 girls through engagements and training on matters of menstrual hygiene management, health rights, and community development. At GiTI, she oversees managing company assets, optimising financial operations, providing leadership to members of staff, establishing business goals and streamlining daily operations. Prior to this she handled customer care issues at M-kopa Uganda Ltd.
Her passion for community and social development has led to her becoming a 2019 Obama Foundation Africa Leader, a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow and a 2018 Uganda Women4Women National Award. Whitney holds a bachelor’s degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a Business Leadership certificate from University of New Mexico, USA. Currently Whitney is a community health volunteer, helping to close health disparity gaps in underserved communities of Busia. In 2021 she will be pursuing a Master of Social Science at the University of Cape Town. In her free time Whitney enjoys singing and travelling.