Irene Mbari-Kirika is an award-winning executive-level entrepreneur who founded inABLE to provide computer technology education at special schools for the blind in Africa. Working from an inclusive conceptual idea in 2009, Irene has spearheaded the establishment of eight assistive technology computer lab programs that have enrolled over 1,800 students and 150 teachers, and hosted over 20,000 hours of basic computer and employable skills training, such as website design and Java programming.
A graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a Global Master’s of Arts(GMAP) degree in International Affairs, Irene has championed initiatives related to global policy, advocacy, and international development. She has also co-authored research reports – A Comprehensive Report on the Nationwide Baseline Survey of Technology Skills for Learners with Vision Impairment in Kenya by the Georgia Institute of Technology – and A Computer Training Program for the Schools for the Blind in Kenya published by the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research
Irene has also been a featured speaker at several high-profile educational events, including the UNESCO Mobile Learning week in Paris and ICT Connected Summit in Kenya.