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Soiya Gecaga is the Founder and Executive Director of “We the Change” Foundation, an organisation that inspires people to “be the change” they want to see in the world. The foundation’s key area of focus is the development and creation of a centre of excellence to provide education and care to children in the marginal communities of Kenya.
Soiya was born in Kenya, and holds a BA degree in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She has worked as solicitor specialising in charity law for Bates Wells and Braithwaite and as a solicitor specialising in corporate law for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She has also worked for The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Nyumbani (an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in Kenya), and Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute and dying in Calcutta.
Soiya has been and continues to be inspired by the following people: Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Anita Roddick, Mahatma Gandhi, Dan Eldon and Mother Theresa. Soiya is also inspired by her family. Her grandfather was Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of Kenya after independence and considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation, and her grandmother, whom she is named after, who educated herself and made history as the first Kenyan nominated MP in the Legislative Assembly in 1958.
Her favourite quote is: “Risk more than others think is safe, Care more than others think is wise, Dream more than others think is practical, Expect more than others think is possible" Cadet Maxim.