Christabell Makokha

Partnerships Director

Christabell leads partnerships for our Nairobi and Africa presence. In her role, she works closely with partners and internal teams, leveraging innovative business models to address development challenges and provide guidance to projects and partners across the studio’s portfolios. 

Prior to IDEO.org, she worked as a director of strategic learning for Mercy Corps' AgriFin Accelerate Program, where she lead strategy related to learning and impact assessment, monitoring & evaluation, and communication to drive ecosystem-level impact. Christabell has worked across Africa leading projects in various sectors such as agriculture, global health, and financial inclusion, using approaches such as systems thinking, customer-centric innovation, and business design.

Christabell holds an AB in Engineering Sciences and B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Dartmouth College, and is currently pursuing her masters in global business administration at Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. In addition to studying, Christabell is an avid hiker and has actually summited the two tallest mountains in Africa. 

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