Ziki is a science buff with a flair for design. The gods of education having smiled favourably upon her, and thanks to her mother's tireless ingenuity, she was bequeathed with a degree in Computer Science, from University of Nairobi. After continued attempts to distill the world into algorithms she found herself, rather by accident, entwined in the environmental sustainability affairs of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) albeit in a technical capacity.
Through her sojourn there she became well versed in the consequences of viewing development and sustainability as polar opposites. She saw how Africa is uniquely positioned to find its place in the developed world having the knowledge to sidestep some of the sustainability pitfalls experienced by her forerunners. Ziki’s current interest (read obsession) is on food - producing and distributing it safely, equitably and sustainably. She also enjoys cooking and eating it.
When she is not ruminating on earthly matters she can be found with a sketchpad and number two pencil honing her design skills, or furiously julienning carrots for her mise somewhere in Nairobi, Kenya. When the time finally comes to rejoin that great cosmic disco - the coordinates of which are yet to be documented; and hopefully they do more than dance and sing all day - she would like inscribed on her tombstone the words: "She wanted to learn, everything."
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