Marian Muthui

Mechanical Engineer

Founder, The Mekatilili Program

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Marian Muthui is an engineer, innovator and educator from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Nairobi and is a Young and Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) Fellow.

Professionally, she has worked for General Electric (GE) Healthcare as a Field Engineer, where she was involved in providing technical healthcare services and solutions to clients specializing in MR, CT, Ultrasound, Maternal Infant Care and Monitoring Solutions equipment. In this role, she was the recipient of the GE Special Recognition Award for Creating Sustainable Healthcare Transformation in Kenya.

With support from International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she founded The Mekatilili Program that holds design, engineering and mentorship workshops in girls’ high schools in Kenya. For this initiative, she was awarded the 2016 Community Leadership Award by Women in Energy (WIE). She is also the co-editor of Queengineers that is a free, digital magazine that seeks to increase representation of African women in engineering.

Passionate about design thinking, bioenergy, design research, engineering, renewable energy and sustainable energy technologies, Marian has been involved in several community development projects and co-authored the publication: Democratizing Technology: The Confluence of Makers and Grassroot Innovators.