Meet the team

Our staff and fellows come from many
backgrounds, disciplines and countries.
Freda Rutere
Zima Homes Director

Freda is a real estate expert with 15 years of experience in various aspects of the industry. She is the co-founder and Director of Zima Homes, and is passionate about improving the built environment in Africa

Etta Madete
Co-Founder and Director

Etta is a Sustainable Design Architect and an EDGE Expert. She is the co-founder and Director of Zima Homes, and the Affordable Housing Lead at BuildXStudio. She is an Aspen Senior Fellow and a BORAQS registered architect.

James Mitchell
Co-Founder and Director

James is an architect, the co-founder and Director of Zima Homes, and the CEO of BuildX Studio. He is an Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Fellow and a “40 under 40” Impact Design Hub honoree.

Peninah Gichugu
Zima Homes Sales Consultant

Peninah is a real estate professional with 10 years of experience in sales and administration. She is passionate about affordable housing and real estate investment opportunities.

Mary Tharao
Zima Homes Sales Consultant

Mary is a real estate and financial advisor with 10 years of experience. She is a member of KPDA. She is passionate about creating efficiencies in real estate and uplifting women in the industry.

Angela Moraa
Zima Homes Project Manager

Angela is an accountant, project manager, and business administrator with 5 years of experience. She is passionate about improving the lifestyle of the disadvantaged and providing cohabitable and safer spaces.

Esther Amayo
Zima Homes Marketing Manager

Esther is a marketing, branding, strategy, and communications specialist with 5 years of experience. She is passionate about communications for impact and developing strategies that drive positive change in society.

Joan Rungai
Zima Homes Finance Officer

Joan is an accountant and an Accounts Assistant at BuildXStudio. She is part of the Zima Homes team and passionate about accounting and finance, and loves working with numbers and data.

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