For Ten years Heart for the City has worked consistently in creating new ideas that seek to improve and transform lives of those who live and work in major cities of the world. Our vision is to be a relevant organisation that seeks to respond to City communities in addressing their needs holistically. Heart for the City seeks to address social, economic, Educational, health and Spiritual needs of its members based on its strong Christian values. Over the years we have developed strategies and resources that have impacted on the way we relate to our members and how that impacts on community development, social enterprise and spiritual development.
Lukas Njenga is a highly experienced, internationally exposed and patriotic Diaspora Kenyan Citizen living in Glasgow, Scotland. His broad experience in Ministry, public relations, enterprise development, higher & technical education, as a Trustee and Board Member of local, national and international organizations, gives him the knowledge and skills to deal with people and support key transitional processes for our Kenyan community and their friends in the Diaspora. Ministry.
As a University Chaplain in both Glasgow Caledonian and York St John University, He helped create Scholarship opportunities for Kenyans and established strong links between the Universities in UK and in Kenya. He was responsible for the appointment of the current University Chancellor for Mt Kenya University, Prof. John Struthers, through his role as the International Liaison person for the University. He also helped various government ministries to develop short term training for the enhancement of skills transfer - for instance through the DCSS, we trained 12 Directors from 6 counties in Kenya in Waste and Environmental Management, in partnership with University of West of Scotland. This project was funded by the World Bank. We have hosted high profile delegations from the Kenyan High Commission in Universities, creating a direct working relationship between the High Commission and the British Universities. Lukas is the Chair of the newly established Diaspora Construction Consortium. This is an international consortium of highly reputable British and International construction and infrastructure development companies that hopes to engage with the Kenyan Government and the Private Sector.
His role as a key community and business leader in Scotland involves creating strategic alliances between the African population in the Diaspora and the local communities. He helped form the first registered & regulated Kenyan Charity in Scotland- Heart for the City. The charity has successfully supported the Kenyan community in the Diaspora for the last 20 years. Heart for the City has been the main link between the Kenyan Diaspora and the Kenyan high commission in London. For instance, in 2014, we hosted and facilitated the Kenya National Defence College in a food security training program in Scotland. Through this initiative a Diaspora partnership started with Kilifi County and has helped to strategically position Malindi as an investment hub for the Diaspora community in Agri-Business and in the development of Proximity Point City of Return.
In The UK he founded the Heart for the City Charity, The Chat House, The Diaspora Council of Churches, The Diaspora Communities support services. The Glasgow International Christian Centre. In The USA he Founded the Proximity Point Group and in Kenya he founded the Diaspora Institute of Employability and Enterprise Development.
Robert W. Chiuri is Chairman of Global Standards Resources & Institute (USA) an organization involved in certifications, manufacturing quality audits and management consulting having worked for many international firms in various senior leadership capacities. Dr. Chiuri is certified global standards lead auditor, for various accredited audit schemes including Quality Management Systems (QMS), Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), International Organization of Standardization (ISO), Global Food Safety Initiative GFSI’s SQF, PrimusGFS and FSSC among others.
Dr. Chiuri has extensively been involved in corporate training programs on leadership, strategic management, entrepreneurship, business regulatory, compliance models with targeted training of trainers and in-company coaching platforms. Dr. Chiuri has presented many research papers with Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) and editorial review by Kenya Studies Journal. Dr. Chiuri areas of expertise are in Strategic business and entrepreneurship mentoring of young students and start ups with emphasis to experiential learning models.
Dr. Chiuri has had quality and food safety experience in some of the leading food industry companies including Coca Cola, Hostess Wonder Bread, Ronnoco, Kellogg’s, Maple Hurst and Mars Petcare. Dr. Chiuri has led and managed various departments including operations, supply chain, regulatory compliance, food safety and quality assurance reporting to the senior VPs of these companies. Dr. Chiuri was Corporate Food Safety Auditor for Kellogg’s overseeing and preparing food safety audits for 6 locations based at Zanesville Ohio.
Dr. Chiuri was involved as mentoring fellow with the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix, assisting PhD candidates in experiential learning on entrepreneurship and family business case studies. Dr. Chiuri was involved as a community liaison and advisor for the Young African Leadership Institute (YALI) organized by the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) in conjunction with Columbus Council on World Affairs, Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Centre for African Studies. Dr. Chiuri has also been involved extensively in community-based organizations as an organizer, counsellor, trainer, speaker, facilitator and leading various initiatives and social enterprises.
Dr. Chiuri leads several non-profit organizations and is in the board of reputable institutions supporting community engagements including Global Diaspora One Voice Consortium GDDF with over 120 organizations worldwide which may offer great resource for experiential learning for graduate students. OVC is affiliated to African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI) which is spearheading Diaspora role in leveraging the Africa Continental Free Treaty Agreement (AfCFTA) and increasing exports within Africa.