Principal
Tolullah Oni, the Principal of Oni et al and Founder of UrbanBetter

Tolullah Oni

Public Health Physician and Urban Epidemiologist, The Principal of Oni et al. and founder of UrbanBetter.

Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training at University College London, a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in Epidemiology at Imperial College London, UK.

Tolullah Oni, a Public Health Physician and urban epidemiologist is the Principal of Oni et al. and founder of UrbanBetter. She is an Honorary Associate Professor and lead of the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE) group at the University of Cape Town and a Clinical Senior Research Associate / Joint Lead of the Global Health Research Group at the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit.

Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training at University College London, a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in Epidemiology from Imperial College London, UK.

Profiled in the Lancet journal, Science magazine, and the British Medical Journal, she is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, past co-chair of the Global Young Academy and the South African Young Academy of Science, 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow, 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a 2020 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow.

Her global practice is grounded in a science-informed, Africa-led, health foresight approach to generating new knowledge that supports partnership between science, policy and societal role players. She is passionate about identifying creative strategies to address complex urban population health challenges in rapidly growing cities globally.

Research Analyst

Sharleen Muoki

Data Scientist.

Sharleen, from Nairobi, Kenya, has a background in Information Technology. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Business Information Technology, specialising in Business Intelligence from Strathmore University, Kenya.

She is a creative Data Scientist and a dynamic programmer who utilises creativity, leadership and teamwork to design and execute solutions that create value. In addition to expertise in various data science software, including python and Tableau, she is an effective communicator who can make valuable marketing materials for both clients and end-users. 

As a citizen of Kenya, issues of Urban Health, Environment and Biodiversity in an ever progressing and interconnected global (social and political) climate have been at the core of her interest for the past three years. Having developed a strong interest in such issues as soon as she was introduced to them, she has explored these topics in great depth and consequently. Her passion lies in changing the current world as we know to make it sustainable for future generations to achieve a state of planetary health utopia with humans as part of a synergetic ecosystem.

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Spotlight Disruptor

Elizabeth Wathuti

Elizabeth is a passionate environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya. She is the founder of the Green Generation Initiative (GGI), which nurtures young people to be conscious of the environment while promoting green projects.

In recognition of the impact of the GGI, Elizabeth was a regional finalist for Africa for the UN Young Champions of the Earth 2019.  She is also Head of Campaigns and Coordinator of the Daima coalition for the protection of urban green spaces at the Wangari Maathai Foundation, she received. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community development and is the Head of Campaigns and Coordinator of the Daima coalition for the protection of urban green spaces at the Wangari Maathai Foundation. She has showcased her climate action solutions in several high-level international conferences such as the 2019 UNFCCC resilient frontiers conference, South Korea, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) African presidential dialogue, Ethiopia, and 2020 No Planet B international forum, Portugal. 

Elizabeth has received several awards and recognition for her leadership and commitment to environmental conservation. These include the young climate champion 2019 award from the Green Climate Fund, the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards regional finalist for Africa and Europe for excellence in development work, and the Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award from The Greenbelt Movement, Kenya Community Development Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.