Samuel Mugacha

Principal (Representative)
Location: Kenya
Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Africa
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Meet Samuel, a principal at Imaginable Futures. He supports education strategy and investments in Africa. Samuel also works closely with the firm’s investees on strategies to help them scale and achieve their impact potential.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Samuel was head of research at the Faida Investment Bank. In this role, he led a research team focused on building financial models, forecasting and valuation, and analyzing the financial performance of companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. As a senior financial analyst at Faida, Samuel was a key member of the corporate finance department and provided transaction advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and business consultancy.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud of being part of the founding team that set up the research department in Faida Investment Bank. In less than 3 years, this same team was recognized as the 2nd best research team in Kenya.


Why do you love coming to work?

Teamwork and our shared mission. I love working side by side with people who have a shared vision and deep desire to inspire vibrant inclusive communities through learning.

What lessons did you learn early in your career that you keep with you today?

The importance of integrity and dependability. These two qualities are very important and most commonly overlooked when we think of the world of work today where technical skills are given high priority.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in primary school I wanted to be a doctor until I went to high school and realized I did not like the sight of blood.

Where is your happy place?

At the beach in Diani/Watamu.

What’s the closest thing to real magic in this world?

Hearing my son laugh.

If someone narrated your life, who would you want it to be?

John Sibi Okumu

Favorite season?

Anytime with no rain. We have no seasons in Kenya.

Favorite quote:

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” —Thomas Edison.

What do you imagine or wish for the future?

Inclusive and thriving communities.