Alumni Stories

Ng’endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for ‘Yellow Fever,’ her
documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women’s ideals of beauty.
Her work focuses on relationships, on the separation between perception and reality, and the use of moving images to represent unspoken truths. At the prestigious Design Indaba conference (2015), she presented her talk, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of re-humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image…
On the 29th of April, Ng’endo will join other mentors for a morning conversation on the Creative Economy. Way to go Ng’endo. We are proud of what you are doing and all your accomplishments so far.

Ng’endo Mukii Film and Art


Our very own Moana
Marian Bohanna Westley, an oceanographer, works in the geophysical fluid dynamics laboratory at Princeton University’s Forrestal campus; the laboratory is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and specialises in climate change research. She graduated from Yale and received a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.




Break a leg -Silvia
Born in Kenya and educated at Oxford University, playwright Silvia Cassini attributes her recent success with her New York play “A man like ….” and interest in acting and directing to her inspiring English and Drama teachers at Hillcrest. “These inspiring individuals not only introduced us to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Miller but taught us HOW to read them.

This was a priceless gift, and I still return to the classical greats to draw inspiration from the sheer power of the language and the timeless relevance of the themes and characters.” We are proud of what you are doing Silvia. Best of luck in the tour.


Paras Shah

Paras Shah is a partner in our Nairobi office, Coulson Harney and heads the M&A and projects team in Kenya. Paras is one of the leading corporate & commercial lawyers in Kenya and specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance law, privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and real estate law. He has advised on some of the most important M&A and financing transactions, IPOs and takeovers, listings and public-private partnership (PPP) transactions undertaken in Kenya in recent years.His expertise is recognised by Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 and he was named Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year in Kenya for 2015. He has a Diploma in Legal Practice (cum laude) from the College of Law, UK, a Diploma in Management from Henley School of Management, UK, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He is an English-qualified solicitor and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.


Farah Esmail

Hillcrest encourages the individual pursuit of dreams and goals. We do this by Farah Esmail is breaking down barriers.

A lawyer by day and body builder by choice. Here is her amazing story. “There is a learning experience each time you put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone. I have connected and reconnected with so many people from all over the world with votes coming in from Bolivia, Kenya to Nevada and learned so much during this experience.” Farah said this after she took part in the Ms. Health and Fitness 2017 competition. Farah made number 1 in the regional finals and number 13 in the global finals of 1200 entrants in the. Unfortunately, she did not make the top 10 global elimination round.

We are very proud you. Keep up the spirit.…/

Ornella; Soaring High At Hillcrest International Schools we are always proud of our students’ achievements. Ornella is soaring to great heights 🙂 


Asim Shah 

When he was growing as a boy, Asim Shah never knew that the computer games he was playing were sharpening his critical thinking skills for the managerial jobs he holds even before reaching 40.

Asim played simulation games on his father’s Apple Macintosh from the age of seven years. Because of the intricate skills required in solving complex activities in the games, he learnt how to multitask and analyse situations for immediate solutions.

Asim, who holds a masters degrees from the University of Warwick, UK, moved to playing complex airport and football management games at 14. Simulation games depict real life activities to foster training, analysis, prediction, among other attention-engaging tricks, which he says have been critical in management of Tarpo Industries and Greener Pastures. “Simulations force one to look at many variables at the same time. They help in breaking down dynamic situations into little activities that have a start and finish. I learnt so much from that simulation game and most of that influences my decision making and planning sub-consciously,” he said.

Asim is the youngest among the members of the Rhino Charge Organising Committee since 2014. Rhino Charge is an off-road motorsport that presents logistical challenges. Tarpo is a tents and events logistics company working in East Africa.

With other teammates, he is able to plan, anticipate and troubleshoot challenges ahead of events.
Shah studied at Peponi Preparatory School before joining Hillcrest Secondary School, Nairobi.
He first worked at NEXT, one of UK’s leading fashion shops before graduating with a First Class Honours in Manufacturing Engineering and Management.

In 2008, he joined Tarpo, a family owned tent firm, in charge of implementing ISO9001. He was in charge of operations from 2010 to 2013 when he took over as the CEO.

In 2013, he started his talent acquisition and management company, Greener Pastures, to help fresh graduates grip industrial skills for Tarpo and other firms. It hosts the Global Management Challenge (GMC) in Kenya, an international business simulation competition.

The engineer works for 12-14 hours and spends free time researching on apps, technology and spiritual philosophies. He rarely watches TV!

He hopes Kenyan universities would one day include GMC in the curriculum to boost critical thinking.
As Asim ponders over his PhD topic, his biggest fulfilment is when students acknowledge his help or when they coach him on other aspects.

On the news of being among the Top 40 Under 40 for the second time, he felt “strange” to be nominated to the ‘club’ after the 2015 edition. His work of making a difference to Kenya’s youth was being recognised.


Andre Antoine 

I started 3 years ago, I have managed to win races in the 450cc class and 250cc class. I currently race in the 250cc class.

This year I was selected for the Kenya team and competed in the Africa motocross of nations, where the best motocross teams from each country competed; including South Africa, Zambia, Botswana Tanzania and others.

The Kenya team and I managed to win the competition on home soil and team Kenya became the 2016 Africa motocross of nations champions.” Andre Antoine



Zain Verjee 

is one of the world’s most respected journalists with 14 years experience at CNN as an anchor, reporter and profound interviewer. She was recently appointed a UNICEF Children’s Advocate for ‘A Promise Renewed’ promoting child survival globally and has created aKoma, Africa’s premier digital storytelling platform, launched in August 2016




Lulu Kitololo is an artist, illustrator and designer with over 10 years experience in the design industry. She has worked with a variety of clients around the world, including; African Union, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the Southbank Centre and much more. She founded Afri-love – a platform that explores how African creativity can change the world.





Kiran Jethwa; Restaurateur, chef and star of the TV series ‘Tales from the Bush Larder’, ‘The Fearless Chef’ and ‘Food Unwrapped’, Kiran is widely regarded as Kenya’s first celebrity chef and widely recognised for his adventurous approach to cooking.

A man of many talents, Kiran is also a gifted sportsman having previously played international rugby for the Kenyan National Rugby team and professionally in South





Salim Mohammed 

Salim Amin Class of 1989 is the Chairman of Camerapix, Founder and Chairman of The Mohammed Amin Foundation, and co-founder and chairman of A24 Media.
He is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2012, The New African Magazine listed him among the “100 Most Influential Africans” and “top 50 Under 50” Africans and his weekly Talk Show “The Scoop” has a global reach of over 300 million people on television, radio and online.




Viraj Sikand 

Passionate about conservation, a senior at Brown University studying Environmental Studies,  Viraj, together with his classmates are undertaking a project titled “Kulisha: Feed for the Future”. Through their potentially revolutionalizing technology, Viraj hopes to divert waste from landfills, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving land. Reduce pressure off ocean ecosystems by providing an alternative to fishmeal. Provide an innovative use for a byproduct that is currently underused.

For more details to how you can support this project by our Alumnus follow the link below.