MindMe International was founded by John Wambugu, an award-winning documentary photographer and film-maker from Kenya. He is a Canon Certified Trainer for Africa and a UN global goals advocate.
John describes his turn-around experience after continuously witnessing people who lack their right to basic needs and rights. He felt hugely indebted to the people he captured with his lens. This picture faces him every time he has had to document human-interest stories across Africa. He is passionate about the development agenda for Africa where he works and holds constant talks across Africa on sustainable development and the role of media in development.
John was instrumental in coming up with videos and photography for the COP 21 conference in Paris (2015) and COP 22 in Morocco (2016) with his award-winning photography work being used in the historical occasion of signing the Climate Change Paris agreement on 22nd April 2016
He has also been invited as a jurist for the Udada International women's film festival that promotes women in film across the world. He has done the same for the Africa Slum Photo Festival that celebrates work from photographers across Africa taken in slum context. He is pursuing a post-graduate in communication with a major in communication for development at the United States International University.
He is a fellow of the Mohammed Amin Foundation Foundation having been awarded the prestigious Reuters Film and Television Scholarship. John has also been awarded the overall documentary portraiture series award and the climate change award in Kenya for his work in photography.
While using most of his resources to ensure continuity of the organization's work, John is constantly fundraising and networking with like-minded individuals, partners, and organizations.