Engineer Madrin describes herself as a millennial with a bleeding heart who at times has walked away from certain opportunities because the work did not satisfy her need to have an impactful life.
It is this burning desire to have an impact that made her change from big grid projects to ventures that served communities directly.
Growing up, she was fascinated by how things like bridges, power lines, buildings, and dams were built. She ended up in the engineering space after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
She started her career as a structural engineer dealing with mega projects in remote parts of Kenya for three years. However, she was never satisfied as she wondered how communities hosting the projects would benefit and have connections to such projects.
"Madrin's burning desire to have an impact made her change from big grid projects to ventures that served communities directly."
“This marked the turning point in my career as I pivoted from being an engineer in projects to being a project manager and not an engineer in projects,” she says.
Drawn to more impactful work, she transitioned to the renewable energy sector, specifically biogas, two years working in installation and managing solar power mini-grids.
This catapulted her to Sistema.bio as their technical operations manager and has now grown to be the country manager.