Team – ADMI


Laila Macharia
Director & Executive Chairman

Laila is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, previously the Founder and CEO of Scion Real, a property investment company based in Nairobi. Laila has vast experience managing multi-currency portfolios and transactions in the United States and East Africa, and is currently a director at Barclays Bank of Kenya and at Centum, a listed private equity firm. Her previous experience includes Clifford Chance (New York), Global Fund for Women (San Francisco Bay Area) and USAID-East Africa. Laila holds a BA in Planning & Public Policy from the University of Oregon, a JD and LL. M from Cornell Law School and a JSD (Doctorate in Law) from Stanford University, all in the United States.

Wilfred Kiumi
Founding Director

Wilfred is the founder of Jamhuri Film & Television Academy, the predecessor of ADMI. As a director at Farsight Productions, a production and rental facility based at Film Studios in Nairobi, Wilfred gained more than 15 years’ experience in the Kenyan film and television industry. He has worked for global production companies like MTV, CNN, EDGE, SPANK, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Wilfred holds a Diploma in Television Production from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and is currently completing his Masters in Film Distribution & Marketing at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom.

Lissett Babaian
Head of Education

Lissett specialises in education design and innovation. She has worked as a teacher and school principal as well as an education specialist for universities, education media companies, and foundations. Previous roles have included working as Senior Programme Manager for Education Innovation at Equity Group Foundation, as Learning Specialist for Akili and Me (an education cartoon reaching 2.6 million viewers in East Africa), and as a Consultant for US Accreditation at the American University of Armenia. Lissett holds an Ed.M in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Public Policy, with a specialisation in Education Policy, from Duke University, both in the United States.


ADMI’s teachers include industry professionals from all over the world. Some of our prominent faculty members are listed below.

Ali Mwangola

Ali Mwangola has 28 years’ industry experience and has worked on more than 23 feature films and 20 television commercials. He has held a variety of positions as a set dresser, set decorator, construction manager, assistant art director and location manager. Ali has been teaching production design at ADMI since 2015 and hopes to inspire the next generation of production designers in Kenya’s film industry. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and holds a BA (with honours) in Design.

Mark Wambui

Mark Wambui has been teaching Scriptwriting for Film at ADMI since 2013. He is currently a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow in the Business and Entrepreneurship Track, and a Talents Durban Alumnus. In 2015, he was voted Filmmaker of the year in the African Youth Awards. Mark is also the founder and Managing Director of Re-Tuning Cinema in Africa (RECA). Mark holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from United States International University and has also received certificates from the University of Nevada, the Academy for African Filmmaker, DW Akademie and Columbia Global Centre.

Saum Idd

Saum Idd is an experienced writer and storyteller. She has written successful films such as “September” and “Deceit”, which have been shown in festivals and gained recognition and nominations from ZIFF, DIFF and AMVCA. She is the Co-founder and General Manager of Re-tuning Cinema in Africa, and creates content for film and TV, brands and social causes. Alongside this, Saum runs education programmes to mentor and nurture young aspiring filmmakers. She started her career as a consulting scriptwriter at Chromatic Pictures Africa having worked on commercials and documentaries for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and Farm Concern International. She has trained in Radio and TV production from Media Development in Africa and is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Technical University of Kenya.

David Hunter

David Hunter heads our Music Department. He is a renowned music producer and performer and, for several years, has been the power behind the acclaimed Gospel musician Ron Kenoly. David is an accomplished singer, songwriter, drummer, pianist, music director and sound engineer. He began his musical career shortly after completing his Bachelor’s degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, United States – the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world.

Patrick Kabugi

Patrick Kabugi is an award-winning Composer, Sound Designer and Post Production Sound Mixer for Film and TV. He has been teaching at ADMI since January 2015 and has composed music and mixed Sound for Films, Documentaries, TV/Radio commercials, TV series and Radio Drama, serving a diverse range of clients including Safaricom, KCB, and UNICEF. Patrick holds a Diploma in Music for TV (Music for the Media – UK), a Certificate in Sound for Film from DW Akademie and a BA degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also an Alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus – Berlin Germany (Sound Design and Composing Music for Film).

Lillian Wafula

Lillian Wafula is a highly-experienced communications specialist, who has worked with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Kenya Baptist Media, Them Mushrooms Sound Studio and St Paul’s University. As well as teaching Mass Communication, Lillian is also a respected sound producer and editor, with more than 17 years’ experience working in music production studios, serving clients from across Africa. In addition, she has recorded Reuben Kigame, Emmy Kosgei, Japheth Kassanga and Them Mushrooms, among others. Lillian graduated from St Paul’s University-Limuru in 2011, with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in Communication. She has also trained as a Studio Technical Operator at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Media Studies at Daystar University.

Brian Omolo

Brian Omolo has been teaching Drawing and Illustration at ADMI since June 2016. He previously worked for more than three years as a Graphic Designer for advertising agencies and later as an Art Director. His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, with two solo exhibitions Nairobi, along with group exhibitions in Kampala, Johannesburg, London, and Paris. Brian attained a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design from the Academy of Graphic Technology and went on to Coventry University (United Kingdom) to study Graphic design and Illustration, graduating in 2011.

Nzilani Simu

Nzilani Simu is a graphic designer and illustrator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree for Sociology from University of Western Ontario (2005) and a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from Curtin University (2011). She has ten years’ experience working in various creative agencies, including Mc Cann Erikson and Ark Africa. She joined ADMI in 2016 and recently founded her own business selling creative stationery. She is passionate about design, illustration and data visualisation. Some of her notable clients include Equitels My Life programme, iHub, Java House, Morendat farms and Brainstorm Quarterly. Significant personal projects include her infographics tracing Kenya’s Olympic performance through the years.

Antony Trivet

Antony Trivet is a Wedding, Portraiture, and Fashion Photographer, as well as a mentor at Slum TV and Mwelu Foundation. His work has been featured in the Photography Association of Kenya (PAK) and Antony was this year nominated for the Kenya Glamour Awards Photographer of the Year. Previously, he was the winner of the Canon Selphy Street Photography Competition 2016, a top finalist in the Nikon Kenya Photo Summit, and recognised as one of the Top 40 Best Kenyan Photographers by CRBC. In 2013, Amnesty International awarded Antony its Photography prize for Poverty and Human Rights.

Lameck Nyagudi

Lameck Nyagudi is a Kenya-born documentary photographer and film producer. His professional career began when he covered the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya. Thereafter, he attended a one-year diploma course at The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. His work has been consistently sought after by numerous prominent clients, including the National Geographic Channel (Drug Ink Series), the Discovery channel, Teak Digital, vice, African Interactive media and Media focus on Africa Foundation. Lameck mentors students to produce projects, gives lectures and runs photographic workshops.

Ciku Munuku

Ciku Munuku heads the Career Launchpad programme, which is a requirement for all diploma students. Ciku’s passion is education, above all helping young people realise their passion and achieve their potential by developing new skills. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kenyatta University and has more than 10 years’ experience in the banking industry, where she honed her professional skills. She is now using this experience to equip students with the professional and soft skills required to excel in the global workplace. Away from teaching, Ciku is the Founder of Fruitful Productions, an Event Management and Music Production Company, and is also a singer and songwriter.