Meet Our Team

Melissa Menke

Founder and CEO

Melissa founded Access Afya in 2012. Influenced by her time in Kenya working in sustainable economic development in 2007, Melissa felt both a need for, and seen a market for, better care. While the gap in reliable health was tangible, and the solutions are emerging, they were not being systematically applied to low-income populations. She started Access Afya to correct this and ensure that patient centered, outcomes oriented, digitally driven primary care could be accessible to even the poorest populations.

Melissa brings broad experience from financial and development sectors combined with a human-centered design framework. Her work has been recognized by the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and the Cartier Foundation. She has spoken globally about the Access Afya model.

Dr. Daphne Ngunjiri

Managing Director

Dr Daphne Ngunjiri has broad experience in the healthcare industry working with diverse teams in clinical practice as a Senior medical officer in Baringo, Kenya. She has been involved in clinical quality development processes. She has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA in Healthcare Management and Health policy from Strathmore Business School. Her interests are in combining her clinical and business background in helping health institutions realize value by adopting innovative solutions, adapting an implementing best practice.

Maggie Kiplagat

Chief of Staff

Maggie ensures that the products and services Access Afya offers are of excellent quality and are in line with our values and brand. She also plans for the next level of talent at Access Afya. With a Bachelor degree in Management focused on healthcare, Maggie brings ten years of experience working in healthcare management at a multi-hospital operation in Kansas City, USA.

Health is Maggie’s passion. You can often find her in the slums talking to patients and residents.