My name is Tim Kipchumba

I was born 450KM North East of Nairobi, in a small town called Kapsowar, among the Marakwet in the Great Rift Valley. My surname 'Kipchumba', is made up of prefix 'Kip', common among people of North Rift Kenya + 'white people' or' mzungu' most likely alluding to my dad having been born in the new mission hospital that was set up by white missionaries. This name has come to signify many more friendships and associations- from the mission hospital that my dad was born in, where my mum worked as a nurse, the missionaries that my mum worked with, the founders of Strathmore that were Kenyan wazungu (white Kenyans) who begun the 1st interracial college in the country and now more recently my partners at Questworks, wazungu associates and partners and clients. I could never have been given a better name to signify the interracial relationships that would characterize my life by the time I am 30 years.

February 22, 2015

Some Ideas Beyond Buildings Auidits to Make Buildings Safe in Kenya

President Uhuru ordered for building audits early in 2015. This came just after 2 successive collapses in Nairobi. The recent one of the collapse killed two women and an infant. These incidences came after a Questworks study that proved that 75% of  buildings in Nairobi are not safe  in the event of an Earthquake. President’s directive should  be followed through and hopefully before end of 1st Quarter, a report with findings will be tabled. Building audits are a first step. They will reveal the status quo and hopefully a good beginning to solutions to the problem of collapses in Kenya.  […]
February 22, 2015

Quality Construction and Building Safety in Kenya/ East Africa

A study by  Questworks CEO Dr. Raul Figueroa  (PhD thesis at Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering and Public Policy) got  discussed in parliament. This was after a feature done, ably by John Gachiri of Business Daily.  The center point of the study  is is really about safety of buildings generally and specifically in the event of an earthquake. Three years ago, as part of  our larger commitment to helping built quality infrastructure, Questworks  offered free building structural audits to developers. We also in 2015 committed more equipment that can allow for more will continue to offer free advisory services on […]
January 3, 2015

Life,Meaning and Happiness

Every morning each one of us wakes up to do something. For the most it is jobs, for some it is business and for some few, looking for both, business and jobs. In this week’s Life Series (Published 2009), we ask one question, what makes a meaningful life? Meaning is the substance that makes life worth living. It connects our lives to happiness. It makes each of our days, however stressing, or boring or mundane meaningful. It gives us reason to wake up each day. It gives us purpose. It rallies our imaginations, intellects, energy, passion, creativity into whatever we […]
January 3, 2015

Free Market Perspective in Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife is our heritage, it is our invaluable treasure. We need to preserve it for the future. The solutions for effective conservation of our wildlife lay not only in government alone but also actually in free market environmental policies and in individual morality.Wildlife Conservation “is the activity of protecting, preserving, managing and studying wildlife and wildlife resources” (Canada National Parks 2004) and Free Market” is a market in which any individual may exchange their products or services by competitive bidding, open to all, without constraint “(The National Economic Stabilization and Recovery Act 1972) The Problem The Man –Wildlife conflict is […]
October 7, 2014

Government’s Real role in Enterprise

The role of Government When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favours When you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws do not protect you against them, but protect them against you When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self sacrifice You may know that your society is doomed […]