Viola is a senior technical officer at Geospatial Research International (GRI), a consultancy firm based in Nairobi, Kenya, that she co-founded alongside a former college mate in 2013. She heads the water and environment department in the company, and through this, she has had the privilege to lead and co-lead several high-impact projects across sub-Saharan Africa for esteemed clients, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP-Kenya), Dorcas Aid International-Kenya, the Kenya Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) among others.
She also currently works for the World Bank Group (DC), as a short-term technical consultant where her work revolves around the application of spatial technologies in landscape assessment for natural ecosystem management and restoration in selected landscapes across sub-Saharan Africa. Before moving into private practice, she worked for the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust-University of Oxford collaborative program, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, and the Food and Agriculture Organization – Somalia in various Geoinformation-related positions.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Soil, Water, and Environmental Engineering in 2008, and a master’s degree in Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing in 2010, both from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Kenya. She also holds a post- graduate diploma in Urban Management Tools for Climate Change (UMTCC) from the Institute of Urban Management of Erasmus University, Netherlands.