John Gachie

John is a journalist by profession with over 35 years professional experience locally, regionally and internationally having worked for Scandinavian News Centre (Africa Bureau - Based in Nairobi) as a Researcher-Reporter 1980-85, Foreign News Correspondent for the Kenya Times Group of Newspapers (1985-88), Group Foreign News Editor, Nation Media Group (1988-2000), Media Consultant and Trainer including Safety and Protection of Journalists with the Media Council of Kenya, International Media Support (IMS- Denmark), International Research Exchange (IREX- US) since 2012 - and Managing Consultant Dual Media Services Ltd since 2012. John Gachie is the current Chair, Board of Trustees, ARTICLE 19 - Eastern Africa (Global Campaign on Freedom of Expression) and a former Board Member and Chair of Legal Resources Foundation Trust (LRF) one of the leading Human Rights NGO in Kenya. He holds an M.A. in Journalism Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff.

William Kirwa Kipkemboi

William Kipkemboi Kirwa is a Faculty member and Doctoral Fellow at the Strathmore Business School. He has extensive experience in the agricultural and financial sectors having served as the CEO for Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) for ten years and also served Barclays Bank of Kenya at senior positions for 8 years where he was involved in the setting up of Barclays Premier Banking. Among his major contributions at ADC is developing and implementing a strategic plan that saw to ADC’s revival, and ultimately the lead co-op in Crop and Livestock Production. He also spearheaded the ISO 9001:2008 Certification process of ADC. Read More

Ekuru Aukot

Ekuru Aukot hails from the “Kenya of the North”, the now, “oily” Turkana County of the former Northern Frontier Districts. He is the Founder of Thirdway Alliance Kenya (www.thirdwayalliance.org), initially founded as a political movement towards alternative & transformative leadership in Kenya, now a fully registered Political Party. He declared his Presidential bid (www.ekuruaukot.co.ke) in the forthcoming 2017 Elections in Kenya in order to re-write the story of Kenya, at least for future generations . From January 2014 to May 2016, he was UNDP’s Chief Technical & Senior Constitutional Advisor to the Liberian Constitution Review Committee (CRC). As the Expert on Constitutional Processes (February- April 2016), he assisted The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho to develop a roadmap for its constitution-making process. Read More

Henry Omusundi Maina

Henry Omusundi Maina is the current Regional Director of Article 19 Eastern Africa an international non -governmental organization that aims at empowering people and their rights through information.
He holds an MA in International Development Law and Human rights from the University of Warwick courtesy of the Chevening scholarship. He was in the class of 2007-2008. The Master’s program through the scholarship has enhanced his skills on governance and human rights and also opened up a unique network of friends and opportunities.

Jane Gitau

Jane has over 20 years’ professional experience as a journalist and Public Relations Consultant locally, regionally and internationally. She has worked for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a Communications Specialist,the Eastern African Sub regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI-Kampala) as a Program Officer, lectured at Uganda Christian University, the Anglican Church of Kenya as a Communications Officer and as a News Feature Writer for the Kenya Times Group of Newspapers.
Jane Gitau is the current Chair, Chevening Alumni Association of Kenya, and President of the Public Relations Society of Kenya and Secretary General of the African Public Relations Association.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff

Franklin Mugendi

Franklin is the current Director at Omega Risk Management. A company that deals with Security and risk, disaster management, Peace and conflict resolution. It is a key factor in peace & conflict resolution as well as crime and disaster analysis within the region and beyond.

He is a Security & Risk expert with over 20 years’ experience in investigations, security audits and surveys, security & risk assessments, physical security, business continuity planning, peace planning and conflict resolution as well as disaster management.
He holds an MA in Conflict Security and Management from Kings College courtesy of Chevening Scholarship. He was in the class of 2011-2012.
Upon completion of his studies and thanks to the exposure and earned knowledge he took a leap of faith and left 12 years of formal employment to become an entrepreneur in the security world.

Catherine Gichuki

Catherine is a An advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 13 years post admission experience. She has extensive knowledge in international law, conflict management and security issues. She holds a Masters of Laws In International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict from the University of Nottingham(UK)and Master of Arts in International Conflict Management(UoN).She is currently working as a Legal Officer at the African Union-United Nation Mission in Darfur(UNAMID)

Jedidah Waruhiu

Jedidah is currently a Commissioner with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has worked with both national and international public organizations and has practiced and advocated for human rights and freedoms with regard to constitutional reform, refugee and asylum protection, security sector reforms, penal reforms, and public education.
Jedidah has participated and monitored the general election since 1992.

Michelle Mumbi Gathigi

Michelle is the Head of Operations at Spatial Collective Limited, an organization which trains and supports communities and firms on how to adopt available technologies to collect data that is important to them, and then helps them store, own and analyze the data in order to make the most appropriate development solutions. Michelle’s expertise lies in project coordination, logistics and implementation with both local and international organizations.

She was awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2015/2016 to pursue a Master of Arts in International Relations (Diplomacy) at the University of Birmingham.

Michelle is currently a volunteer at the Chevening Alumni Association of Kenya.

James Mburu

James Mburu is a trained and qualified broadcast journalist with over 9 years working experience as a Communication expert, reporter, producer and researcher with both local (Capital FM, Baraka FM) and international media (BBC World Service, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, AfricaOnAir and Aljazeera English Network).
He holds two Masters’ Degrees, one in International Relations (Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and Development) from the United States International University class of 2013-2015 and a Master of Arts in Journalism, Media and Communication from Cardiff University in Wales courtesy of the Chevening scholarship class of 2015-2016.
Currently, besides working as a freelance producer and researcher for Aljazeera East African Bureau, he also works as a part time lecturer at Tangaza University College, where he lectures journalism courses.

Dr Caroline Kisia

Dr. Kisia is the Executive Director, Action Africa Help International a regional non-governmental organisation that supports livelihood-challenged communities and marginalised communities including pastoralists and urban slum dwellers in East and Southern Africa to sustainably improve their well-being and standard of living. She studied for the MSc Psychiatry at the University of Wales, College of Medicine 1996/1997.

Shillah Memusi

Shillah Memusi graduated from the Institute of Development and Policy Management, now Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. She currently is a Junior Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), having previously worked as the Research Coordinator at the Strathmore Centre for Law and Policy.
Shillah started off the Chevening Alumni Association facebook and twitter pages and closely monitors the activities on them.

Fatma Nyambura

Fatma is the Engagement Lead for the Extractives Hub, a knowledge management platform which provides up-to-date and trustworthy evidence, tools and toolkits for over 40 extractives sector topics and offers free technical support to governments in 30 focus countries. She is also the Assistant Project Manager for the Somalia Stability Fund, a multi-donor fund which supports peace and stability in Somalia.

Fatma is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Secretary. Prior to undertaking her Masters in Mineral Law and Policy, she practiced at a leading law firm in the Commercial and Conveyancing department. She is a Chevening alumnus of 2015/16 having studied at the University of Dundee.

Dr. Charles A. Khamala

He has a Ph.D. Droit Privé (Sciences Criminelles) from L’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, and an LL.B. (University of Nairobi). He is a practicing advocate of the High Court of Kenya for over 20 years, he is also enrolled on the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, East African Law Society, International Commission of Jurists (Kenya), International Law Association, World Society of Victimology and the ICC Bar Association. In 2016, he was Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rhodes University.

Charity W. Njuguna

Charity is a  Chevening scholar 2012/13 in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict at the University of Nottingham. She is the Legal Officer,  Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO),  United Nations Secretariat, New York. Her areas of expertise include  peacekeeping affairs, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, conduct and discipline issues, ethics and international criminal law just to mention a few areas.

Henry Belsoi

Belsoi is a Chevening Alumnus of 2001, he holds a Master of communication management (MCM) degree from the university of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom class of 2001. He is an expert on Telecommunication. He currently, working as a Consultant on the Tea Business in Kenya and general Governance issues.

He has previously worked for Telecom Kenya in diverse departments such as auditing, investigations and strategic planning. He has wealth of experience in the public, civil society and private sectors in the East African region. 

Benjamin Muindi

Benjamin Muindi is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications. He is completing his Ph.D. (Media Studies) at Daystar University. He previously headed the education desk at the Nation Media Group prior to joining the academia

He is a chevening Almnus of 2014 and hold a Masters degree in International journalism from the university of Leeds. He also studied Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi and pursued English and Literature (B.Ed) at Kenyatta University. 

Anthony Kioko

Anthony is a Chevening Alumnus of 2016/2017 and holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy Systems from the University of Leeds, UK. He is an expert in electricity generation by renewable sources (solar and wind). Previously, he was the Infrastructure-Facilities Manager at Sanergy Limited, a social enterprise solving sanitation problems in the informal settlements of Nairobi. He has experience in design scoping, planning execution

​and project management​ of electrical and civil projects.He has also managed small to medium-sized functional teams in a complex environment.

MARTHA MATHENGE

Martha Mathenge, is a Programme Officer on Governance, Peace and Security at UNDP-Kenya. She has over 15 years’ experience in multi-disciplinary/multi-cultural/multi-agency programming contexts on peacebuilding, crisis prevention, governance, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and the African development agenda. Martha has previously worked with UN-HABITAT, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and Practical Action.

She is a 2003/2004 Chevening scholar who holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Governance and Development Management, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Arch. Mwalyo Ndulu

Architect Ndulu is a Consulting Architect registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS). He is the Executive director at Acrick Consultants Limited with over 12 years’ experience in architectural design, interior design, project supervision, management and construction.

He holds a distinction in MSc. Renewable Energy and Architecture from University of Nottingham and Bachelor of Architecture honours degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He is passionate about sustainable, environmental friendly and energy efficient buildings. Arch. Ndulu is a member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE-UK).

Jim Kaketch

Kaketch holds an MSc, in Public Policy and Administration from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2016-2017 class. He also holds an MA in Political Science and Public Administration class of 2013-2015, courtesy of Merit Scholarship, University of Nairobi. He is an exceptionally organized and resourceful professional with more than 5 years’ experience in research process including various approaches and methodologies (qualitative, quantitative and success stories), policy making process, international best practices, and knowledge translation. Kaketch has a strong passion for political affairs, human rights, governance, devolution, social justice, and the translation and utilization of research evidence in policy-making.

VICTOR OTIENO

Is a publisher and has been the Executive Creative Director of Pure Design Limited since 2010. He holds a Master’s Degree in Design (Interior Architecture), Distinction from the university if wales class of 1995.

He has won Several awards for art, quiz, debate and design at international and national level. International Jury member, LAIF Awards for the Nigerian Advertising Association, Lagos. 2007. 

Jane Waithira Mbugua

Is an Independent Human Rights Lawyer. She holds an MA in Human Rights from the University of Nottingham class of 2006 and is the Advisor, Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development in the Federal Government of Somalia, Mogadishu, Somalia since 2007. She is currently, assisting the Federal Government of Somalia to prepare the Initial State Party Report on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which the government ratified in 2015. The UN CRC is one of the treaties studied in-depth in Nottingham. As a Chevenor, Jane has the stamina, skills and knowledge and a fallback in the wide resource base in fellow Chevenors to assist her carry out her duties, particularly building the capacity of staff at the ministry in Somalia

Emre Yuksek

Emre Yuksek is a Turkish Chevening Scholar (2015/2016) studied MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at University  Sussex in the UK. He has also earned master degrees in Middle East Studies (2010)  and Asian Studies (2015)  from the Middle East Technical University.  He has been working for the Turkish Government since 2006 at various departments and assigned for as Deputy Program Coordinator in Palestine (2006/2007), and Program Coordinator in Syria(2011)  and Lebanon(2012)  for Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency TIKA. He has a International Relations background and now in development studies, his main interests are post-conflict recovery, reconstruction programs, political transition processes, refugee returns, urban poverty and global inequalities.  Yuksek is now working as Program Coordinator for Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency TIKA in Nairobi since June 2017.

Henry Ochido

MA Literature, University of Nairobi.   Ochido is a Chevening Fellow (University of Glasgow) and a governance expert as well as a civil society specialist with specific expertise in Not for Profit/charitable organisation’s regulation and compliance.  He possesses experience spanning over 20 years as a senior manager, consultant and as a regulator.  This experience has been acquired both in the civil society and public sector. He has conducted research and provided expert support to public sector and civil society institutional strengthening projects in Kenya and within the East and Central African region. He has further been exposed to charity regulation and governance in England and Wales (Charities Commission), Scotland (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and South Africa. Read More

Faith

Faith is a Chevening Alumni, a Brand Ambassador and a recent graduate who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the United States International University and a Master’s Degree in International Journalism from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

She is a Tech-Savvy and a communications specialist possessing exceptional writing and editing skills.

Faith is the founder of UnME PR Firm, a Communications firm that is aimed at working with charitable organizations, Trade Associations, Government and Academic Institutions to produce highly creative and impactful communication.

She is passionate about women empowerment, personal branding and photography. She loves networking, travelling, adventuring and exploring new opportunities. Her biggest dream is to see all women, especially in Africa, get the opportunity to explore their interests, skills, and passion.

Faith is a natural leader and fights hard for what she believes in. She has participated in many leadership workshops, and she is consciously proactive at getting full involvement in any volunteer work. She feels volunteering

Maureen P

Maureen is a tax lawyer who is part of the 2015/16 Chevening cohort. She has been with the tax man for over 10 years and enjoys her current role as the in-charge of Offence Management Unit where she primarily decides on the offence fines threshold for offenders of tax laws whilst treading the delicate balance of not stifling legitimate traders. She is looking forward to the day Kenya’s annual budget will equal or be lower than tax collected.

Outside of work, Maureen loves to empower girls and women and link committed and bright students to opportunities for scholarships and jobs. In fact, during her law school years at the University of Nairobi, she caught the feminist bug whilst interning at Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA-K). Maureen is bubbly and never misses the opportunity to meet new people and interact on contemporary issues.