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The Board

Mr. Cyprian Nyamwamu -Chairperson-

Mr. Cyprian Nyamwamu (Chairperson) is a Pan-African governance, gender and leadership consultant who is currently the Executive Director of the Future of Kenya Foundation (FutureK); a democratic development organization working for the promotion of human rights, good governance, policy and legal reforms as well as deepening democracy and social justice. Before joining FutureK, he worked with the East African Democracy Foundation, an organization with a footprint in the five EAC countries. Mr. Nyamwamu was also the Executive Director of the National Convention Executive Council (NCEC); a civic organization that successfully created a social movement to spearhead Constitutional reforms in Kenya through mass civic mobilisation and engagement from 2005 to 2012.He has consulted with numerous organizations in Africa including UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, the Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (NIMD), IDASA, National Democratic Institute, Freedom House, and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA). Mr. Nyamwamu also sits on the UN Women Board.  Mr. Nyamwamu is a trained political scientist and also holds a Master’s in Policy and Public Administration from Kenyatta University.


Dr. Japhet Biegon

Dr. Japhet Biegon is the Africa Regional Advocacy Coordinator at Amnesty International. He leads and coordinates the organization’s engagement with African Union organs and institutions.Prior to joining Amnesty International, he was the Director of Investigations at the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA). From 2011 to 2013, he was the Director of Research at the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) where he coordinated and supervised the compilation of the Commission’s report.An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Japhet sits on the Advisory Board of the ESCR Human Rights Law Implementation Project (HRLIP), a collaborative project between four academic human rights centres (Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, and Pretoria) and the Open Society Justice Initiative. He is also a member of the Kenya National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.He has consulted for a wide range of international organizations and civil society organizations. He has published extensively on diverse human rights issues. His publications include edited books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. He holds a Doctor of Laws Degree in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria.


Ms. Katindi Sivi-Njonjo

Ms. Katindi Sivi-Njonjo is a consultant at Longview Consult, a socio-economic research, policy analysis and foresight firm that works with individuals, companies, and governments to understand possible futures that may occur in order to strategically help prepare for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Prior to that, she served as the Programme Director at the Society for International Development (SID), an international organization that conducts research and facilitates development dialogue. Before joining SID, she was head of Futures at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a program that focused on research, policy analysis and foresight. She has done groundbreaking work on inequality, youth and policy options for future development. In 2008, she was selected by the Kenyan government to join the country’s Vision 2030 team to write the youth, gender and vulnerable groups chapter of the vision and the first Medium Term Plan. Ms. Njonjo has served on various boards including “Yes Youth Can”, Emerging Leaders Foundation, Youth Agenda, and Tumaini Clinics, among others. Ms. Njonjo holds a B.A. in international Relations and an M.Sc. in Organizational Development from United States International University, Kenya. She is currently a PhD candidate at Regent University, USA, studying strategic foresight.


Mr. John Ochola

Mr. John Ochola is a trade and development expert who has been working as the Coordinator of Econews Africa until his appointment to the board. He has worked extensively on governance issues and was the East Africa Programme Officer in charge of Accountable Governance, Economic Justice and Rights at Christian Aid before joining Econews Africa. Mr. Ochola works with the United Nations Volunteers. Previously, he has worked with a UN Habitat project on the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), an alliance of global, regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Nottingham and is currently pursuing a PhD in Development Studies at the Jomo Kenyatta University for Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).


 

Dr. Miriam Oiro Omolo

Dr. Miriam Oiro Omolo is the Executive Director at the African Policy Research Institute, a not-for-profit policy research think tank that was established with the objective to create a permanent memory cell and a professional body that would adopt a multidimensional approach in policy research and communication to serve as inputs that boost the effectiveness of public interventions at formulation and implementation levels. Before joining APRI, she was the Programme Coordinator at the Institute of Economic Affairs; an economic think-tank on public policy in Kenya combining the roles of administration and management, research and capacity development and reporting as well as managing the Trade and Development Programme. Dr. Omolo has also worked independently as a consultant for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) as well as the World Bank where she undertook a public expenditure review analysis for Kenya as well as a poverty analysis to enable the identification of poor and vulnerable households from household surveys and census data for inclusion in the safety net programme of the World Bank. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of South Africa.


The Secretariat

Mr. Edgar Odari

Mr. Edgar Odari is the Executive Director at Econews Africa. He previously worked as a Programme Coordinator at Econews before taking this position. He is a lawyer specializing in trade, investment and extractives. Mr. Odari previously worked for TRIDE-BAC Consulting; a trade and investment consulting group and before that was a Programme Officer at the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) in its Kenyan office. He has previously consulted independently for a number of institutions including the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Norwegian Church Aid, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Diakonia Kenya, Tata Chemicals Magadi and CARITAS Kitui among others. He is a lawyer specializing in trade, investment and extractives and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Moi University. He was part of the 2015 cohort of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) training by the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in collaboration with the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) of the African Union.


Mr. Bernard Ochieng

Mr. Bernard Ochieng is a governance, policy and community development practitioner working as a Programme Officer in charge of Extractives and Development at Econews Africa. He has six years of continuous practice in building communities based on justice and mutual respect and influencing relationships between ordinary people and people in positions of power. Bernard has previously worked for Caritas Kitui under the Catholic Diocese of Kitui as a Coordinator in the Governance and Human Rights Programme specifically focusing on implementing the extractive governance work, policy advocacy, building citizen oversight, community organizing and capacity building at county and national level. He holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Research and Public Policy. He is also a writer and editor with the Basilican Magazine since 2015.


Mr. Davies Nyachieng’a

Mr. Davies Nyachieng’a is working as the Trade and Investment Program Officer at Econews. He is an
economist with vast interests in the subject including areas related to trade, investment, finance,
labour and development. Prior to joining Econews, he served as a Junior Economist at KASI Insight, a
leading provider of data, measures and insights related to the African continent. Davies has also
worked at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) under the Macroeconomics Statistics
Directorate, Almaco Management Consultants and Mennonite Economic Development Associates
(MEDA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Economics, both from the University of
Guelph based in Ontario, Canada.


Ms. Branice Anyango

Ms. Branice Anyango is a Public Relations professional working as a Program Assistant in-charge of the Madini Wazi programme. She is a practitioner with keen interest in Communication methods, trade and mining, environmental conservation and the extractive sector. Before joining Econews Africa, Ms. Branice worked with the World Fair Trade Organization, Africa and ME (Middle East) as a Social Media Officer with duties including fair trade awareness, campaigns and awareness on matters pertaining to promotion of locally manufactured goods. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Communication from Multimedia University of Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications in the same University.