Yvonne E. Mwende

Yvonne E. Mwende is a Development Communication Specialist with a decade of experience (10 years) designing and implementing communications and advocacy strategies and storytelling with a nose for impact stories. She has extensive experience with multi-stakeholder communication initiatives, supporting non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and the private sector in Kenya and internationally. A thought leader, she has authored publications on women’s rights, social justice, human rights, and inequality, among other social development issues. She has actively engaged in influencing women’s socio-political gains in Kenya through profiling women political aspirants, aggravating for policy implementation around the two-thirds gender principle, and advocating for women’s economic empowerment programs. She is an alumna of the African Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Initiative (AWLMI) by Urgent Action Fund-Africa in collaboration with Coady International Institute. Her mission is to create enabling environments that sustain gender transformative leadership and equitable development. She serves as a Board Member with the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK)

Mbuki Mburu

Mbuki Mburu is a Public policy and youth development advocate with significant experience in participatory development strategies, public policy research and analysis underpinned by a deep commitment to social justice. Ms. Mbuki currently serves as the National Coordinator of “Sauti Sasa Campaign” at AMREF Health Africa.

Ms. Mbuki has worked at national, regional and International levels where she has, among others, addressed the United Nations General assembly (UNGA) during the International Conference on Population and Development and a speaker at High Level Political Forum during the review of SDGs and UN 75th Commemoration at the United Nations Headquarters. Locally, she has co-founded youth initiatives, participated in development and review of policies affecting young people and championed Public Interest Litigation in favor of young people’s interest. Mbuki is an Africa Laureate on Advocacy and Community Action recognized by Africa Kitoko and serves as a board Member at Siasa Place.

David Shamala

David Shamala is a human rights activist and community advocate. He is committed to combating social exclusion at both the grassroots and international levels, particularly in the areas of youth, children and women’s rights. He is also an independent Human Resource Management Consultant for Not-for-Profits.

Amisa Rashid

Amisa is the Founder and Executive Director of Nivishe Foundation whose main objective is building community resilient using Trauma informed programs for peaceful social cohesion to her community by creating safe spaces and offering psychosocial support to victims of violence. Being an individual who values inclusivity she has pioneered Nivishe in offering Mental Health services through sign languages which since its commencement has managed to serve 200 individuals with hearing Aid challenges. To have a holistic approach in her field she is also a 2020 IPHRD (International Peace and Human Rights Development) Africa Fellow as a young woman Mediator Ambassador. She is the also the only Kenyan chosen among 10 participants globally to participate in the 2021 Orygen Global fellowship for young Mental Health Advocates as well as the top 10 finalist of the Global students prize. Amisa is also a Public Policy Enthusiast as she aims in creating more changes in her space using Policies hence a fellow for the Future Africa program.

Ambasa Elijah

Ambasa Elijah is a governance and policy expert with over 14 years’ experience on Human Rights, Access to Justice, Accountability and Inclusion. He is also an expert in legislative procedure & practice, ethics, and policy and legislative drafting. He is currently Parliamentary Lead for Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) on Inclusion and Accountable Politics. He has worked with African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption as a National Coordinator, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) as Chapters & County Affairs Manager, Transparency International Kenya as a Governance & Policy Advisor, Task Force on Devolved Government (TFDG) in 2011 as a Research Officer, State University of New York (SUNY Kenya) seconded to the Kenya National Assembly as a Junior Legislative Fellow, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). He holds Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and Public Administration (University of Nairobi), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Public Administration (Moi University) and Diploma in Business Administration (Kisumu National Polytechnic) and currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi.

Francis Kairu

Francis Kairu is a lawyer currently focusing on Illicit Financial and Economic Crime, Corporate Transparency and Beneficial Ownership, Anticorruption, Asset Recovery, Natural Resource Governance and Access to Justice. He has had varid experience working with government agencies, civil society organizations, multilateral institutions, media groups and communities strengthening technical capacity to respond to emerging and complex legal issues. He is advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) and Master’s degree in law (LLM) from the University of Washington.

Barbara Wamunyokoli

Barbara is a HR professional with cumulative experience spanning 24 years in the Administration and HR role having worked in the Education sector for the past 10 years. She is currently working as a Human Resource Manager at Kitengela International Schools. A holder of BCom degree from University of Nairobi and undertaking MSc. In Human Resource Management at University of Nairobi. She is also a full member of IHRM and board member at Siasa Place.

Siasa Place is an NGO formed 2015 that aims to create an enabling environment for women and youth mainstreaming into our body politics.

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