Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur and media personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. She is an independent director on the boards of Brand KENYA and Acumen Communications Ltd, and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA. Julie’s career in the media over the past 15 years has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media. She has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series — The Inside Story — on KTN, to various current affairs shows at NTV, including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You The Jury and The People’s Voice, and the celebrated news program Sunday Live. Also in the list are peace and reconciliation programs such as Fist to Five at Citizen TV and the celebrated post-election peace specials Voices of Reason. Through ARIMUS Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, high school debate platform Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series Maisha.
CS John Kiyonga Munyes
Cabinet Secretary in charge of Petroleum and Mining, Kenya
John Kiyonga Munyes is a Kenyan politician born in 1966 in Turkana County. He is a graduate of St Francis University. He belonged to the Party of National Unity and was elected to represent the Turkana North Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007. He later represented Turkana county as a Senator in the Senate of Kenya as elected in the Kenya Senate elections, 2013 and is a member of the FORD-Kenya political party. He has occupied cabinet positions under President Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyattas’ governments. In 2018, he was nominated by the current President of the Republic of Kenya to serve as Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of Petroleum and Mining, a post he currently holds.
Executive Director (Tax Justice Network – Africa)
Alvin is the founding Executive Director of Tax Justice Network- Africa. Under the guidance of the Board, he oversees the management of the Secretariat.Alvin holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. As the founding Director of TJN-A, Alvin, who serves also as the vice Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, is a leading voice on tax policy in Africa. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Open Government Partnerships.
Charles “Mase” Onyango-Obbo, also Charles Onyango Obbo, (born 1958) is a Ugandan author, journalist, and former Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa. He is a former Managing Editor of The Monitor, a daily Ugandan newspaper, former Executive Editor for the Africa and Digital Media Division with Nation Media Group. Considered one of the finest journalists in Africa, Onyango-Obbo is a political commentator on issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, “Ear to the Ground”, in The Monitor, a second column in the regional weekly The EastAfrican, and a third in the Daily Nation.
Coordinator, Kenya Platform Oil and Gas Platform (KCSPOG)
Charles Wanguhu is a social activist with a strong governance and human rights background. Wanguhu is the current coordinator of the Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas. At the platform he coordinates civil society to provide a collective voice on Oil, Gas and broader extractive issues. Wanguhu previously headed the programmes department at the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) a think tank with a focus on the structural causes of corruption. Prior to joining AfriCOG he worked with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and also spent a period at the Danish Institute for Human rights (DIHR) in Copenhagen undertaking research in Business and Human rights. He has wide-ranging experience in assisting multinationals in compliance with human rights principles and risk management. Wanguhu is an alumnus of the Draper Hills Fellow Program at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and holds an LLM Masters in Law in International and Commercial Dispute Resolution.
Dr. Claude Kabemba
Executive Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)
Claude Kabemba holds a PhD in International Relations (Political economy) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Thesis: Democratisation and the Political Economy of a Dysfunctional State: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo.) Dr. Kabemba’s main areas interest include the political economy of Sub Saharan Africa, with focus on democratization, natural resource governance, foreign policy and conflict resolution in Sub Saharan Africa. Dr. Kabemba is regularly approached by both local and international media for comments on political and social issues on the continent. His publication record spans from books (as editor), book chapters, journal articles, monographs, research reports, and newspaper articles.
Head of Advocacy (FEMNET)
Crystal is a holder of an MA in African studies and rural economic development. Her career has centered around fighting inequalities at a village level all the way to regional and global spaces and platforms using a wide range of approaches and skills which she now brings to the women’s movement. Gender and macroeconomic issues and Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) keep her up at night. She has a passion for intersectional feminism and can be found discovering new hidden spots to do interesting things across Kenya in her spare time.
Senior Advisor (AMI)
Eric Chinje is the immediate former CEO of AMI, having served the organization in that capacity from July 2014 to December 2017. Before then, Eric was a Senior Advisor at KRL International LLC, a Washington-based consultancy specialising in the emerging markets. He has also worked as the Director for Strategic Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a position he took up at the start of 2012, and as the World Bank’s Communications Manager for Africa. In the latter role, he also led the Global Development Program at the World Bank Institute (WBI) and, in that capacity, launched the IMAGE (Independent Media for Accountability, Governance and Empowerment) capacity building program for development journalism in the Bank’s client countries. Eric spent four years at the African Development Bank in Tunis as head of that institution’s External Affairs and Communications Unit. He studied at the Universities of Yaounde (Cameroon), Syracuse (New York) and Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Other previous positions include journalistic activities, e.g. as Editor-in-Chief of Cameroon Television and contributing reporter for CNN World Report. Eric has received several awards and distinctions. He is an Officer of the Cameroon Order of Merit and an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau.
Associate Director of Great Lakes Institute of Strategic Studies
Godber W. Tumushabe is a Lawyer, advocate, policy analyst and social entrepreneur. LLM, Makerere University, Master’s in Juridical Science, Stanford Law School. Founder, Technology Frontiers Education Centre. Godber is the former Executive Director, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE).
Deputy Regional Director, Oxfam in Horn, East and Central Africa
Peter Kamalingin B.L is a passionate leader, development practitioner, humanitarian worker and policy analyst devoted to finding African solutions to African problems. He has over 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work across Africa and Asia. He is the Deputy Regional Director, Oxfam in Horn, East and Central Africa. Prior to this, he was Country Director at Oxfam in Uganda, Associate Country Director at Oxfam in Somalia. He also worked at the regional Oxfam offices as Representative for Humanitarian Planning in The Horn of Africa. Peter has worked with other INGOs, such as CARE, ActionAid or UNDP at programme and policy advisor level. He holds an MA in International Relations (UoN, Nairobi), MA Peace & Conflict Studies (EPU, Austria), BA Political Science & Public Administration (MUK, Kampala).
Programme Manager, Natural Justice
Rose provides guidance and oversight to the community environmental legal officer team, comments on relevant laws and project impact assessments. Rose has expertise in environmental impact assessments and is currently undertaking a training course, sponsored by SIDA, on strategic environmental impact assessments. Rose is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, holding an LL.B from Moi University, a PG-Dip from the Kenya School of Law and an LLM.
Regional Manager, East and Southern Africa, Resource Governance Institute
Prior to joining NRGI in 2009, Silas spent three years leading Oxfam International’s advocacy and knowledge sharing initiative in Tanzania. He has also served as capacity building advisor with the Netherlands Development Organization, head of the planning department for the Ngara District Council in northwest Tanzania and manager of the European Development Fund-Micro Project Program in the Lake Victoria region. Silas holds an advanced diploma in economic planning from the Institute of Development Management Mzumbe in Tanzania, where he has lectured on economic planning, and a M.S. in agricultural development and rural finance from the Development and Project Planning Center at the University of Bradford.
Oxfam Southern Africa Regional Extractives Lead
Titus Gwemende has more than 12 years experience mainly in natural resource governance and anti corruption research and advocacy in Southern Africa. He was Senior Policy Advisor to the Netherlands Foreign Affairs’ mission in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe where he sat on the highest donor coordination platform, the Policy Committee of the Analytical Multi Donor Trust Fund (AMDTF) which was administered by the World Bank. Titus also served as head of Transparency International in Zimbabwe, where he coordinated research, advocacy and capacity building programs on among other things political finance in five southern African countries. He holds an MA in International affairs from Ohio University. He is a past Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford University and Reagan Fasceal Fellow with National Endowment for Democracy.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Media Council of Kenya)
In addition to managing the programmes portfolio at the Council, Victor runs trainings on safety and protection of journalists, specialised reporting and emerging issues in the media in Kenya and the East and Great Horn of Africa. He has consulted on media relations, speech writing, copy editing and communication strategies, advocacy and journalists’ safety and protection in Africa. He previously worked at ARTICLE 19 covering 10 African countries on journalists’ safety and media freedoms, has been a writer for the Nation Media Group and The Standard as well as being a Communications Officer at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. He has taught at the United States International University (USIU), Mt. Kenya University, Technical University of Kenya and the Great Lakes University in science communication and advocacy, news writing, media law and communication ethics and editing. He is a founding editor of the K’ógalo and Kenyan Rugby Inc, magazines. Victor holds an MA in Communication and Media Studies, Post- Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication and a BA from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Post- Graduate Diploma in Environmental Journalism and Communication from Makerere University, Uganda. He is a certified physical safety, first aid and emotional self- care trainer for journalists.
Senior Advisor, Leadership and Communications (AMI)
Mr Mwangi provides general editorial and media support to AMI, drawing from his more than 30 years’ experience in journalism in East Africa. He successfully led and managed AMI’s project — the Leadership Guiding Principles for African Media Owners and Managers — from conceptualization, through to research, drafting and launch, making it one of the organisation’s flagship projects. He markets the guidelines and trains media leaders on their values as well as providing critical inputs in strengthening AMI’s networks in the media industry and with potential non-media supporters. He is a key member of the AMLF organizing and coordinating team. At the time of his retirement from the Nation Media Group, he was the longest serving editorial director in East Africa, guiding the organisation’s editorial strategy and strengthening its role as a credible partner in the social transformation of the country. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature in English and Political Science, MBA qualifications in strategic management from Strathmore Business School, an Advanced Management Programme certificate, and a post-graduate diploma in Mass Communications.
Executive Director, Global Alert, Uganda
A human and rights activist, Winfred Ngabiirwe has over 16 years of experience in development work. She holds a Masters degree in Human Rights, and a Bachelors of Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University. She has attended various short courses on extractives including recently, the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development Executive Training at Columbia Centre for Sustainable Development. Winfred has over the last 10 years worked in Uganda’s oil rich and frontline areas supporting women and young people’s efforts addressing land acquisition, resettlement and compensation as land acquisition for oil investments intensifies. She has over the years worked with artisanal and small scale miners to promote safe and productive spaces for women in gold mines in Uganda.