To many, KHRC remains the Vanguard for Human Rights and Champion for Democracy during the 30 years of its existence. It is for this reason the KHRC Board and staff is constituted of the foremost leaders and activists in the struggles for human rights and governance in Kenya and beyond.
To this regard, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Betty Okero as our Vice Chair to the Board; Nerima Wako-Ojiwa; Kwamchetsi Makokha; Lorna Dias and Wanjiru Gikonyo as Board Members; and Cornelius Oduor as our Deputy Executive Director (DED).
Brief profiles of the new members:
- Betty Okero has been on the board of KHRC for the last 4 years. A seasoned champion of human rights, access to justice, conflict management, and democracy and governance working with indigent communities; Betty is the Executive Director of the Civil Society Organizations Network (CSO Network) and the Coordinator of the Angaza Movement among other social justice organizations.
- Nerima Wako-Ojiwa is a Kenyan political analyst who currently serves as the Executive Director of Siasa Place, an organization led by young people that engages young Kenyans, educating them about the constitution, governance, and electoral processes, through community engagements and social media. Nerima is also a columnist with "The East African" and is a 2018 Obama Leaders Fellow.
- Kwamchetsi Makokha is an experienced communication specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the media and has over two decades on the frontline of the struggle for human dignity. He is currently a consultant with Form & Content Consultancy. He is well-published and is a columnist for the Daily Nation, The Elephant, and other digital platforms.
- Lorna Dias is a media consultant and social justice activist with 15 years of experience in policy engagement and advocacy on governance, human rights, and HIV and is an AusAID Australian Leadership Award Fellow. Currently tl1e Executive Coordinator of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya
(GALCK) she has contributed to several publications on violence, sexual health and human rights for sexual and gender minorities, sex workers, and people who use drugs, and has supporte
- Wanjiru Gikonyo is a champion of good governance and has over 15 years in the promotion of citizen-led accountability in Kenya. Through her work, she has contributed towards public participation and social accountability practice in Kenya and has been vocal in promoting and protecting devolution. She is tl1e founder of The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), a foremost governance institution in Kenya.
- Cornelius Oduor is a Social Scientist by training, with over ten years of experience in managing Civic Education and Governance programmes. He is currently the Centre for Enhancing Democracy & Good Governance Chief Executive Officer, based in Nakuru. He has consulted on participatory approaches and public finance management and has participated in tl1e development of social accountability guides for various Civil Society Organizations in Kenya. He is well versed in administration, leadership, communication and organization skills.
The appointments take immediate effect and are meant to strengthen KHRC's role as a leading organization in exposing and combating societal injustices and standing between power and powerlessness. It is also timely as we develop and execute our strategic blueprint dedicated to confronting the endless social, economic, political, environmental, and technological conundrums in society during the next 5 years.
The KHRC and human rights movement will be enriched by the in-depth knowledge and unrivalled experiences of these very distinguished leaders. They join other existing board members: Maina Kiai Fr Gabriel Dolan and Davis Malombe - Ex-officio. Together with our prolific management and operational staff, we are committed to taking our institutional vision and mandate to the next level.
Kindly join me in welcoming the new team to the leadership of the Commission. We continue to count on your outstanding support and partnership.