Our Team

Based in Kenya and the UK, our people have a wealth of diverse expertise and a shared commitment to amplifying voices across the African continent

Our Team


Alex Lewis, PhD
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Cambridge, UK

Alex Lewis, PhD

Researcher

alex@africasvoices.org

Alex undertakes geographic information system (GIS) work for Africa’s Voices. She originally trained as a Marine Biologist and holds a PhD from the University of York and an MSc in Geospatial Analysis from University College London. She has worked as a researcher for universities, non-governmental organisations and government departments and has carried out international research in Venezuela, Mongolia and Malaysian Borneo.

Claudia Abreu Lopes, PhD
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Cambridge, UK

Claudia Abreu Lopes, PhD

Senior Advisor - Research & Innovation

claudia@africasvoices.org

Claudia led our pilot research project at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights which laid the foundations for Africa’s Voices Foundation. She is trained as a social psychologist and holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Claudia has several years of experience working in Africa on research projects related to new technologies and audience interactivity. Claudia also teaches Statistics and Methods at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.

Deborah Sambu
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Nairobi, Kenya

Deborah Sambu

Researcher

deborah@africasvoices.org

Deborah is a social researcher with over six years experience in quantitative and qualitative research. As an English and French speaker, she brings a wealth of experience in managing research projects in East, Central, West and Southern Africa. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice, from the Market Research Society, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Moi University. She is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Language (French) at Kenyatta University.

Fatima Dahir Mohammed
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Nairobi, Kenya

Fatima Dahir Mohammed

Research Officer

fatima@africasvoices.org

Joshua Holmes
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Cambridge, UK

Joshua Holmes

Product and Innovation Officer

joshua@africasvoices.org

Joshua works on designing and developing the Africa’s Voices product portfolio. Prior to joining AVF, he launched and sustained financial technology products in Europe and South-East Asia. He holds an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. He is driven to better connect citizen voices to decision making in the development, humanitarian and governance sectors.

Moses Maina
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Nairobi, Kenya

Moses Maina

Project Manager

Moses began working on the Africa’s Voices research pilot at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights in 2011. He has a passion for participatory development; creating spaces for the voiceless to freely participate in development debates and decision-making. Moses is in his final year of a Development Studies MA at Mt. Kenya University. He holds a Diploma in Project Management and a BA degree in Community Development at Kenyatta University.

Naima Ibrahim
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Nairobi, Kenya

Naima Ibrahim

Project Engagement and Analysis Officer

naima@africasvoices.org

Naima has 5 years’ experience in research, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in various research firms. She has a BA in development communication from the University of Nairobi. Previously she headed development and emergency response programs at Transtec SA also coordinated Dfid call centre located in Nairobi used in monitoring Somali humanitarian programs funded by UKAID. At Africa’s Voices, she manages relationships with our media partners by supporting design and implementation of media and engagement plans of projects.
She is passionate about research, community work and peace-building.

Partha Moman
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Nairobi, Kenya

Partha Moman

Researcher

partha@africasvoices.org

Partha leads our work in Somalia, and on governance and on social accountability in the humanitarian contexts. Prior to working with Africa’s Voices he was a Research Assistant at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and worked for the Africa Programme at Chatham House. He holds a MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from the University of Durham. He is interested in understanding new opportunities for citizen empowerment amidst changing dynamics of politics and governance in East Africa.

Ranjeeta Walia
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Nairobi, Kenya

Ranjeeta Walia

Senior Finance Manager

ranjeeta@africasvoices.org

Ranjeeta Walia is a qualified accountant (FCCA, FCPA(K)) with a BSc. (Hons.) in Applied Accounting and an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the UK.) She has over ten years of experience which includes experience in audit, the corporate and non-profit sectors. She currently works as a Senior Finance Manager with Africa’s Voices Foundation and is a part-time financial consultant.

Rita Zágoni
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Nairobi, Kenya

Rita Zágoni

Researcher

rita@africasvoices.org

Starting out in Sociology and Philosophy and landing in data science, Rita’s journey has covered social science research, data analysis, and data privacy advocacy. Prior to joining Africa’s Voices, she has worked at the Central European University and at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. She particularly enjoys supporting technology projects for civic participation and delivering data skills trainings for NGOs and journalists.

Sandra Zerbo
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Nairobi, UK

Sandra Zerbo

Project Manager

sandra@africasvoices.org

Sandra has over seven years experience of launching and managing programmes in West, Central, and East Africa. She holds a Political Science MSc from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a Development Studies MSc as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation scholar at SOAS, University of London. Originally from Burkina Faso, Sandra and has a keen interest in women’s labour market participation and structural transformation in developing countries.

Sharath Srinivasan, PhD
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Nairobi, Kenya

Sharath Srinivasan, PhD

Co-founder and Director

sharath@africasvoices.org

As Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, Sharath conceived of Africa’s Voices within a larger research programme and developed it into an independent charity. How can citizens, writ large, better influence social and political change in Africa? His research is firmly grounded in a career prior to academia in international aid. With Africa’s Voices, he marries this with skills developed as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. Initially trained in Law, he holds an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University and is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Sharath is based in our Nairobi office.

Sidney Ochieng
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Nairobi, Kenya

Sidney Ochieng

Data Analyst

sidney@africasvoices.org

David Good, PhD
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Cambridge, UK

David Good, PhD

Trustee

Dr. David Good is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and a King’s College Fellow. His research interests include how our understanding of human communication can contribute to the design and use of new informational and communication technologies. David serves on all the major University governance bodies, and has been Director of Education at the Cambridge MIT Institute (2000-08), the Director of Education for the School of Biological Sciences (2011-16), and an external academic adviser to and member of the Council of the Royal College of Art (2004-2012).

David Green
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London, UK

David Green

Trustee

Sir G. David Green, is the former Director-General of The British Council, and Director of Voluntary Services Overseas (1990-99). Before that, David worked at Save the Children (1976-90). With a strong interest in the arts, David has served as Chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and on the board at The Royal Court Theatre and London University of the Arts.

Fiona Napier
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Nairobi, Kenya

Fiona Napier

Trustee

Fiona Napier has more than ten years of experience working in the philanthropic, NGO, and development sectors in South Africa and now, Kenya. Fiona’s academic background is in epidemiology in public health. She feels that Africa’s Voices offers great potential to both; (i) reach and hear people’s perspectives who have not yet been consulted, and (ii) get people’s feedback on a mass scale — which offers more reliable data and a mass of insights.
Laila Macharia, PhD
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Nairobi, Kenya

Laila Macharia, PhD

Trustee

Laila Macharia is a Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, backing upcoming entrepreneurs in education, health, financial technology and data solutions. Between 2007 and 2014, she was the Founder CEO of Scion Real — an investment firm focused on urban development in Africa. Until 2016, Laila was the Vice Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). She holds a doctorate in law (J.S.D) from Stanford Law School. Her dissertation focused on telecommunications sector reform in Kenya.

Simon Cairns
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London, UK

Simon Cairns

Co-founder and Chairperson of Trustees

From previous roles (Chair of Voluntary Services Overseas, Overseas Development Institute, and the Charities Aid Foundation) and as a founding Board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and International Board of Turkana Basin Institute, Lord Cairns is determined local voices are better listened to and understood by governments, multi-national donors and NGOs as they seek to serve the underprivileged.

Alan Blackwell, PhD
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Cambridge, UK

Alan Blackwell, PhD

Advisor

Alan is Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and also the Director of the Crucible network for research in interdisciplinary design. Crucible is a research network dedicated to promoting rigorous research collaboration between technologists and researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He is interested in Technology Design Research, Digital Aesthetics, and Sociotechnical Systems.

Guy Emerson
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Cambridge, UK

Guy Emerson

Computational linguist, consultant

Guy is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, working in the field of computational linguistics.  His thesis work aims to bridge the gap between formal semantics and machine learning.  After completing a BA in mathematics and an MEng in computer science at Cambridge, he spent a year at the University of the Saarland, Germany, where amongst other things, he was involved in a project applying natural language processing to low-resource languages.

Sebastian Ahnert, PhD
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Cambridge, UK

Sebastian Ahnert, PhD

Advisor

Sebastian’s expertise in network analysis, and its application to social sciences, is a foundation of Africa’s Voices sophisticated analysis techniques and user interface. Sebastian is a Royal Society and University Research Fellow in the Theory of Condensed Matter group of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.