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
Samuel Kimeu has been the Executive Director of Transparency International Kenya since 2010. He previously served as a Governance Specialist at the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi and the Executive Director of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists. He has also taught law at the Kenyatta University School of Law in Nairobi-Kenya. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of both the Law Society of Kenya and the East African Law Society. He holds a Master of Laws degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi. Mr. Kimeu is currently serving as an elected member of The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) since August 2019 and The Board of Transparency International since October 2017.
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.
Anna’s background is in applied research in conflict affected states, predominantly in South Sudan and Somalia. Prior to joining AVF Anna worked as Assessment Manager for REACH Initiative in Somalia, focusing on trends in displacement and humanitarian service provision. She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.
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.
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.
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 the telecommunications sector reform in Kenya.
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 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.
Luke’s research is in the design of socio-techinical systems, focusing on improving peoples’ experience of interacting with complexity. He has previously worked on the human-centric design of programming languages and AI systems for Autodesk and Google, He is an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge in Human Computer Interaction, and a bi-fellow at Churchill college.
Isaack has over 3 years experience implementing and maintaining systems, infrastructure and providing strategic IT leadership . He holds an Msc IT – Business Intelligence from Strathmore University and Bachelor of Business in IT from Jomo Kenyatta University. He is passionate about leveraging software development and data science to power innovative and impactful humanitarian research and projects.
Elena has four years’ experience working on DFID, World Bank and USAID projects in the fields of health, governance, and education, including a background in driving partnerships with the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Prior to joining Africa’s Voices, Elena worked for Cambridge Education (Mott MacDonald) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania. She holds a MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a MA (Hons) in International Relations and Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. She is interested in new paradigms for development that leverage on strong synergies between traditional development partners and innovative approaches to put citizens at the forefront of decision-making.
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).
Adrian is a Chief Administrative Officer at the World Bank, Director of Sightsavers International and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Previously, he spent 14 years in the voluntary sector, including as Chief Accountant of Voluntary Service Overseas and Finance Director of Sightsavers International.
Dr. Frasia Wangari Karua is a medical doctor with a Doctorate in Business Administration -Finance and postgraduate training in Public Health and in Organisational Development. She is also a Clinical Leadership fellow of the Joanna Briggs Institute at Adelaide University. She is a member of the Industrial Property Tribunal in Kenya as well as the Global advisory committee of Tech Care for All. She previously served as a member of the Global Access to Medicine Index Expert Review Committee. Frasia has over 10 years of experience in healthcare industry in Africa having worked as the General Manager of Amref Enterprises Limited a subsidiary of Amref Health Africa that she set up as a Social Enterprise; Sub Sahara Medical Affairs for AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Limited; Medical Insurance Manager at UAP Insurance; Director of Projects at Crystal Hill Limited and Clinical Projects Coordinator & Foundation Board Secretary at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital. Frasia is passionate about the achievement of SDGs through entrepreneurship, gender equality, sound leadership and governance.
Khadija holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently undertaking a Diploma in Project Management, she is also trained on Strategic Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation of Humanitarian Programs. She has over 5 years’ experience working in social change and transformational research in Somalia, in areas of governance, accountability and access to justice for women and girls. She has also worked in a project aimed at countering violent extremism with youth groups in Nairobi, Kenya. Khadija is driven by a passion to serve communities affected by conflict and especially the vulnerable populations such as women,children and youth.
Alexander holds a BA in computer science from the University of Cambridge. Before joining Africa’s Voices he was a member of the University of Cambridge’s Rainbow Research Group, where he developed novel interactive visualisations, including of critical care data and of body-worn camera feeds.
Anne is an ACCA qualified accountant with over 9 years of progressive technical experience in financial management, administration, auditing, grant management and project reporting. She is currently working part time as a Finance and Administrative Assistant at Africa’s Voices and as an accounting consultant .
George has 18 years of experience in research, strategic communication, capacity building, and project implementation. He is has been a lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nairobi and previously taught at Ohio University and Hampshire College in USA.
George holds a PhD in Mass Communication and Master’s in Development Communication from Ohio University and a BA in Political Science and Linguistics from the University of Nairobi. He has worked in various sectoral areas– health, democracy and governance, education and training, livelihoods and resource mobilisations. He has also worked for diverse organizations in public, private and development sectors across Eastern and Central Africa.
He is an aspiring farmer and passionate about engaging communities and people.
Anna has over 10 years of experience in research and evaluation in international development, with a focus on the role of data, media and communications in governance and social and behaviour change. She is a PhD student at The Open University (UK), conducting interdisciplinary research on the role of ICTs, in particular social media, in influencing the citizenship capabilities of women in Kenya.
Former journalist and documentary filmmaker, she is also a Participatory Video facilitator. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BSc in Journalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Damaris is an operations management professional with more than 14 years of experience in project management, financial management and accounting, project start-ups, administration, procurement and logistics. She has previously worked for large democracy and governance projects in Kenya funded, among others, by USAID and DFID.
She is passionate about social impact and bringing change to society through impactful citizen engagement.
Gladys specialises in Natural Language Processing and was involved in the Well Told Story project at Africa’s Voices during her undergraduate degree. She continues to contribute to the project today as a data scientist and works on linguistic models to analyse Sheng, a West African hybrid language spoken by young people in Nairobi.
Gladys holds a BA in Linguistics and an MPhil in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
Mercy has over 5 years’ experience in social and market research and community engagement. Most recently she was a field assistant at GROOTS Kenya where she led on the development of research tools and data collection and analysis. She holds a BA in Community Development from St Paul’s University. She is passionate about research and monitoring and evaluation.
Nasra has recently graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BA in Psychology and Tourism. She is contributing to AVF’s work in Somalia.
Samatar has extensive experience in political and civil rights research, particularly in Somalia. Prior to joining AVF, he was a Research Assistant at Human Rights Watch and he briefly worked for UNFPA. He is a Somali—English translator and speaks Somali, English and Kiswahili with native proficiency. He holds a Diploma in Communication Studies from Atlas College. He is passionate about human rights that lead to positive social change, particularly for conflict-affected communities.
Salahweli has 8 years’ experience in statistics and research and has worked in a variety of sectors including economic development, livelihoods, cash transfers and peace & security. He previously worked as Research Assistant at Millward Brown EA, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as Research Assistant and World Vision Kenya as a field monitor and market analyst. Salahweli holds a BSc in Applied Statistics with Computing from Moi University and is pursuing a MSc in Research Methods at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He has a passion in research, statistics and data analysis.
Mary has over 10 years’ experience providing administrative and project operations support to NGOs, startups and the United Nations. Prior to joining AVF, Mary supervised the implementation of a UN Women livelihoods project in Dadaab refugee camp and help set up the NGO Friends of Yala Swamp in Siaya county. Most recently, she served as the Office Manager for Penda Health in Nairobi. Mary holds a BA in Social Sciences and a MA in Project Management from the University of Nairobi. She has a passion for setting up and looking after happy teams!
Zakaria joined Africa’s Voices fresh from a degree in Computer Science from Kabarak University. He aspires to be a key member of a team that strives for applying technology in innovative and responsible ways to achieve real impact in the world.
Kenneth has over 3 years of experience in Software Engineering most of which have been in the messaging industry. He holds a BSc in Computer Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has previous worked for Fontline SMS on an SMS based product that leverages SMS to build complex interactive messaging workflows that have been used in the collection and dissemination of data and information. His interests lie in mentorship and leveraging technology to automate processes. He hopes to use his skills to bring positive change to Africa’s Voices and its work.
Mariana is a software engineer and user experience researcher interested in designing and building user-centred tools that enable others to do more. She’s currently finishing her PhD thesis on end user programming of data visualisations at the University of Cambridge. Before starting her PhD studies, she finished the MPhil degree in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and before that, she graduated from the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest.
Nzilani has over 3 years of grant management and program implementation experience. Most recently she worked with a large devolution and governance project in Kenya funded by USAID and DFID. She is currently pursing her MBA in Finance from USIU-Africa. She is passionate about leveraging technology and data to drive social impact.