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Eliud Kiprotich Magut

Projects Assistant
Eliud Kiprotich Magut

Projects Assistant

A Projects Assistant Eliud Kiprotich Magut, is from the Sengwer Hunter Gatherer Community. He has vast experience in Project Management and research in Minorities, and indigenous communities’ way of life and human rights. His work over the last ten years has seen him interact with and implement activities with communities like the Nubians the Ogiek, the Endorois, the Sengwer among others. Magut holds a diploma in Project Management from College of East Africa Institute of certified Studies (ICS)

Namachanja Masinde

Project Officer
Namachanja Masinde

Project Officer

Namachanja Masinde is an experienced lawyer currently engaged as a Project Officer at CEMIRIDE. This was preceded by four years of dedicated volunteerism and work with civil society organisations in Kenya particularly and East Africa in general, focused on human rights, governance and development with special regard to vulnerable and marginalised populations. He is deeply passionate about the recognition, promotion and protection of human rights in Africa with a bias for the rights of women, refugees, minorities and indigenous communities. His commitment in life is “To defend the weak”

Regina Opondo

Executive Secretary of the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium – CRECO
Regina Opondo

Executive Secretary of the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium – CRECO

Regina Opondo is the Executive Secretary of the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium – CRECO. She is also currently the Deputy Convenor of the Kenyan Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG); an alliance of over 150 CSOs and the Chair of the Elections Observation Group (ELOG); a citizen elections monitoring platform.   Regina is a Justice and Peace worker with over 10 years’ experience in Governance, Civic Engagement, Human Rights and Conflict Management. She also also has been working on Organisational development and Standards for Civil Society Organisations, currently sitting on the board of Viwango.  She has also worked as the

Rt Hon Sen David Ekwee Ethuro, EGH, EBS,

Board member
Rt Hon Sen David Ekwee Ethuro, EGH, EBS,

Board member

The Rt Hon Sen David Ekwee Ethuro was born in 1963 in Turkana County, Kenya. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Turkana Central Constituency in 1997. In 2013 he was elected the first speaker of the modern Senate in a bicameral Parliament comprising the Senate and the National Assembly under the new constitution of Kenya 2010. He served as an Assistant Minister in the ministries of Labour & Human Resource Development; and Planning and National Development.

As a Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon Ethuro was instrumental in the development of legislation, chaired various Parliamentary committees and

Zipporah Aluoch

Accountant
Zipporah Aluoch

Accountant

Zipporah Aluoch is currently an Accountant at Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE). She possesses over 16 years’ working experience as an Accountant, with practical experience in donor financial reporting including USAID, UN, DfID, Cordaid, EU, Cordaid and SNV Financial Reporting Systems.

Her technical skills include excellent understanding and application of financial Accounting Standards, Guidelines and Procedures; Financial Accounting Packages – including Quickbooks; Ms Office Packages and Project Cycle and Management.

She holds a Certified Public Accounting (1) qualification.

Yobo Rutin

Executive Director and Secretary to the Board
Yobo Rutin

Executive Director and Secretary to the Board

Yobo Rutin, the Executive Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors, has a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Government from the University of Nairobi.

He is also trained in Negotiations and Conflict Mediation by the Centre for Conflict Resolution of South Africa and the Kofi Annan Peace Foundation.

He is a board member of Indigenous Fisher Peoples Network of Kenya (IFPN), The Children Hospices and Palliative Care of Kenya (CHPC-Kenya), and a member of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya (CWSK).

Nyang’ori Ohenjo

Programmes and Administrative Manager
Nyang’ori Ohenjo

Programmes and Administrative Manager

Nyang’ori Ohenjo, currently the Programmes and Administrative Manager at the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE), has over 17 years’ experience on governance and development, human rights and policy advocacy programmes. Since he started working with minorities and indigenous peoples, he has lead, designed and implemented capacity building strategies with specific focus on capacity development/institutional development on governance and decentralisation at national and local levels. Other than CEMIRIDE, this has included work with Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET), Indigenous Peoples National Steering Committee on Climate Change (IPNSCC), Indigenous Fisher Peoples Network (IFP), Adili Consultants, Centre for Human Rights and Policy

Joseph Mbatha

Joseph Mbatha

Joseph has worked with the civil society for over eight years, most of which he spend advocating for the rights of minorities and other marginalised communities. He joined CEMIRIDE in 2013.

Currently, he is the Head of Programmes at the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) and a Director at the Indigenous Peoples Foundation. Joseph Mbatha is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with an honors Degree in Economics. He also holds a Certified Public Accounts (CPA) certification. Currently he is pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Rights.

Ivy Shiechelo

Intern
Ivy Shiechelo

Intern

Ivy has just completed her Bachelor of Law degree at Strathmore University Law School. She has immense curiosity and interest in understanding minorities and indigenous peoples. This led her to write her undergraduate thesis on ‘The Recognition of Indigenous People’s Land Rights in Kenya and the Failures in Implementation, and later seeking for an internship position at the Centre for Minority Rights Development, to deepen her knowledge and understanding around these communities. Her aspiration is to use her legal knowledge and skills to contribute to international, regional and national efforts and initiatives to secure the rights of these communities. Further,

Ashley Seyfried

Intern
Ashley Seyfried

Intern

Ashley Seyfried has been with CEMIRIDE in Nairobi as a Programmes Development Intern since February 2018. She grew up in New York with two sisters, two step-brothers, and two dogs. In her free time, she is a nature lover and loves to spend time outdoors hiking, playing ultimate frisbee, disc golf, and even joined a rugby league here in Nairobi. Ashley recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villanova University where she obtained dual degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science, as well as a minor in Public Service and Administration. She is extremely interested in international development work—especially work that

Angela Haynes

Board member
Angela Haynes

Board member

Angela Haynes is based in the UK and has managed programmes in international development and human rights NGOs for over 20 years. She has worked for a number of NGOs including Minority Rights Group International, Plan International UK, HelpAge International and BOND. She has also provided support to the sector as an independent trainer, and has a particular interest in Europe-based African diaspora development NGOs. She has also worked in Research Uptake and Capacity Building management roles for the University of Sussex, as a Lecturer for various institutions and currently teaches on NGOs and Civil Society in Regent’s University London.

Angela

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