Meet the Experts

CHRIPS brings together exceptional thinkers, analysts, planners and researchers in security, governance, media, law and policy development. Our experts lend high levels of academic standards as well as well-honed practical experience in conceptualizing and carrying out CHRIPS research and writing work. Our experts channel their work towards contributing to policy development, policy solutions and greater insights on the security and development issues that Africa grapples with.

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Mutuma Ruteere

Director

Dr. Mutuma Ruteere is a respected expert on issues of human rights and security. He has worked extensively with various actors including the government, civil society and private sector on issues of human rights, governance and security. Presently, he is the UN Special Rapporteur, Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Intolerance. Mutuma holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s of Arts degree in Human Rights Theory and Practice from the University of Essex. Mutuma has experience designing and leading complex national and international research projects on security, policing and human rights. He has previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer of International Law at the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies and the United States International University (USIU).

Patrick Mutahi

Research Fellow

Patrick Mutahi is a researcher and seasoned expert on issues of conflict and security governance. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Before joining CHRIPS, Patrick worked in various research capacities on projects related to violence. Most recently, he worked as a Research Analyst in the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Project which monitored progress of the agreed agenda to resolve the 2007/2008 political crisis. He has published in scholarly and policy-oriented publications on violence and policing. In 2011, Patrick received a grant from the Global Consortium for Security Initiative to conduct a study on community-level security governance in Kenya’s Coastal region which was published in the South African Crime Quarterly.

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Mikewa Ogada

Research Fellow

Mikewa Ogada is an experienced practitioner and researcher on issues of human rights, justice and security in Kenya and in the region. In 2011, Mikewa received a grant from the Global Consortium for Security Initiative to conduct a study on community-level security governance in Kenya’s Coastal region. He has published in edited volumes and policy publications on issues of human rights, conflict and sexual and gender-based violence. Prior to joining CHRIPS, Mikewa had worked for various institutions including PACT, Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Smithsonian Institute’s Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, DC. Mikewa holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Janet Mulonzia

Finance and Administration Officer

Janet is a trained accountant with 5 years experience in finance and administration. Before joining CHRIPS, Janet worked as the accounts/administrative assistant officer at the Horizon Institute, a non-profit organization that operates in Somali-land but is based in Kenya. She has also worked with African Lily Enterprises where she started as a Sales Executive and rose through the ranks to become the Business Entity Manager and Assistant Accountant. Janet is a graduate of Kimathi University College, where she earned a Diploma in Business Administration and is currently finalising her Certified Public Accountant courses with the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB).

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Eva Ayiera

Research Fellow

Eva Ayiera is a lawyer, researcher and analyst who has worked in the fields of justice, government and human rights for 12 years. She has been engaged in policy design and formulation for the government of Kenya and consulted widely for civil society organizations in the region. Prior to joining CHRIPS, Eva worked for Collaborative Initiatives at Urgent Action Fund-Africa and Refugee Consortium of Kenya. She has also previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer of international law at the United States International University. She has published in edited volumes and policy publications on issues of human rights, conflict and sexual and gender-based violence. In 2013, Eva was a recipient of the Danish Institute for Human Rights Fellowship. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Forced Migration studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Nairobi. She is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Judy Gitau

Research Fellow

Judy Gitau is an International human rights lawyer who specializes in transitional justice matters. She has previously worked as a Technical Advisor on Transitional Justice for a Justice Sector Development Project in Somaliland.  She has also worked as a Programme Officer with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists managing projects that promoted and improved human rights protection in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region.  She has consulted widely in the East African region on projects on gender justice and victim reparations. Judy is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Kenyan Chartered institute of Arbitrators. She read Law at the University of Nairobi and mastered in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

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Abdullahi Boru

Research Fellow

Abdullahi Boru is a seasoned security and policy analyst on the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes regions. He has represented various organizations as an expert on these regions at the UN, the State Department, International Media and other fora.  He has also authored and contributed to numerous policy briefs, reports, and articles on conflict and security in East Africa. His main specialties are Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, Security Policy, Human Rights and Mass Atrocities,  Journalism, and Communication for Development. Abdullahi is multilingual and holds a Master’s Degree in International Security Policy from Columbia University.

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Stanley Kamau

Research Fellow

Stanley Kamau is a public policy analyst with experience in diverse areas. He is interested in matters of safety and security. Before joining CHRIPS, he worked at Strathmore University, Saint Mary’s School and Starehe Boys’ Centre. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in African Studies at the University of Oxford.

Richard Kisang

Institutional development Associate

Richard Kisang has over 14 years’ experience in advisory services for the public sector. Previously, Kisang worked with several international consulting firms, including KPMG, PwC and Deloitte. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and is also qualified accountant and auditor. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Social Statistics at the University of Nairobi.

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Murithi Mutiga

Research Fellow

Murithi is an experienced journalist working with both national and international media. He currently serves as the East Africa Correspondent for the Guardian/Observer (UK) and is a columnist for the Sunday Nation. Since September 2013, Murithi has held the role of Contributing Op/Ed Writer to the International New York Times, writing frequent columns focusing on the political, economic and security situation in the Horn of Africa. From November 2006 to the end of 2013, he worked for the Nation Media Group taking up several roles including serving as one of the founding editors of the Business Daily, the region’s only daily publication of its kind and as an editor with the Sunday Nation. He has also been a David Astor Journalism Awards Trust fellow serving internships at the Financial Times, the Guardian/Observer and The Independent. Murithi holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, where he was a Chevening Scholar in 2013-14.