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.

Research Fellows

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.

Mikewa Ogada has 18 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher on issues of human rights, justice and security in Kenya and the East African region. He has consulted for civil society organizations, governments, funding partners and international organizations. His main professional skills include qualitative and quantitative research, research management, and evaluation research. During the period 2012-2016, he served as a project manager for a Danida-funded technical support in capacity building to Kenya Peace and Security for Development (PSD) network organizations. He has published in edited volumes and policy publications on issues of human rights, police reforms, terrorism and counterterrorism, peace and conflict and sexual and gender-based violence. Prior to joining CHRIPS, Mikewa worked for various institutions including PACT, Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Smithsonian Institutions’ 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.

Eva Ayiera has a wealth of experience in undertaking research, providing technical assistance as well as advocacy in the fields of governance, security and rights, particularly gender and women’s rights. She has undertaken primary research on accountability of policing structures at local levels, and on community-led security mechanisms. She has extensive experience in analysis and research report development. Eva also brings valuable experience in managing civil society organization programmes and projects as well as providing training and capacity support to local and national organizations. She has been a grants and technical support manager at Urgent Action Fund-Africa for rapid response grants to organizations working in high risk settings and promoting rights. Her experience also includes working with conflict-affected populations. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching international law at the United States International University, Kenya. Eva is a member of the Kenyan Bar of Advocates, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Nairobi as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Forced Migration studies from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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.

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.

Brian Kimari is a junior research fellow at CHRIPS. He is a lawyer and researcher on human rights, security and governance issues. He has previously worked as publishing editor at the Strathmore Law Review and before then, a junior editor at the Kenya Book of Records. Brian has authored and published academic papers and policy documents on issues of security, governance, development, and violence prevention. He read Law at Strathmore Law School.

Stanley Kamau is a researcher, strategist and governance expert currently working as the Director of Executive Education at the Strathmore Institute of Public Policy and Governance. He is an expert of Security governance in Africa commenting on questions of police reform, electoral violence and security in urban areas. At Strathmore, he teaches executives and post-graduate students on Public Policy Analysis and Governance. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS), a security policy think-tank based in Nairobi. Previously, he worked as a Senior Delivery Analyst at McKinsey & Company where he helped senior officials in several African governments think through some of their most pressing challenges. As a governance and policy consultant, he has handled assignments from the Research Triangle International (RTI), the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), UNODC and DANIDA. Kamau is also a columnist with the Standard on Sunday commenting on Political and Policy issues. He holds an MSc African Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi.

Rahma Ramadhan , a lawyer with an interest in international human rights law, transitional justice and Sharia law is a research intern at CHRIPS. She has conducted research on Public International law and Islamic law regarding security matters. Rahma studied Law at Strathmore University.