The Team

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.


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. He 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).


Deputy Director and 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.



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).



Communication and Knowledge Management Officer

Lynda Ouma is an experienced Communications professional who has worked in the fields of journalism, advertising and public relations. Previously she was the Communication Officer for East Africa Civil Society Organisations’ Forum – Kenya. She has worked with notable brands such as Hemingways Collection, Pernord Riccard, Ole Sereni, Citizen TV and Kenya Trade Network (KenTrade). She holds a Masters of Arts in Literature from the University of Nairobi. Her interests are in research, creative writing, event management and media engagement.


Research Fellow

Kamau Wairuri 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.


Junior Research Fellow


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.


Junior Research Fellow


Rahma Ramadhan is a lawyer and researcher with a focus on issues of conflict, security and human rights. She has been extensively involved in violence prevention initiatives and has published in scholarly and policy-oriented publications on conflict and violence prevention. She has also conducted research on public international law and Islamic law regarding security matters. Rahma studied law at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya.