• Dr. Carolyne Odula-Obonyo

    COVAW Board Chair, Nairobi

    Dr. Carolyne Odula-Obonyo

    COVAW Board Chair, Nairobi


  • Dr. Fatma Ahmed Ali

    Deputy Chair to the Board

    Dr. Fatma Ahmed Ali

    Deputy Chair to the Board


    Dr. Fatma Ahmed Ali is a seasoned and published academic with over 10 years’ experience in research, women’s rights and peace and conflict. She has an educational background in Philosophy, Peace, Conflict and Development Studies earning a Doctorate with Distinction from the Universitat Jaume I, Casrellon, Spain. She is also acting Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United States International University, Africa. Dr. Ali, has a wide understanding of the relationship between armed conflict and sexual and gender based violence having presented and participated in numerous conferences both in Kenya and Spain. She has also worked as a consultant with Chemonics Kenya Transition Initiative, Marie Stopes Kenya and the United Nations Development Programme.

  • Jane Serwanga

    Board Member

    Jane Serwanga

    Board Member


  • Dr. Agnes Ogada

    Board Member

    Dr. Agnes Ogada

    Board Member


  • Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome

    Secretary to the Board

    Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome

    Secretary to the Board


    Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome is an advocacy and policy specialist, with over 16 years of international experience, including in Namibia, Somaliland, Sierra Leone and, more recently in Kenya. In these countries, Wairimu has served in various roles including Advocacy Advisor, Mainstreaming Coordinator with Concern Worldwide, Country Advocacy Manager with Oxfam where she also briefly served as an Acting Country Director. In Kenya, Wairimu has served with the Norwegian Refugee Council as the Regional Advocacy, Protection and Communications Advisor for Eastern and Horn of Africa and Yemen. She served with Oxfam in Kenya as the Programmes Director.

    Wairimu is passionate about gender and development issues and is keen to see that laws and policies in development accord women and girls their rightful place in the mainstream agenda and that their rights are secured and respected as they pursue their potential as equal citizens.

    She believes strongly that for African countries to move to the next frontier of development, they must firmly embed the rights of women and girls in their interventions, by ensuring that they are protected and safe to contribute to development processes in their personal and public spaces.

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, an Honors Degree in Development Studies from the University of South Africa and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Strathmore Business School. She is a proud alumnus of Loreto High School, Limuru.

  • Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome

    Executive Director

    Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome

    Executive Director


    Wairimu Munyinyi-Wahome is an advocacy and policy specialist, with over 16 years of international experience, including in Namibia, Somaliland, Sierra Leone and, more recently in Kenya. In these countries, Wairimu has served in various roles including Advocacy Advisor, Mainstreaming Coordinator with Concern Worldwide, Country Advocacy Manager with Oxfam where she also briefly served as an Acting Country Director. In Kenya, Wairimu has served with the Norwegian Refugee Council as the Regional Advocacy, Protection and Communications Advisor for Eastern and Horn of Africa and Yemen. She served with Oxfam in Kenya as the Programmes Director.

    Wairimu is passionate about gender and development issues and is keen to see that laws and policies in development accord women and girls their rightful place in the mainstream agenda and that their rights are secured and respected as they pursue their potential as equal citizens.

    She believes strongly that for African countries to move to the next frontier of development, they must firmly embed the rights of women and girls in their interventions, by ensuring that they are protected and safe to contribute to development processes in their personal and public spaces.

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, an Honors Degree in Development Studies from the University of South Africa and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Strathmore Business School. She is a proud alumnus of Loreto High School, Limuru.

  • Beatrice G. Muiyuro

    Finance and Administration Manager

    Beatrice G. Muiyuro

    Finance and Administration Manager


    Beatrice G. Muiyuro is our Finance and Administration Manager. She has a Msc. degree in  Organizational Development, a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from USIU. In addition, she is a qualified certified public accountant (CPA) K. A dependable, honest and trustworthy accountant she has over eight years experience in accounting and grant management; Providing leadership and oversight for organizations fiscal operations to ensure accountability and compliance, Possesses a strong hands on experience in setting up practical financial management systems and internal controls that facilitate effective and efficient use of resources empowering organisations to be more accountable to donors, funding agencies and other stakeholders and at the same time prepare themselves for long term sustainability.

    Before her appointment at COVAW (K) Beatrice worked as a senior accountant at Marie Stopes Kenya and before that was an Audit Associate at Erastus and Co CPA, an auditing firm among other organisations.

  • Maureen Mukalo

    Program Manager

    Maureen Mukalo

    Program Manager


    Maureen Mukalo is a human rights advocate who is passionate about advancing women’s and girls’ rights. She has over 7 years’ experience in project management. She is an active women’s’ sexual and reproductive health rights campaigner in Kenya. In her previous role at Caritas Isiolo, she supported gender mainstreaming through conducting gender assessments, reviews and audits to assess ways to continually target meaningful involvement of women in development. Her experience at COVAW includes supporting on their flagship project on access to justice for women and girls with intellectual disabilities.

    She holds a Bachelor of Environment Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University, currently she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights at the University of Nairobi

    Connect with Maureen at @maureenmukalo

  • Florence Mwikali

    Program Officer, Narok

    Florence Mwikali

    Program Officer, Narok


    Florence is a women’s right defender.She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts and Theatre from Moi university Eldoret. She is currently pursuing an MA in Gender and Development – University of Nairobi.

    She envisions a gender-equal society,where the rights of everyone are respected.

  • Yasmin Abdulkadir

    Program Officer, Access to Justice and Women Rights

    Yasmin Abdulkadir

    Program Officer, Access to Justice and Women Rights


  • Lorna Chepsoy

    Finance Officer

    Lorna Chepsoy

    Finance Officer


  • Nancy Njeru

    Program Associate, Kwale

    Nancy Njeru

    Program Associate, Kwale


  • Dorcas Mwachi

    Program Associate, Lobbying, Advocacy, and Communication, Kwale

    Dorcas Mwachi

    Program Associate, Lobbying, Advocacy, and Communication, Kwale


    Dorcas Mwachi a Program Associate (Lobby and Advocacy) under the girls advocacy alliance program in Kwale. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Project Planning and Management at University of Nairobi having graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Armed conflict and Peace Studies and conflict studies both from University of Nairobi.

    She has over five years’ experience both at the regional and national levels in programming, specifically engaging with communities. Over the years, she has supported country and multi county programs in lobby and advocacy on gender mainstreaming, setting up accountability mechanisms for driving gender agenda, capacity building of communities – including civil society organizations, private and a section of the government. She has also been instrumental in designing needs assessment – a good example is the needs assessment on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in IFO Camp (Dadaab).

    Her interest is driven by her passion to work for the community in ensuring that no human being is victimized as a result of his/her gender

  • Mercy Opiyo

    Program Associate, Access to Justice and Women Rights

    Mercy Opiyo

    Program Associate, Access to Justice and Women Rights


    Mercy is a Bachelor of Arts Degree Holder in Social Sciences (Sociology major) from Moi University offering over 4 years work experience. She joined COVAW in 2014 and is currently in the Access to Justice and Women Rights.

    Mercy has experience in advocacy, community mobilisation and engagement, child protection and safeguarding, governance and project planning and management .Prior to joining Access to Justice and Women Rights, she has been implementing in Kwale and Narok Counties respectively under movement building and community activism.

  • Rosenell Nyakinyua

    Program Associate, Lobbying, Advocacy, and Communication, Kwale

    Rosenell Nyakinyua

    Program Associate, Lobbying, Advocacy, and Communication, Kwale


  • Maurine Khabuchi

    Program Associate, Narok

    Maurine Khabuchi

    Program Associate, Narok


  • Christine Muli

    Operations Assistant

    Christine Muli

    Operations Assistant


  • Anne Bendixen

    Volunteer

    Anne Bendixen

    Volunteer


  • Eugene Omondi

    Communications and Social Media Intern

    Eugene Omondi

    Communications and Social Media Intern