• 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


  • Afshan Magre Lalji

    Board Member

    Afshan Magre Lalji

    Board Member


    Afshan Magre Lalji has a wide range of experience in healthcare facilities for low, middle and high income patients that include primary, diagnostic as well as tertiary level healthcare services. Since 2017 to date, Afshan serves as an Independent Hospital/Healthcare services Consultant. Between 2015 and 2016, she served as Director of Special Projects – AAR Healthcare Holdings. In this period, Afshan was a Project lead for setting up a Greenfield Hospital in Nairobi. For four years (2011-2015) Afshan served as a Chief Executive Officer of the M.P. Shah Hospital Nairobi. She is widely read. Afshan holds two Master of Science Degree in Systems Analysis and Design (City University – London) and a Master of Science – Healthcare Informatics (University of Bath and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh). She further holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics (Statistics Major) (University of Nairobi).
    Afshan has held top leadership positions in many other companies such as Bank of Africa Kenya, Aga Khan University Hospital – Nairobi, KPMG Consulting, Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited and Coopers and Lybrand (Now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

  • Dr. Agnes Ogada

    Board Member

    Dr. Agnes Ogada

    Board Member


  • Njeri Rugene

    Board Member

    Njeri Rugene

    Board Member


    Njeri Rugene is a Consultant Editor and Columnist, Daily Nation and a leader of the Woman’s Newsroom Foundation (WON). She has over 25 years of experience as a journalist (Reporter, Writer, Editor) at the Nation Media Group. Njeri holds extensive experience in Parliamentary, Political and Gender Affairs reporting. While working with Nation Media Group, Njeri once served as News Manager. As a parliamentary Reporter Editor and Gender Affairs journalist, Neri covered some of the most outstanding political developments in Kenya including General Elections and Constitutional review, while on gender affairs, she had the opportunity to cover and participate in, among others, the Commission on the Status of Women in 2015 and 2017 in New York. She has written extensively on gender and especially on GBV for Nation Newspaper. Njeri holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language Literature and Kiswahili and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi.
    University of Nairobi, School of Journalism.

  • 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.

  • Grace Muraguri

    Finance Assistant

    Grace Muraguri

    Finance Assistant


    Ms. Grace Muraguri works with COVAW in the finance department as the Finance Assistant. Grace is a certified accountant with 7 years of experience in financial and grants management. She possesses hands-on experience in business planning & analysis, growth strategy & development, financial analysis and reporting as well as in maintenance & development of financial systems and accounting procedures. She is a Certified Public Accountant-K (CPA-K).
    Before joining COVAW she worked as the accountant at Zinduka Afrika before joining COVAW.

  • Sandra Chivunde

    Program Associate, Tupo Tusikizwe Project

    Sandra Chivunde

    Program Associate, Tupo Tusikizwe Project


    Ms. Sandra Chivumbe works with COVAW as a Program Associate in the Tupo Tusikizwe Project in Kwale County. Sandra has over 4 years’ experience in implementation and management of advocacy projects that targets to empower marginalized communities in Coastal region of Kenya to demand for their rights. Before Joining COVAW in November 2020, she was working as a Project Officer in a Social Accountability project in Kwale whose goal was to empower marginalized groups to claim their rights including improved service delivery by the County government. She has a passion in poverty eradication and community empowerment. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Project Management from the Moi University.

  • Mercy Kwamboka Oseko

    Program Associate, Access to Justice and Women's Rights

    Mercy Kwamboka Oseko

    Program Associate, Access to Justice and Women's Rights


    Mercy Kwamboka Oseko works with COVAW as a Legal Associate, Access to Justice and Women’s Rights. Mercy has over 4 years’ experience in advocating for human rights as well as championing for ratification and passing of gender progressive laws in Kenya. She has passion for matters social justice & human rights and works to advocate for an environment where women and girls can attain full and effective enjoyment of Equality and Human Rights. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Prior to joining COVAW, she worked with Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Matthews as a legal trainee.

  • Fridah Wawira

    Program Officer- GBV, SRHR and Communication

    Fridah Wawira

    Program Officer- GBV, SRHR and Communication


    Ms. Fridah works with COVAW as a Program Officer, Access to Comprehensive SRHR and GBV services and Communications. She joined COVAW as a Program Associate in 2019 and later rose to the position of a Program Officer in 2020. She is currently Narok taking lead in planning, coordination and implementation of two projects in Narok County i.e. one on accelerating end of FGC in Maasai communities and Reproductive Health Rights Alliance Project. She also supports the communication department through designing and producing communication materials to support COVAW’s lobby and advocacy work.
    Fridah is a sustainable development worker with over 5 years’ experience in project design, administration and implementation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs, HIV/AIDS Programs, GBV Prevention and Response Programs, Child Protection and Access to Justice Programs. She gained this experience while working at Plan International Kenya, Gender Violence Recovery Centre and Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Nairobi.

  • James Wainaina

    Program Associate, Access to SRHR and SGBV services

    James Wainaina

    Program Associate, Access to SRHR and SGBV services


    James Wainaina works with COVAW as a Program Associate, Access to SRHR and SGBV services. James is a passionate social worker with over 6 years of experience in championing for the rights of marginalized and vulnerable groups in Kenya. He has in-depth experience in implementation of Maternal Child Health(MCH) Programs and Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) having worked as a social worker at Olmarei Lang Self Help Organization in Narok County.
    He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Maasai Mara University and a Diploma in Social Work and Community Development from Siaya Institute of Technology.

  • Margaret Oyugi

    Program Associate, Access to Comprehensive SRHR and SGBV services

    Margaret Oyugi

    Program Associate, Access to Comprehensive SRHR and SGBV services


    Ms. Margaret Oyugi joined COVAW in 2019 as a Program Associate Access to Comprehensive SRHR and SGBV services in Narok County. Margaret is a passionate humanitarian worker with keen interest in Sustainable Development. She has 8 years of experience in program design and implementation of refugee resettlement programs, child protection and GBV prevention and response. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Conflict Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Psychology and Tourism from the University of Nairobi.
    She has served in various posts before: Social Worker-Mukuru Promotional Center, Project Team Leader-Resettlement Support Centre Africa, and Resettlement Associate- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She dedicates her free time in empowering the young people through mentorship and enhancing their artistic skills. Her all time motto is ‘Give your best now.’

  • 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.

  • Lorna Chepsoy

    Finance Officer

    Lorna Chepsoy

    Finance Officer


  • Nancy Njeru

    Program Associate, Kwale

    Nancy Njeru

    Program Associate, Kwale


  • 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.

  • Maurine Khabuchi

    Program Officer, Access to Comprehensive SRHR and GBV services , Narok

    Maurine Khabuchi

    Program Officer, Access to Comprehensive SRHR and GBV services , Narok


    Ms. Maurine Khabuchi works with COVAW as a Program Officer, Access to Comprehensive SRHR and GBV services in Narok County. She joined COVAW as a Program Associate in 2016 and later rose to the position of a Program Officer in 2020 whereby she is taking lead in implementation of Mannion Daniel Project on Leveraging on FGM Movements to Enhance SRHR. Maurine has over 5-year experience in project design, implementation and management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Maseno University. She is currently pursuing her masters in Project Planning and Management.
    Before joining COVAW, Maurine worked as an Organizational Development Specialist at Winrock International and prior to that as a Project Assistant at Kenya AIDs NGO’s Consortium. Her mantra in life is that women and girls are accorded their rightful place in the society and that their rights are secured and respected as they pursue their full potential in life. She loves nature and takes nature walks during her free time.