Prof. Michael Chege, a distinguished scholar in African development studies. He is the holder of a Ph.D (University of California at Berkeley), M.A (University of California at Berkeley) and a B.A (Honours) degree (University of Nairobi). He currently serves as an Advisor on International Development Policy, at the Ministry of Economic Planning and National Development, and as member of the National Economic and Social Council of Kenya, an advisory board to the Cabinet.
Prof. Chege’s has been the recipient of countless academic awards over the years. These include: The Rockefeller Foundation Competitive Archival Grant Research (1997), Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1994 -6), Rockefeller Foundation Reflections on Development Fellowship (1986-88), Ford Foundation Individual Research Grant (1988), The Gandhi Smarak Prize for the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi (1970), The Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, (1970-77). His state awards include: Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) of the Republic of Kenya (2007), for contributions in the development of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Document.
He has been a Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville; Director, Center of African Studies, University of Florida; Visiting Scholar, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Program Officer, Ford Foundation (New York); Senior Lecturer in Government and Research, Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya; and Visiting professor: Graduate School of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has sat in many boards in Africa and abroad. These include: Human Rights Watch-Africa (New York): Social Science Research Council (NY), Regional Advisory Panel for Africa; Social Science Research Council of UNESCO (1980-85);e Governance program of the Global Coalition for Africa; the Social Science Research Council Africa Program in New York; the Africa Program of the Brookings Institution; the Africa Program of the International Peace Academy in New York; Human Rights Watch-Africa (formerly Africa Watch); and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Program in Strengthening Human Resources in Developing Countries. Prof. Chege has also authored many articles and book chapters on African development problems, the African state and challenges of political change in the continent.
Dr. Musimbi Ondeko is a chiropractic doctor running a private practice in Nairobi, Kenya. She graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, and serves as a member of her alma mater’s Board of Regents. Earlier, Dr. Ondeko graduated from the Lester B. Pearson United World College (UWC) of the Pacific in Vancouver, Canada, which is one of the unique colleges that promotes international understanding. Her experience at this college inspired her interest in leadership leading her to serve as chairperson of the Kenya National Committee of UWC and member of the International Board of UWC. In these capacities she travelled to the “four corners” of the world, which exposed her to different nations and cultures enriching her international experience. This created a desire to see good servant leaders of integrity in Kenya and around the world. Dr. Ondeko facilitates leadership training at Transforming Leadership Seminars (TLS) and the Oakseed Leadership Course (OSELC) while serving as a member of the Institute for National Transformation and serves as a member on The International Leadership Foundation (ILF)–Kenya Board. She also serves on the executive committee of the Executive Leadership Network (ELNET), which networks leaders of integrity to spearhead the holistic transformation of Kenya and beyond. Dr. Ondeko is the national chairperson of the Progressive Leadership Forum, which nurtures and mentors servant leaders of integrity. She is also the current chair of the Ex-Kenya High School Christian Fellowship which gives spiritual, mentoring and other support to maintain the school’s standards.
Dr. Musimbi Ondeko is married to Dr. John N. Ondeko and they have three sons and a daughter.
The 2011 Jurist Award was conferred to Justice Daniel Musinga at a colourful dinner hosted by ICJ Kenya at its premises in Kileleshwa. Present at the award ceremony included Judge Philip Waki, a past recipient of the award, Prof. Christian Roschman, country director, Konrad Adenuer Foundation, Mr. Glenn Warren, US Embassy and Judge Lee Muthoga, ICTR Judge amongst other distinguished guests.
Judge Musinga has been a distinguished jurist and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1988. He was appointed as a member of the tribunal to investigate the conduct of suspended high court judges in 2003 and in October the same year, he was formally appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Kenya. He was then posted in Nakuru and sat on the bench there until December 2007. He later sat on the bench at the High Court in Kisii between 2008 and 2010. Since his appointment, Judge Musinga has been involved in many high profile cases, including cases invalidating the elections of various MPs.
In November 2010, He was appointed a Judge at the Constitutional and Judicial Review Division in the High Court in Nairobi. During this time, he was involved in several notable decisions. He stepped in to permanently block the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission from publishing a list of new electoral constituencies. In 2010, Judge Musinga rendered a decision finding that the President had acted unconstitutionally when nominating individuals for key public offices, including the offices of Chief Justice and Attorney General. Judge Musinga is currently serving as a Presiding Judge at the Commercial and Admiralty Division at the High Court in Nairobi since October 2011.
Throughout, the 2011 eminent jurist has tirelessly and fearlessly shown commitment to the rule of law. His past decisions have helped assert the independence of the judiciary and have at all times aspired to uphold the Constitution, even in the face of considerable external pressure to do otherwise. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Jurist Award conferred to him by ICJ Kenya. Justice Musinga’s current initiatives are forward thinking, and will bring future benefits to the judicial processes and the legal system in Kenya generally.
Patience Nyange is a communications and media engagement specialist with over 9 years’ working experience. Currently, She is a Senior Human Rights Officer (Office of the Chairperson) at the Kenya National Human Rights Commission- a constitutionally mandated body keen on safeguarding and promoting human rights in Kenya. She supports the Chairperson in her role and also support the Communications department with a view of ensuring message consistency, impact and positive change within internal and external publics.
She has extensive experience with multi-stakeholder communication initiatives aimed at using communication as a tool for behaviour change, public engagement, state- society interaction and participatory community development. She brings media analysis, project design and evaluation skills and my academic grounding in communication and international relations to illuminate issues and expose gaps and possible intervention spots.
As a communications facilitator, she models the advantages of bringing a systems approach to communications fully cognizant that we cannot change structural enablers of poverty without changing our perceptions of the silence around the same.
Over the years, She has developed a passion for the reflective and evaluative practices that enable institutions and senior policy actors to think about the place that communication and strategic messaging plays in their work, learn from it and integrate that learning. She has also been able to establish a mentorship program and support a few volunteering schemes which provides an opportunity for young women in the communication and media sector to clarify their contribution and excellence.
She is keen on opportunities that will now expand my impact at scale and bring me into new frontiers of knowledge building and impact. The field of human rights and good governance is rapidly changing and in line with this, she sees herself making a greater contribution in this field.
A leader in international trade, particularly on Customs matters with extensive experience in East and Southern Africa, particularly in trade facilitation, revenue mobilization, protection of society and security, professionalism in human capital and regional integration.
Also, a renown poet and performing artist and a Global Goodwill Ambassador for women-child health. Skilled in Government, International Trade, International Relations, Poetry, Event Management and Proposal Writing. Strong arts and design professional with a Masters and bachelors degrees and various other qualifications.
Katindi Sivi-Njonjo is an author, researcher and futures consultant. She is the founder and lead consultant at LongView Consult, a socio-economic research, policy analysis, foresight strategy and training firm that works to enable others to understand possible futures that may occur in order to strategically help prepare for an uncertain and rapidly changing world.
Katindi has pioneered various foresight processes and authored publications on women’s future in Africa, the future of civil society in Kenya, and the future of Kenya’s extractive sector, among others. She is currently leading a research on Africa’s youth trends by 2060 which will inform the possible scenarios Africa might face given the youth demographics for The Africa we want project.
Her work has contributed to the conceptualization of various national programs and policies as well as influenced organizational strategies both nationally and internationally. Katindi is currently a Doctoral candidate at Regent University in Virginia studying strategic leadership and foresight.
Andrew Ranja has been an advocate of the High Court of Kenya since 2004. He is the lead partner of Ranja & Company Advocates which is a growing firm established in 2007. The firm specializes in Commercial law, Real Estate, Intellectual Property and the development of small and medium sized enterprises in East Africa.
Prior to the establishment of the firm Andrew Ranja worked with Robson Harris & Company Advocates for 3 years where he was the Senior Associate responsible for Conveyancing (Real Estate) transactions. Andrew Ranja is a Board Member of the ZanaAfrica Group, The Ecotact Trust, African Colours Limited and the AIESEC – Nazarene University Chapter.
Some of the areas of practice he has been involved in are; Legal Due diligence review of the legal framework for the Energy Sector in South Sudan; Establishment and legal framework of Kenya Commercial Bank and UAP insurance is South Sudan; Trainer and Advisor for entrepreneurs and SMEs at various entrepreneur training programmes; General advisory on protection of Intellectual property, registration of trademark and contractual protection of proprietary information; Advisory on the re-organisation of the management company for the Magnolia Heights housing scheme; Generation and registration of various collateral instruments including debentures, charges, mortgages and chattels mortgages for Kenya Commercial Bank; Generation and registration of various collateral instruments including debentures, charges, mortgages and chattels mortgages for Savings and Loan Limited; Sale and transfer of residential units in Nyayo Estate Embakasi and Hazina Estate, South B on behalf of the National Social Security Fund; Sale and transfer of residential units in Madaraka Estate for the National Housing Corporation; and Generation and registration of commercial property leases for View park towers, Hazina Towers, Nakumatt Crossroads, and various KCB properties.
John Mwangi is