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General Assembly, the Board and the Senior Management Team


ActionAid Kenya has a two-tier governance structure made up of a General Assembly and a National Board. In addition, ActionAid Kenya also has a Senior Management Team.


General Assembly 

The General Assembly is the top governing body of AAK. It is to be composed of not less than 40 members and not more than 60 members recruited through an open and transparent process. These are persons with demonstrated commitment to the values upheld by ActionAid Kenya in the fight against poverty. Members are appointed in their individual capacity and NOT as representatives of organisations or affiliations that they may be associated with. The General Assembly members are non-paid volunteers committed to supporting the interest of the poor and excluded, and to upholding the values of AAIK. The General Assembly normally meets once a year and members are encouraged to take part in other AAK activities such as Committees, Task Forces and visits to AAK’s Local Rights Programmes.

The National Board

The Board is smaller than the General Assembly comprising of not more than 15 people, and meets quarterly to provide leadership and guidance to management. As a governance body it is not another tier of management but a source of advice, oversight and constructive challenge. Its members are elected by the General Assembly from among the members of the Assembly.


Our  Board  Members


Thomas Mwita Nyangi , Chair - ActionAid Kenya Board

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Mwita Thomas Nyangi is a banker with a great experience in prudent Financial Management. He also has a wide range of knowledge in managing human, material and financial resources as well as managing change. Mr. Mwita joined ActionAid Kenya in 2012 and has served  in different capacities  such as Board Audit Committee, Finance and Fundraising and Planning Committee. 
DR. Loreen Iminza Maseno-Ouma, Vice Chair - ActionAid Kenya 
File 35239Dr. Loreen Iminza Maseno-Ouma, is a Lecturer, Theologian and a Philosopher with a vast knowledge in academics, research and religion. She joined ActionAid International Kenya on July 2014 as a General Assembly Member. She serves in the  Finance, Fundraising and Planning Committee.

Pendo Truphena Mary – Member, ActionAid Kenya  Board  

File 38723 Pendo Truphena Mary is an experienced teacher and community leader. She understands the challenges that women/girls undergo especially in communities where women are seen and not heard. She is a role model to other women from humble backgrounds who yearn for leadership and use of education to better their lives.



Bijay Kumar - Secretary to the Board  and  Executive  Director, ActionAid Kenya

File 30024Bijay Kumar is the Executive Director and Secretary to  the Board  of ActionAid  Kenya. Bijay  has extensive experience and expertise  in  development, humanitarian and  emergency response. He is credited with building strong community led initiatives that have influenced governments to deliver on  call to human rights.  Prior to joining ActionAid Kenya, Bijay served as Country Director  in Sri- Lanka and  Afghanistan  and  most recently as the International Head of  IHART where he was instrumental in bringing ActionAid’s focus on Risk Reduction, Response and Resilience building.


Abubakar  K.Said ,Board Treasurer - ActionAid - Kenya 

File 30030Abubakar K. Said is a Civic Education Manager at Uraia Trust and he has an extensive knowledge in Democracy and Governance, Institutional development, Public Policy and  Advocacy. He now serves as the chair of the the board audit committee.


David Kiprotich Kios, Board Member - ActionAid Kenya 
File 31002David Kiprotich brings on board extensive experience in academia. He is a senior technical officer and a veterinary officer at Chepkoilel University College, a constituent college of Moi University. He has extensive knowledge in agriculture particularly disease control and livestock production  and breeding as Veterinary Officer following he’s wide knowledge in.


Isabella  Mwagodi, Board Member - ActionAid  Kenya   

File 30028Isabella Mwagodi, is a renowned media personality. She has been a member of the general assembly and communications board committee of ActionAid Kenya since 2009.Isabella processes an undying passion in international peace and security issues. She also serves under different capacities in other organisational boards.
 Jacqueline Mutuku, Board Member - ActionAid Kenya

File 31004Jacqueline Mutuku is a human rights activist with vast experience of at least 15 years in human resource and administration. She is a member of the governance and human resource development committee of ActionAid Kenya.

She has been a committed and active member of the general assembly and the  board since 2008.


Samuel Owade Muga, Board Member - ActionAid Kenya

File 31003Samuel Owade Muga is a legal expert and a partner at Muga and Muga Associates.  He joined ActionAid as a member of the General Assembly in July 2014. He now sits as a board member 2015/2016 to continue serving in ActionAid Kenya.



Ruud Van Den Hurk, Board Member - ActionAid  Kenya 

File 30027Ruud van den Hurk has served in leadership positions in several international Non-Governmental Organisations since the late eighties. He holds a master degree in Human Geography from the University of Amsterdam. His partnership with ActionAid dates back to when he was Executive Director of the Netherlands Institute of Southern Africa (NiZA) which he transformed into ActionAid Netherlands in 2012. He is Executive Director of ActionAid in the Netherlands.




Bijay Kumar- Executive Director, AAK

File 35242Bijay Kumar is the Executive Director and Secretary to the Board of ActionAid Kenya. Bijay has extensive experience and expertise in development, humanitarian and emergency response. He is credited with building strong community led initiatives that have influenced governments to deliver on call to Human Rights.  Prior to joining ActionAid   Kenya, Bijay served as Country Director in Sri- Lanka and Afghanistan and most recently as the International Head of IHART where he was instrumental in bringing ActionAid’s focus on Risk Reduction, Response and Resilience building.


Makena Mwobobia, Head of Programmes

File 35254Makena Mwobobia has over fifteen years of International, National and Field Development Management.  She steers the organisation’s programming through the Human Rights Based Approach right from the communities, Local Rights Programs, National and at the international level.   Makena is attributed for founding the  Sauti ya Wanawake Sauti at the Coast Region. She also oversaw the establishment of Girls' Forums in schools  to reduce violence against girls in schools.  She continues to steer ActionAid to put Women Living in Poverty  and  Exclusion at the centre of its work. 


Jack Odhiambo, Head of Finance

File 35244Jack Odhiambo has worked in various sectors including Manufacturing, Real estate, Clearing & Forwarding, Non Profit Sector, SACCOs and Commercial Sector at senior level. His key areas of expertise include but are not limited to Institutional Management, Investment Diversification, Taxation Matters, Process Re-Engineering, Budgeting, Business Modelling, Analytical Reviews, Profitability Management, Business Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Auditing, Process Appraisals, Financial Modelling, Training/ Facilitation on Management and Financial matters. Jack has a MBA in Finance and Bsc BA. CPA(K)


Susan Otieno, Head of Fundraising

File 35245Susan has extensive experience in fundraising and programming. She has over 10 years’ experience working in ActionAid Kenya championing the rights of poor and excluded Women as LRP manager, Grants and Contracts Administrator, IPD Fundraising Coordinator and  currently as the Head of Fundraising. She has also supported ActionAid Lesotho as the head of Programmes and worked as the Interim Regional Partnership Coordinator for Southern Africa within the ActionAid International Secretariat. Susan holds a Masters degree in International studies and a Bachelor’s degree in economics and Sociology.


 Samson Michura, Partner Support Unit Team Leader

File 35246Samson is a development and project management expert with over 14 years’ experience in Community development, organizational leadership, project management, quality control, and development research. Prior to joining ActionAid Kenya in January 2012, Samson worked with the Government of Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), and Education Center for Women in Democracy (ECWD). Samson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Linguistics, a Master of Science degree in Development and Project Planning with additional postgraduate training in Health Systems Management, Leadership and Management. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Project Planning and Management and is a member of Development Studies Association (DSA-UK).


Jane Labatt Kigen, Partner Support Unit Team Leader

File 35249Jane Labatt Kigen has worked for 10 years in ActionAid and is a seasoned manager and leader with vast experience drawn from civil society. She is currently the cluster manager for one of the regions where Actionaid works.  She is a degree holder in Education and Human Resource from Egerton University with Post graduate diploma in Community Development among other qualifications.  She has continuously worked to empower communities to approach development from a rights perspective and to advocate for provision of relevant information to policy makers, associate communities and relevant stakeholders. She is passionate about economic empowerment, education, health and human rights with bias in women and girls’ rights, poverty alleviation and social services.


Lawrence Mwachidudu, Partner Support Unit Team Leader

File 35247Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Fisheries Science. Having worked with several Civil Society Organizations, he brings on board vast experience in the areas of project and organizational management, public relations, mentoring and training of adults and youth. He has a passion for innovative sustainable community development, strengthening of local available skills and a bias towards community development through ownership and sustainability.


Rosemary Arende, Head of HROD & Essential Services

File 36621Rosemary has more than 10 years of experience in Human Resources Development profession leading effective strategy development and implementation; compensation and benefits management, employee resourcing, work force planning, and change management.  Rosemary worked in M-KOPA Solar – Kenya Limited, as a HR Manager developing and aligning policies and strategy for the HR Department. She also worked at the British High Commission, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), United States International University (USIU), World Vision International and Care International (K), where she led the deliverables of the various HR teams. Rosemary possesses a Masters degree in Human Resource Management, and Bachelors degree in Industrial Psychology. She is a member the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM).