Irũngũ Houghton is Amnesty International Kenya Executive Director. Amnesty is a research and campaigning organization that works with citizens and the state to breathe life into the Bill of Rights and Constitution of Kenya.
Previously Executive Director for Chapter One Kenya and the Society for International Development, he established an influential US$2 million public interest campaigning program. The program has expanded the right to association and protected public school land and public resources from corruption over the last four years.
Widely known as an inspirational speaker, change facilitator, and skillful moderator, Irũngũ is a weekly columnist with the Sunday Standard and is writing a book on Building Constitutionalism in Kenya. He is currently exploring the potential of social entrepreneurship for governance and human rights work.
Communications and Social Media Officer
Kenneth Kigunda Harrison
Kenneth Kigunda Harrison is a journalist with more than six years of experience in the Kenya media industry. He has worked with Amnesty International Kenya since June 2017 as the Communications and Social Media officer where he is involved in advancing the organization’s human rights agenda and raise awareness of Amnesty International Kenya and global campaigns to promote and protect human rights. He previously served as a PR/Social Media Officer at Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a radio presenter at Africa Community Development Media (ACDM) and a business reporter for the online radio station (www.safariafricaradio.com).
In addition, he has experience in being part of the communications team for the East Africa Tax and Governance Network and conducting campaigns on harmful tax regimes in East Africa.
Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Public Relations from Moi University, a Diploma in Radio Programs Production and Broadcasting from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and a certificate in Mastering Social Media from Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Programme Officer - Adequate Housing Rights
Since September 2017, Lavender Namdiero has worked at Amnesty Kenya to advance the right to adequate housing of internally displaced persons including slum residents in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu counties of Kenya. As a Program Officer, she has been actively involved in the work of ending forced evictions and empowering communities with education and tools to change their situation.
She previously worked with Amnesty International Regional Office in East Africa as a Volunteer. Her work experience also includes her role as a Research Fellow, where she was responsible for M&E in a USAID funded project Global Give Back Circle.
She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human Rights from the Central European University in Hungary and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrated Social Science (Economics, Political Science, Mass Communication, and Sociology) from Jacobs University in Germany.
Naomi Barasa has been in charge of human rights Campaigns at Amnesty International Kenya since 2009. As the campaign coordinator, she focuses mainly on the right to adequate housing rights, Extrajudicial Executions, police accountability and reforms, health rights, education and global solidarity. Her work revolves around identifying campaign issues, developing campaign strategies and organizing right holders to stand up and claim their rights.
Having born in Korogocho an informal settlement in Nairobi, her journey to seek answers to violence, police brutality, impunity and unprecedented inequality revealed the need to balance the equilibrium: challenging the ‘status quo’. Hence her human rights focus for the last 25 years.
Some of the highlights of her work include involvement in development, reviewing and lobbying for the Sexual Offenses Act 2006, National Post Rape Care Guidelines 2005 and gender compliance of the draft Constitution, now The Constitution of Kenya 2010, Housing Bill 2011, Evictions and Resettlement Bill and Slum Upgrading &Prevention Policy 2012. She was also named the 7th Bravest Woman in the World by UK magazine Marie Claire in 2011.
Programme Coordinator - Growth & Human Rights Education
Charles Baraza Nyukuri is currently the Growth and Human Rights Education Coordinator with Amnesty International Kenya. Before that Charles was the National Coordinator of the Africa Human Rights Education Program-Kenya Chapter. He has also previously worked with the Legal Resources Foundation Assistant Program Officer, Governance, and Advocacy Program. Charles has also worked at the Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya as a legal assistant.
He has authored several curriculums and manuals such as the East Africa Human Rights Training Program Curriculum 2012, 2013 and 2016- Produced in collaboration with Equitas Canada. He has also authored the Traditional justice mechanisms in Kenya 2010, Community Justice System guidelines 2010, Rights, Governance, and Civic Participation Training Manual for TOTs 2011 for Handicap International.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University Kenya and has Diploma in Legal studies from Kenya School of Law. Charles holds a Master Degree in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Nairobi.
Sarah Wanjiru is an Administration Assistant at Amnesty International Kenya. She graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
She provides support to our staff, assists in the daily running of the office for efficient management of the organization. She brings to the organization skills in office management and procedures, communication, strong organizational skills as well as working knowledge in Information Technology.
Finance & Administration Manager
Risper Olick has twelve years working experience in financial management, administration, operations, HR and project management. She has been with Amnesty International Kenya since March 2011, as the Finance & Administration Manager. Previously she worked with World Vision Kenya in charge of Finance and Supply Chain in Nyanza, Western and part of the Rift Valley. She is a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Association of Women Accountants in Kenya (AWAK).
She holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Accounting) from University of Nairobi. She is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K), Certified Secretary (CPS-K), Certified Grants Accountant and Corporate Governance certified.
Stephen Oyugi is a finance professional with over 5 years working experience in financial, reporting and grant management. He has been with Amnesty International Kenya since March 2015, as a Finance Officer where his responsibility is to help maximize the effectiveness of funding to further the cause of improving human rights.
Previously he worked with Kenya National Commission on Human Rights as a Finance Officer and The Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) as an Accountant.
He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Finance) from Kenyatta University. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K).
Admin Officer and HR Coordinator
Programme Officer - Growth & Human Rights Education