Chairperson Hon. Francis Xavier Ole Kaparo EGH, SS
Hon. Francis Xavier Ole Kaparo EGH, SS, was appointed as the Commission Chairman by His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta on 12th August 2014, alongside seven other commissioners to lead the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).
Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo is a lawyer by profession with vast experience in Kenya’s political and development discourse. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and a post graduate Diploma in Laws from Kenya School of Law. Hon. Kaparo was admitted to the roll of Advocates as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1977.
Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo has served the Government and the people of Kenya in different capacities. He was the Member of Parliament for Laikipia East from 1988 to 1992. Hon. Kaparo has served as an Assistant Minister in a number of government ministries. These include the Ministry for National Guidance and Political Affairs (1988 - 1989); the Ministry for Supplies and Marketing (1989-1990) and the Ministry for Labour (1990 - 1991). Between 1991 and 1993, he was the Minister for Industry. Hon. Kaparo was the second longest serving Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, having served from 1993 to 2008. Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo is the current Chief Scout of the Kenya.
In the international field, Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo has also served in various capacities. He chaired several Commonwealth Parliamentary Associations (CPA) engagements. For instance, he was the Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – Kenya Branch (1993 - 2008); Vice-Chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – Africa Region (1993 - 1995); Chairman, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – Africa Region (1995 -1997); Chairman, Steering Committee of Speakers’ Conference – Africa Region (1997 - 1999) and the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Speakers’ Conference of the CPA International (2004 - 2006). Hon. Kaparo was a Member of the Executive Committee of the CPA International (1993 - 1996); a Member of the Executive Committee of the Inter Parliamentary Union (2004 - 2007) and the President of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly in 2006. Arising from these engagements, Hon. Kaparo has attended numerous conferences and workshops of the CPA, IPU and the Speakers’ Conferences around the world. Hon. Kaparo was a Member of the African Union Observer Mission to the Zimbabwe Election in 2008 and a Resource person to Commonwealth Secretariat Workshop for West African members of Parliament on Democracy and Good Governance in the same year.
Arising from his great passion for environmental conservation, Hon. Kaparo has been the Chairman of several Conservancies in Kenya. These include Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Northern Rangelands Trust, Ilngwesi Bandas, Lekurruki Conservancy and Kijabe Conservancy. He is also a Board Member of Laikipia Wildlife Forum and Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Hon. Kaparo was the Patron for the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group between 1996 and 2013. He has also served in several secondary school Boards of Management.
Before joining the Commission, Hon. Kaparo was appointed by the His Excellency the President as the chief mediator for the Marsabit and Mandera Counties Peace Processes, together with Senator Mohamed Yusuf Hajj. Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo had also been the Chairman of the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and the United Republican Party (URP).
Vice Chairperson Commissioner Irene Njeri Wanyoike
Commissioner Irene N. Wanyoike holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a post graduate Diploma in Laws from Kenya School of Law. Commissioner Irene is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner with emphasis in Mediation. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in both Kenya and London Branches. Currently she is the Honorary treasurer and Council member of CIArb. Irene Wanyoike has also been a private Consultant, working closely with FIDA in Family Mediation and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Irene Wanyoike has a wide knowledge in the field of Mediation and Arbitration, Public Sector Reforms, Governance, Human Rights, and is very passionate on issues of Women and Youth Empowerment. She is a Civic Educator in the National Steering Committee of the Kenya National Integrated Civic Education (K-Nice) which had been under the then Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. She is also in the Panel of Mediators at the newly established Strathmore Dispute Resolution Centre at Strathmore University Campus. Irene Wanyoike is the Convenor of the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa’s (APSEA) Constitutional Implementation and Oversight Committee and a member of Professional Integrity and Ethics Committee of APSEA.
Commissioner Irene N. Wanyoike serves in various Professional Bodies in different positions. She is the Chairperson of the Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR), and a Senior 1st Vice Chairperson of the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA). She is the Honourary Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and a Board Member of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Irene also serves in several committees and secondary school boards and offers probono services on Family Mediation and Reconciliation.
Commissioner Belinda Akoth Ochiel
Commissioner Linda Ochiel is a seasoned policy, advocacy, and communications expert with national, regional and international experience in peace building, democracy, governance, and human rights. The youngest Commissioner in the Republic of Kenya, Linda is a champion of youth affairs and is keen to create a vivid link between the youth, economic empowerment and peace building.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Linda served as a Director for Policy, Advocacy, and Communications at the Commission on Administrative Justice (Office of the Ombudsman) Kenya. Previously, she spearheaded national peace and human rights initiatives and was instrumental in the investigations and documentation of 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya. She has also played an active role in promoting compliance with administrative justice principles and standards, as well promoting transitional justice, accountability, constitutional, institutional and electoral reforms in Kenya.
Commissioner Linda initiated the Annual Human Rights and Democracy Awards of the Kenya National Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Huduma Ombudsman Awards, the first public service Awards in Kenya and the Taifa Awards, an Awards scheme that recognizes institutions that have represented the diversity of Kenyan people in public service.
A producer with a diverse background in documentary film making, Commissioner Linda has been at the forefront of video advocacy documenting and exposing violence, human violations and injustices. Her most recent productions include titles such as ‘The Ombudsman, I am Here to Serve you’, a dramatized video exposing maladministration in public service, ‘Robbed of Choice’, a documentary exposing forced Sterilization of HIV +Ve Women in Kenya, ‘Youth Fact Book’, a production documenting the youth bulge in Kenya and ‘In Search of My Land Rights’, an advocacy video agitating for women’s land rights following promulgation of Kenya’s 2010 Constitution. Linda founded the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA)’s journal, ‘Amplifying Voices’; the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Journal, ‘Pillars of Rights’ (Nguzo za Haki) and Commission on Administrative Justice’s Newsletter, ‘The Ombudsman’. She is also a published poet and biographer.
She holds a Masters of Arts in Communications Studies, Masters of Arts in Diplomacy, and a Post Graduate Diploma Degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations of the University of Nairobi. She also holds BED Arts Degree of Moi University as well as diplomas in human rights and video advocacy from prestigious national, regional and international institutions. She is an alumni of the Women in Public Service Project of the Wilson Centre, Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, Equitas International Human Rights Training Programme, John Abbot College, Montreal, and the Witness Video Advocacy Institute (VAI) in conjunction with Concordia University, Montreal.
Commissioner Adan Abdi Mohammed
Commissioner Adan Abdi Mohamed has 23 years of working experience, both as educationist and community development worker. He rose from being a high school teacher to an Assistant Director of Education and later community driven development programme coordinator. He has coordinated drought management initiatives where he has been managing several development projects as well as humanitarian emergency operation programmes based on community based targeting. Mr. Mohamed has coordinated a number of drought mitigation responses as well as facilitated conflict dialogues and mitigations. He has also coordinated a number of development agencies in Government Departments, Civil societies, NGOs and UN Agencies at County level.
Mr. Adan Mohamed holds a Master of Science degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford – UK; and a Bachelor of Education degree in Economics and Business Administration from Kenyatta University. Mr. Adan Mohamed has also attended several courses including Senior Management Course (SMC) at the Kenya Institute of Administration; and Water Management, Decision Making, Environmental Aspect and Risk Reduction at University of Hebrew in Israel. He has also studied Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Training of Trainers (ToT) in Methodology and Training Needs Assessment at Kenya Institute of Administration; and Participatory Development Methodology on Community based Development Approaches by Intermedia Training Consultants.
Prior to his appointment at the Commission, Commissioner Adan Mohamed was working for the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) as the County Drought Management Coordinator. He also worked with the Arid Lands Resource Management Programme as a Drought Management Coordinator from 2002 to 2010, and community driven development programme coordinator between 1996 and 2000. Mr. Mohamed has also served in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) as an Assistant Director of Education from 1993 - 1996 as well as in the Teachers Service Commission as a High School Teacher from 1990 to 1993.
Commissioner Dr. Roba D. Sharamo
Dr. Roba D. Sharamo has over 16 years of experience in international development, diplomacy and conflict analysis and resolution where he worked in senior management positions with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya, Government of Kenya, non-governmental organizations and a leading think-tank, Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, among other international institutions. Most recently, he worked for UNDP as the Team Leader for Peace Building and Conflict Prevention Unit. He received his Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, United States of America (USA) in 2012. His doctoral dissertation is entitled, “Predatory Politics and Struggles of Peacemaking in Somalia,” at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, US.
Dr. Roba has a Masters degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, Boston, USA, 2002 and a Bachelor of Science from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 1998. He has lectured and made presentations at numerous regional and international conferences and published key monographs and scholarly articles on peace and security in Africa. He also co-edited two monographs: with Berouk Mesfin entitled Regional Security in Post-Cold War Horn of Africa (April 2011); and The State of Human Security in Africa (co-edited with C. Ayangafac) in April 2012, respectively. He is committed to the institutionalization of the inter-related agendas of peace, cohesion and integration in Kenya. His areas of specialization include conflict analysis and resolution, political economy, peacebuilding, cohesion, community security, mediation and negotiation. Dr. Roba Sharamo was appointed as a Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) by, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on 12th August 2014.
Commissioner Dr. Joseph Wamocha Nasongo
Commissioner Dr. Joseph Wamocha Nasongo is holder of PhD degree in Conflict Resolution and Management of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Master’s degree in Philosophy of Education and Bachelor’s degree in Education arts of Kenyatta University. His PhD thesis was titled ‘An analysis of feminist epistemology: Logical pedagogical implications to education in Kenya’. He joins the Commission from the world of academia with twenty four years’ experience as an educationist, seven of which he taught in secondary schools, six years at Maseno University and eleven years at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. He has vast experience in teaching, research and publications. His research interests include: Peace studies, conflict resolution and management, Education, feminism, and philosophy. He has attended and presented papers at conferences in local as well as international conferences.
Dr. Joseph W. Nasongo is also a member of professional associations namely: Association of Disaster Management and Conflict Resolution of Kenya (ADMCRK), Organization of Social Science Research in Eastern Africa (OSSREA) and Association of Third World Studies. He has actively participated in community development through engagement in civic education, review of peace building training manual, research on impact of violent conflicts on education and member of boards of management of schools and sub county district education board. His worldview is guided by the philosophy that the human person has a rich endowment of potential that requires conducive environment to flourish. Conducive environmental factors include: peace, access to basic needs, quality education, respect for human dignity and freedom to exercise talents in enhancing individual and societal development.
Commissioner Morris Dzoro
Hon. Morris M. Dzoro, EGH has over fifteen years working experience and exposure in leadership and development at both local and international level. He has been keen in empowering communities to determine their own future and realize their full potential and worth by helping them demonstrate their relationship and live at peace with each other and their environment in order to meet their own long-term needs and livelihood with the main aim of transforming their lives.
Hon. Morris Dzoro served as a Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife from 2003 to 2007; an Assistant Minister for Public Service between 2002 and 2003; and a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that, he worked as the Programme Manager for the World Vision – Kenya, in different counties and regions. He has also worked as a Part-Time Lecturer at both the University of Nairobi and Daystar University.
Hon. Morris Dzoro is currently pursuing a PhD degree course on Tourism Management at the Moi University. He holds a Masters of Arts (MA) Degree in Theology and Development from the University of Leads, UK; a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Community Development from Mesiah College, USA; and a Diploma in Communication Arts from the Daystar University, Kenya. Hon. Dzoro has attended training in different fields such as Strategic Planning and Management at CORAT; Proposal Writing and Health Management at AMREF; Cross Cultural and Peace Keeping at the London Institute and Advanced Leadership Course from Singapore. He has also attended several seminars and conferences, including the World Tourism Organization in Malaysia; Public Service Conference in South Africa and International Urban Ministry in Chicago, USA. Hon. Dzoro brings to the Commission valuable knowledge and experience in leadership, peace building and conflict resolution; partnerships and relationships across sectors (networking and collaboration).
Commissioner Prof. Gitile J. Naituli
Prof. Gitile Joseph Naituli holds a PhD degree in Business Management from Egerton University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Management and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Business Administration and Government from MIU-IOWA, USA. His PhD Thesis was entitled: “Constraints on Growth of Micro and Small-Scale Women Enterprises in North and Central Meru, Kenya”. Prof. Naituli has over 20 years experience in Business Management and Leadership gained from extensive consulting, facilitation, teaching and research. Before his appointment as a Commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Prof. Naituli served as the Acting Principal and Deputy Principal (Finance and Administration) and Associate Professor, Business Management and Leadership at Multimedia University of Kenya. He is also a visiting Professor of Management at the University of Virginia, USA and sits on the Advisory Board of Environic Foundation International (EFI) USA, as well as the National Trustee Intervarsity Environmental network (IVEN).
Prof. Gitile Naituli has conducted research in several fields. These include Education for Sustainable Development and its application to Business Systems, Small to Medium Enterprises and the implication for sustainable development, Small Business Development and Management, Gender Issues in Small Business Management and Development and the Implication for Poverty Alleviation Efforts, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Gender Issues in Organizational Development and Management, Strategic Management and its implications for Organizational Re-engineering, Transformational Leadership and its implication for development and Conflict Resolution and Mitigation. Prof. Naituli is the author of more than 25 papers on Leadership and Management that have been published in professional journals or presented at various professional international conferences. He has also authored and co-authored more than 8 books in business Management.
Prof. Naituli is a Technical Specialist with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mainstreaming Environment for Sustainability in African Universities (MESA). He has also been helping African Universities to develop projects on adaptation to climate change and also providing technical assistance to the concerned Universities, besides organizing, planning and participating in strategic meetings and Seminars/workshops. Prof. Naituli has been a Consultant for UNESCO Windholk Cluster Office to Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. In 2008, Prof. Naituli was appointed as the co-ordinator for the International Training Programme in Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education in African Universities by Ramboll Natura AB and SIDA of Sweden. He chaired the University of Gondar (Ethiopia) Senate Committee that helped develop a curriculum based on the United Nations guidelines on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which used ESD tool kit as a resource.
Commission Secretary Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, OGW
Mr. Hassan Mohamed has been the Commission Secretary since June 2010. He holds an MA in Economic & Social Studies (Development Administration and Management) from University of Manchester UK, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration & Management from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, and Diploma in Range Management from Egerton University.
Mr. Hassan is a career Civil Servant who has served in various Government Ministries culminating in his promotion to the rank of director of administration in October 2015. He was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya in 2009 for Peace building efforts whilst serving as the Coordinator of the National Steering Committee for Peace Building and Conflict Management in the Office of the President.
In addition to the aforementioned, Mr. Hassan also received exposure in international peace while he was on secondment as a Special Envoy of IGAD to the Sudan Peace Process in 2009 - 2010. He has extensive knowledge in Government Financial Management, having served as a Budget Supply Officer in the Ministry of Finance in 1997 – 2006.
Mr. Otiende Amollo
Mr. Otiende Amollo is the Chairperson of the Commission for the Administration of Justice. He served in the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review and as the Chairman of the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists (I.C.J), He has also served as the Secretary to the East African Law Society, joint Secretary to the Government of Kenya Implementation Committee on the Report of the Task Force on HIV and AIDS. He is the Sub-Editor to the East African Lawyer magazine and a board member to ‘Kituo Cha Sheria’ a legal advice center.
Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori
Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori is an accomplished Human Rights Practitioner with broad work experience at the national and regional level. She provides authoritative policy direction in keeping with the mandate of National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).
Ms. Mbogori holds a Masters of Law from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in International and Regional Human Rights Protection Systems, International Humanitarian Law and Transitional Justice. She is a Law Graduate from the University of Nairobi and hold a post graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.
Ms. Kagwiria Mbogori has worked for a number of regional and international organisations. She served at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Chief Technical Advisor. She has provided strategic policy direction for the South Sudan Judiciary, as well as working as Head of Advisory Unit of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She also served as Human Rights Officer (UNMIL), Country Programme Manager United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Executive Director Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists.
Commissioner Winfred Lichuma
Commissioner Winfred Lichuma is the current Chairperson of the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). Winfred is lawyer of over 20 years standing. Previously she has served as a Commissioner at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and has been a legal adviser to the National Aids Control Council. She also has worked as a practising Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Commissioner Winfred Lichuma began her career as a Magistrate of the High Court of Kenya, a position she held for ten years and served around the country, growing up the ranks to Senior Resident Magistrate. Winfred has a wide experience in gender mainstreaming and human rights promotions and programming.