Melba is the director of Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre.


She has substantive experience working with various governmental and non-governmental institutions within Kenya in the areas of legal advocacy and research in the extractives sector.


Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science with a special focus on on corporate accountablility for human rights violations by multinational corporations conducting extractive operations in developing countries with weak (or absent) governance systems.


She has also written and presented several papers.



Jonah is the Deputy Director, Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre
He is also a Practicing Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, holds an LLM in Oil & Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen.
Has had years of experience in Constitutional Law, civil litigation, and commercial law concerning the extractives Industry.
He has presented several papers as pertains to the extractive industry.



Mohamed is a multi-disciplinary professional with a mix of extractives (oil, gas and mining), human rights and private public partnerships (PPP) skills acquired from advanced training in the relevant sector as well as work experience acquired through practise.
He holds an LL.M in Oil and gas  from the University of Reading.
He is the programme Manager at Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre.



Tom Achoki, MD, MPH, is Director of African Initiatives and Clincial Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He has over ten years' progressive experience in population health research and program management at country, regional, and global levels. His areas of interest include monitoring and evaluation; program implementation and research; and health systems strengthening.


Dr. Achoki earned his medical degree from the University of Nairobi and worked at the Kenya National Hospital. He then joined the Ministry of Health in Kenya as a medical officer, working at the district level. After earning a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine specialization from the University of Pretoria, Dr. Achoki joined Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold in 2007 as a Public Health Specialist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously, he was at the World Economic Forum as a Project Manager and Global Leadership Fellow, serving as coordinator and technical advisor to the Private Sector Constituency of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.


Dr. Achoki completed a two-year Post-Graduate Fellowship at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. He then joined the Ministry of Health in Botswana as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, providing overall technical support in health system performance assessment. Dr. Achoki is registered and practicing as a Public Health Specialist in Botswana, and he is active in a number of professional and charitable associations.


Some of his publications include; 

  1. ACHOKI T, Chansa C. Impact of funding modalities on maternal and child health intervention coverage in Zambia. Health Policy and Technology. 2013 
  2. ACHOKI T, Masiye F., Schneider M, et al. Maternal and Child Health Intervention Coverage in Zambia: the Heterogeneous Picture. Seattle: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2011.



LLB (UON), LLM (UON), PhD (Sydney)

Dr Elizabeth Gachenga is currently the Associate Dean of the Strathmore School of Management and Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Laws anda Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Nairobi and a Doctorate from the University of Western Sydney. She conducted her doctoral research on integration of customary law systems in statutory frameworks of water governance for sustainable development.


Elizabeth has been bestowed several awards and grants including ‘Best Graduate Student Paper Award for 2013 IUCN Environmental Law Academy Colloquium, 24th -28th June 2013, Waikato New Zealand’ and ‘Water and Sanitation Sensitization Community Outreach Project for Rural Women in Sambalat, Grant from Brazafric 2010’ among others. She has also published widely in the area of environmental law and policy. Some of her publications include:

  1. GACHENGA E, ‘Governing the Commons and Customary Law Systems for Sustainable Natural Resource Governance: A Case of the Marakwet’ Special Issue of Journal 'Policy Matters' 2014 Forthcoming
  2. GACHENGA, E, ‘The Right to Use Customary Law Systems for Water Governance and the Human Rights Based Approach: A Case of the Marakwet of Kenya,’ Paper presented at the 2013 IUCN Environmental Law Academy Colloquium, 24-28 June 2013, Waikato New Zealand
  3. KAMERI-MBOTE P and GACHENGA E, Land Water and the Environment in the New Constitutional Dispensation: Transition Issues, Paper presented at the 7th Annual Water




Dr. Steve OumaAkoth is currently the Executive Director of Pamoja Trust and a practicing anthropologist. 


He holds a PHD in social anthropology from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. 


He has extensive experience in conceptualizing, formulating, designing and implementing human rights and social justice programmes in civil society organizations in Eastern Africa for the last 15 years. Ouma’s interests in ethnography, urban studies, pedagogy of humanities, social life of human rights and discourse of modernity bridges his joint participation in the academy and civil society in Kenya. 


His most recent academic paper was on Rethinking Urban Modernity: Negotiation of Positions and Disciplinary Conversations in Contemporary Nairobi at the Conference on Building the City: Planning, Participation, and Practice in East Africa held at British Institute in Eastern Africa, March, 2014.



B.A. in philosophy (Hull), Mphil (Warwick), Dphil (Warwick)


A natural resource governance expert, with country experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, UK and Vietnam.


Jeremy specializes in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), political economy and institutional analysis, programme/team leadership, change management, organizational development and capacity building. His focus as a consultant is on adding value at all times, providing insights based on experience and creative thinking that responds actively to the present context. 

His interests lie in two main areas: firstly, ensuring that governance arrangements in emerging economies are optimised in terms of limiting discretionary powers and moving towards robust transparency & accountability frameworks. Secondly, in rethinking the linkages between transparency and accountability, questioning the technocratic assumption that more transparency automatically leads to more accountability in favour of an approach that begins by assuming the autonomy of both concepts. 


He is currently designing a programme of support from DFID to the extractives sector in Kenya.


Mr. Weate has published articles and analysis pieces in Al Jazeera America, Global Briefing, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, The Royal Africa Society’s African Arguments, Africa Report, Chimurenga, Research in African Literature, Philosophia Africana and African Identities.



Bcom (Strathmore), Mcom – Finance (Strathmore)


Ishmael is a lecturer at the Strathmore School of Finance and Applied Sciences. He got his undergraduate and masters degree from the Strathmore University.


His research interests are in value investing portfolio management and venture capitalism. In addition he has completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam of the CFA Institute.


He has also published on his area of expertise and these include:

  1. ISHMAEL M. Determinants of Capital Structure of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. ISHMAEL M. Innovative Financing for Water Resources and Services conference training (2011) followed by a book chapter (unpublished) with the same title




Wanyee has extensive experience working with communities impacted by the mining / extractive industry, as well as with civil society organisations (CSOs) working on the same, both locally and internationally.


His area of specialization focuses on the political economy of the extractive industry, as well as its socioeconomic and environmental impacts, particularly within the context of economic globalization / liberalization and "securitization". His Master’s thesis ( critiques the extractive industry, policy formulation in the extractive sector, and examines the challenges posed by the extractive industry in the form of environmental and human rights violations, as well as the “resource curse.”


Wanyee's research has also focused on the "free entry" mining system and its impact on mining reforms in developing countries, particularly on individual and collective rights to land and natural resources, including the right to "free, prior, and informed consent" (FPIC).

Contact Details

Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale
P.O. Box 59857 00200
City Square, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel.: +254 (0) 703 034 601/604
Fax: +254 (0) 703 034 000/300