Laurah Muniafu



Laura is an accomplished professional holding a wealth of experience in project management, stakeholder engagement, policy design, curriculum design and research. She holds a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering from Sheffield University and an Msc. in Oil and Gas Engineering from Aberdeen University.

Laura is currently the Director at Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC), housed at the Strathmore University Law School. SEIC is a semi-autonomous research centre involved in evidence based and impact driven research, capacity building, policy development and stakeholder engagement in Africa’s extractives industry. Laura has distinguished herself in the energy and petroleum sector through her work, which centres around gender in the extractives industry, local content, Environment, Health and Safety in the Petroleum Sector, transparency and accountability as well as different capacity building initiatives.

Laura sits as a board member for the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Kenyatta University Chapter.

She is passionate about local content and is always working to bridge the gender gaps within the energy and extractive sectors.


James Kirwa

Programmes Officer and Researcher


James is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi.

He is an accomplished legal professional with extensive experience in research in diverse areas of law, including business and human rights, sustainable development, extractives (oil, gas and mining), land and environment, indigenous law and conflict resolution.

He currently serves as a Programme Officer and Legal Researcher at Extractives Baraza and Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre respectively. With over five years’ experience as a legal researcher, James has developed excellent skills in research methodologies; project design, planning and implementation; monitoring and evaluation (M&E); stakeholder mapping and engagement; as well as influencing and shaping policy.

James is passionate about sustainable exploitation and utilization of natural resources, particularly minerals and mineral oils, and is appreciative of the importance of action research in policy making.


Kate W Mavuti

Researcher and PhD Candidate


Kate is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the East African Law Society and the Association of Women in Energy and Extractives in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (P.G. Dip) from the Kenya School of Law, a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Oil & Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen and is currently undertaking her Ph.D. in Law at the University of Cape Town. Kate is experienced in energy law, oil and gas law, environmental law, property law, corporate and commercial law.

Kate is a Researcher at the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) and the Extractives Baraza (EB), a multi-sector advocacy-neutral public-interest platform that promotes transparency and evidence based stakeholder dialogue in the extractives sector in Kenya.

Her work centers on gender, local content, petroleum revenue management, transparency and accountability, business and human rights, youth and innovation as well as grievance management within the extractives sector.

Prof Edwardo G Pereira

International Program Manager

Prof. Eduardo G. Pereira is the International Program Manager of Extractives Resource Governance under SEIC.

Prof.  Pereira has been active in the oil and gas industry for several years and is an international expert on joint operating agreements. He has practical experience in over 40 jurisdictions covering America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Pereira concluded his doctoral thesis on oil and gas joint ventures at the University of Aberdeen. He is also a managing editor for UEF Energy Law Review and an associate editor of OGEL. He is also the author and editor of several leading oil and gas textbooks. 

Eduardo since joining SEIC in December 2016, has managed to get SEIC involved in collaborative book and research publications throughout Africa and globally. Additionally, Eduardo is coordinating a CSR project, which in turn has become a SEIC led Africa project that seeks to develop a compendium of best practices throughout the world with a comparison on local initiatives.

Extractives Baraza staff – for more information go to

  1. Geoffrey Kerecha
  2. Jovia Bogere
  3. John Mucheke
  4. Vanessa Wakasiaka

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