Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees (BOT) offers overall leadership and provides policy guidelines to Uraia Trust.
Following are the Uraia Trustees:
Dr. Mshai Mwangola (Chairperson)
Dr. Mshai Mwangola, of the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, is a performance scholar who is also an oraturist, actor, director and storyteller. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston (USA); a Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Australia); and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University, Nairobi (Kenya). Her pedagogy, research and creative work is grounded in understanding performance as both the process and product of meaning-making; an understanding she also carries into her facilitation of diverse kinds of intellectual and public forums.
Josphat Mwaura (Vice Chairperson)
Josphat Mwaura is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KPMG East Africa and a member of the Board of KPMG Africa Limited. As the CEO of KPMG East Africa, he provides strategic leadership, oversight and accountability and represents the firm in the marketplace. He is part of a team that runs KPMG Africa as an integrated firm, delivering services, seamlessly across the continent.
Josphat is a recognised business leader and management consultant in the areas of strategic planning, business strategy, performance management and public sector transformation. He has been the lead consultant in government transformation and institutional development projects in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, including the set up and capacity building in devolved governments. He was a member of a team that developed Scenarios for Kenya published in 2000 as “Kenya at the crossroads: Scenarios for our Future”. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Nairobi North and a Trustee of Palmhouse Foundation, an education trust that finances secondary education for deserving students, and mentors them through life to enable them transform their lives.
He is a founder member of the East Africa Business Summit (EABS) and served as the Chair of the Conveners in 2011. The purpose of EABS is to provide a forum for engagement between the region’s top business minds and thought leaders on key challenges in order to catalyse a true economic transformation of East Africa. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA – K) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPA – K). He also holds a Certificate in Macroeconomic Policy and Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (USA).
Abdullahi Abdi is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Aid, a Non-Governmental Organisation that is working with the pastoralist communities of Kenya. He has been instrumental in fighting for the rights of the minorities, particularly the marginalised in the northern and the Coastal regions of Kenya. He has been actively involved in the struggle for change in country since the late 80s, and has been participating in interfaith groups for reforms in Kenya. He was a member the Steering Committee of the Ufungamano Religious group that actively opposed the partisan Constitution Review Commission in late 90s. He is the Chairman of Consortium for the Empowerment and Development of the Marginalised Communities (CEDMAC ), a group that lobbies for the protection of the rights and progress of minorities.
He is the Chairman of National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) which brings together the leadership of 67 Muslim organisations in Kenya. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador of Peace for the National Cohesion and Integrity Commission. He is a Member of the Board of Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK), an interfaith group that promotes peace and interaction within the various religious groups in the country. In the past, he has participated and chaireda number of Boards and organisations. These include; Member – Culture of Peace Network (CPN) UNESCO, Member – National Council of NGOs, Kenyan Member – International Federation of Religion and World Peace, Board Director – NGO Coordination Bureau, Member – Cultural & Health Grant Programme, Ford Foundation/PATH, Trustee – RAINBO U.K., Member – National Water Sector Committee (Kenya) WESCOORD, Chairman – National Halal Society of Kenya, Member – Reference Group – Constitution of Kenya, Committee of Experts, Chairman – National Governing Council APRM, NEPAD, Managing Director – Zonal Freights Limited, Range Management Educationist – UNDP/FAO Range Management Project.
Professor Miriam Were
Prof Miriam K. Were is a Kenyan Medical Doctor and a Public Health advocate, an academic, and recipient of the first Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services. She started with a degree in Natural Sciences, then a postgraduate Diploma in Education. Later she studied Medicine at the University of Nairobi (UoN) at which she later joined as a member of the teaching staff. She rose through the ranks to become head of the Department of Community Medicine at UoN School of Medicine.
Prof Were studied at Johns Hopkins University (USA) where she graduated in 1981 with a PhD in Public Health, specialising in Health Planning and Management. She has applied this training and academic background to programmes focused on community-based empowerment. Her work aims to help others move towards implementing creative, effective, and self-sustaining programmes. Her focus has been on empowering communities towards improving the quality of their lives.
Uduak Amimo is the host of Cheche, a weekly, current affairs talk show that is aired on Citizen TV in Kenya. Uduak’s career in journalism started in Nairobi, Kenya as a television producer with Reuters TV. She moved to Washington D.C. where she had secured a scholarship and teaching assistant-ship for her MA in Communications and Public Policy at American University in Washington DC (USA). She went on to work at the Voice of America (VoA) in Washington.
Uduak then moved to London to work for the BBC, presenting, producing and editing the flagship programmes – Network Africa and Focus on Africa – and helping craft editorial policy as the BBC’s Senior Editorial Advisor. She also was the BBC correspondent in Ethiopia and covered the African Union as part of the assignment. She has reported from, and trained journalists in several African countries. She has also interviewed many of Africa’s leaders and luminaries. She was one of the moderators of Kenya’s first ever, live televised presidential debate.
For her social responsibility, she focuses on young people and education, and mentors secondary school girls and journalism students. She was a 2014 Global Social Impact Fellow, a programme offered by the University of Pennsylvania’s (USA) Centre for Social Impact Strategy. Uduak is a 2015 Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.
Dr. Collins Odote
Dr Collins Odote is a Lawyer with a PhD in Law from the University of Nairobi (UoN). He joined UoN as a tutorial fellow in May 2010 but had taught before then on a part time basis at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Studies of the university.
Since June 2011, Dr Odote has taught at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) as a lecturer and the School of Law, UoN. He has also been supervising and mentoring both LLM and PhD students.
Prior to joining UoN, he had worked for a number of governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) developing particular competencies in legal research, project cycle management, process consulting, evaluations, election-related work, environment and natural resource management work, capacity strengthening and training. He is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Dr Odote has published numerous books by himself, and in partnership with other authors.
Ikal Angelei holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN) and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA). She is the Executive Director of Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) and has extensive experience working on environmental and natural resource governance and advocacy. Ikal is also skilled in community mobilisation and advocacy. In 2012, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her voicing of environmental implications of the Gilgel Gibe III Dam, in Ethiopia, and speaking on behalf of Kenyan indigenous communities.
The Board of Trustees has set up two Committees to assist it in fulfilling its mandate; namely the Grants and Programmes Management Committee and the Finance, Human Resource, Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Grants and Programmes Management Committee
The role of the Grants and Programmes Management Committee shall be to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in the grant and programme management areas. Its overall mandate is to ensure development and compliance with policies and procedures that will guarantee prudent grant and programme management, in line with best practices.
Finance, Human Resource, Audit and Risk Management Committee
The Finance, Human Resource, Audit and Risk Management Committee shall assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in the finance, human resource, audit and risk management.