Allan Maleche is a practicing lawyer and human rights activist with over ten years’ work experience in the field of law, ethics, health and human rights related issues. He has several years’ experience working on projects in the fields of HIV, TB and health. Allan has led KELIN as Executive Director since 2010, and is a board member of the African Sex Workers Alliance, Chair of the Implementer Group of the Global Fund, an alternate board member of the Developing Country NGO Constituency of the Global Fund board, and a member of the Ethics Review Committee of the Gertrude’s Children Hospital in Nairobi. Allan holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Gender and Human Rights from Uppsala University. Prior to joining KELIN, he worked at the Rachier & Amollo Advocates firm, and as a data entry clerk in an HIV research clinic run by University of Nairobi and University of Washington. He is currently a visiting scholar, until December 2015, at the FXB Center for Health and Human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, focusing on Universal Health Coverage and rights based approaches.
Carolene Kituku is the Human Rights Counsel at KELIN. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She holds a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Western Cape. Her professional background spans eight years’ experience in the fields of constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and international law. She started her legal career in private practice at Letangule and Company Advocates. During that time, she also worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology - School of Law. She taught Administrative law, Humanitarian Law and Children and the Law. Thereafter, she worked as a Researcher at the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, where she undertook research in human rights abuses, international criminal law and transitional justice processes. In 2012, she was appointed as a legal researcher at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court at Nairobi. During the period between January 2016 and June 2016, she attended an exchange programme between the Supreme Court of Kenya and the Constitutional Court of South Africa at the Constitutional Court. She clerked in the Chambers of the now retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Over the years, she has gained considerable experience in constitutional and human rights law. She has also undertaken extensive training in international law, constitutional law, legal research and writing.
Edgar Dearn Makona is the Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at KELIN. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) specializing in Epidemiology and Population Health from Maseno University and a Bachelors’ Degree in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi. Prior to his current role, Edgar worked as an M& E Officer and Site Data Manager, with The Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases- a comprehensive HAART treatment facility jointly established by the University of Washington (UW) and Coptic Hospital in Nairobi. He also served as a Regional Focal Point for Eastern Africa for the Global Youth Coalition of HIV and AIDS (GYCA) - a UNFPA and PHI funded Youth-led NGO; Data Analyst and M&E Officer with BARA-Africa, a continental NGO working in the areas of health and development closely with its partners - NPI and CDC; and worked as a Technical Advisor with World Health Organisation (Technical Advisory Group on Innovations in Male Circumcision (MC)). Edgar has over twelve years of work experience in designing, developing and implementing result based M&E systems and approaches; project management, training and working directly with different communities. He has also been extensively trained in monitoring and evaluation, research, project management, computer programming, and statistical software.
Emily Awuor Otieno is a Programme Assistant at KELIN working on Women, Land, and Property Rights. She has extensive knowledge HIV/AIDs and human rights, having spent six years working with the community on HIV programmes, particularly targeted at women and children. Before working at KELIN, she worked as a peer educator at Tuungane youth project in Kisumu County.
Jessica Achieng Oluoch is a lawyer and peer educator. Her passion for human rights began in 2007 when she worked with youth at Chanuka Post Test club under Handicap International. During this period she participated in community dialogues and peace building initiatives that exposed her to the various social and economic issues affecting women in IDP camps and in the rural areas of the country. She later worked with MildMay International as a mentor for Female Adolescent Budding clubs and also as a pro bono legal consultant. She brings this experience to KELIN where she is responsible for promoting and protecting women’s land and property rights.
Lucy Ghati is the Programme Manager for HIV & TB at KELIN. She has over seven years of experience in program planning implementation and coordination from the National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK). While at NEPHAK Lucy implemented TB and HIV programs funded by The Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria (GFATM) as well USAID grant. She is also an AVAC fellow 2012, having successfully won and implemented a biomedical HIV prevention research grant (Optimizing ART treatment as prevention) from AVAC. She has participated in national and international events including advocating for WLHIV rights at the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva. Lucy has a diploma in project management from the Kenya Institute of Management. An alumni of both Nairobi and Kenyatta Universities, she is an educationist with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
Nerima Akinyi Were is a Programme Officer for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights thematic Area. She is a Lawyer that holds Masters and Undergraduate degrees in Law from the University of Pretoria. Nerima previously worked with the Judiciary in South Africa serving as a researcher at the Land Claims Court and the Constitutional Court in South Africa. She worked with KELIN as a volunteer, intern and eventually pro-bono lawyer between 2014 and 2015 when she left the organisation to complete her pupillage at Coulson Harney Advocates. Nerima also works as a Tutorial Fellow at the University of Nairobi, teaching in the evenings and engaging in research for the University.
Onyango Opudo Ondeng is the Programme Manager on Women Land & Property Rights. Ondeng is a trained strategic planner with a bias to result based management and evidence based programming, has over 12 years’ work experience in the private, public and NGO Sector. Most notably, as a project manager at Marie Stopes International, managing the HIV Global Fund Desk and as a UNDP HIV & AIDS specialist stationed at Kenya National AIDS Control Council (NACC). Ondeng holds a degree in anthropology and philosophy, and a postgraduate diploma in demography.
Saoyo Tabitha Griffith is the Deputy Executive Director - KELIN Kenya. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Masters in Law on Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria. Professionally, Tabitha has previously engaged in private practice in the firm of Madan-Handa Advocates and has additionally worked at the Ark Foundation, Ghana as part of her Masters Programme. Tabitha has also served as a Programmes Officer for Reproductive Health Rights at the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya. Tabitha has previously consulted for the Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and has previously been an adjunct lecturer at Kenyatta University, School of Law and Riara University School of Law.
Ted Wandera Odunga is the Programme Officer for Key & Affected Populations at KELIN and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He has a bachelor’s degree in law, and a diploma from the Kenya School of Law (ATP). He was consequently admitted to the bar in February 2014. Ted’s passion for human rights begun when he worked as an intern at the Federation for Women Lawyers (FIDA), a local NGO that advocates for women’s rights. His passion for work around Key populations begun in 2014, when he was employed at KELIN as a programs assistant. He was touched by the stories of injecting drug users and sex workers who underwent a lot of stigma, discrimination and violence as a result of drug use and sex work. Ted has worked with drug users and sex workers in the Counties of Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu and Kilifi. In his day to day activities he processes human rights cases lodged at the office by partners, including maintenance of case files and records. He also assists in the monitoring and where necessary responding to developments in law, policy and practice in Kenya and the East African region which are relevant to KELIN’s focus areas for advocacy through research and writing.
Timothy Wafula Makokha is the Programme Associate for HIV & TB at KELIN. Timothy holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and has undergone the Advocates Training Programme (ATP) at the Kenya School of Law. He has previously worked as a legal researcher and legal associate at a legal consultancy firm and a law firm, respectively. Wafula has experience and passion in research, public interest law, public interest litigation, consulting, human rights, training and mentoring.
Tracy Mwikali Nyenze is KELIN’s Finance and Administration Officer who gives financial and logistical support to the the organization. She is a Certified Public accountant of Kenya and holds a bachelor's degree in commerce (accounting) from Daystar University, she also has a finalist certificate in certified public accountants. Tracy has more than six years experience in accounting and auditing having worked as an Auditor at Thomas and associates and thereafter Thomas Daniel and associates up to the level of an audit manager.Tracy is currently pursuing her master's in Strategic Management .