Our Team

 

Yves Niyiragira: Executive Director

Yves Niyiragira is from Burundi and joined Fahamu in 2006 when the organisation’s Nairobi office opened. He has more than eight years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy and campaign management on a number of charters, protocols, conventions and policy standards of the African Union, especially those related to governance, democracy, freedom of movement and women’s rights among others. Yves also has a solid understanding of international affairs and international humanitarian laws. Before being appointed Executive Director, Yves served under various capacities within the organisation and is one of the longest serving members of staff of Fahamu. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations.


Ama Biney: Editor-in-Chief, Pambazuka News

Ama Biney (Dr) has worked as a freelance journalist and lecturer. She has over 20 years teaching experience in the UK and has taught courses in African history (ancient and modern); Caribbean History; post-independence African political history; the history of Pan-Africanism and the history of black people in Britain. Among her recent publications are: The Political and Social Thought of Kwame Nkrumah (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); “The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Kwame Nkrumah” in From Colonization to Globalization The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Kwame Nkrumah and Africa’s Future edited by C. Quist-Adade and C. Frances (Dayspring, 2011); Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan-African Postcards of Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem compiled by A. Biney & A. Olukoshi (Pambazuka Press, African Women’s Development Fund, CODESIRA, 2010).


Fatou Bousso: Administrative Assistant

Fatou Bousso is Administrative assistant in Fahamu Senegal Office. Fatou joined Fahamu staff in 2008 as assistant to the editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News french edition. She became administrative assistant of Dakar office, in 2011.


Famara Diédhiou: Programme Officer, Utetezi

Famara Diédhiou is the Coordinator of the  “We Are The Solution” Campaign . Famara is based in the Senegal  office. He is an engineer on regional planning and urban management with specialties in organic agriculture. He is member of ethic committee in the National Organic Agriculture movement (FENAB) of Senegal. He is part of the Local Organizing Committee of the African Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) initiative in Senegal. Famara has a long experience working with Rural Women and their organizations. He has 10 years experience working with small scale farmers on agro ecology, organic agriculture, fair trade, domestic and export market. He holds an MBA from CESAG/Dakar.


Roy Gitobu: ICT Officer

Prior to joining Fahamu, Roy worked with the Ministry of Infrastructure in Rwanda as a GIS/IT Consultant. Roy has also worked at UNEP as a Technical Developer supporting youth networks and outreach websites. Roy is a ICT specialist in Microsoft systems, social networking and using ICT for outreach, capacity building and social economic development.


Hilary Isaac: Office Management

Hilary Hilary joined Fahamu in 2002 and was one of only two full-time staff, with just five in total. She had previously enjoyed a varied career in the private sector latterly as the personal secretary to the Group Deputy Director of the retail giant WHSmith, and just prior to joining Fahamu as secretary to the director and office manager of a small, privately owned, educational publisher, Helicon Publishing, which was subsequently taken over by WHSmith! She did however spend many years as a voluntary event organiser and fundraiser for a number of local charities, in particular the British children’s charity Barnardo’s. Her working life at Fahamu has involved her in all areas of the business as it’s grown from book-keeping and monthly accounts reconciliation to the current management of Pambazuka Press, Fahamu’s publishing arm.


Winnie Kariuki - Programme Associate, Adilisha

Winnie began working for Fahamu as a volunteer and later appointed as Office Administrator. She has trained in management and PR and holds a BA in Gender and Development. She recently transitioned to the Adilisha Programme working mainly with the Ford Fellowship but also involved with other projects.


Tidiane Kassé: Editor, Pambazuka News French edition

Tidiane is a Senegalese journalist. Chief editor at the Senegalese Press Group Wal Fadjri, he is also a media consultant specialising in HIV and Aids. Since 1996, he has worked as a trainer and workshop facilitator in journalism and communication related to development issues.


Catherine Kathambi : Programme Coordinator, Sex Worker Leadership Initiative (SWLI)

Catherine is a feminist, activist, blogger and artist. She has previously worked with the queer rights movement in Kenya for 5 years and comes to Fahamu with a background in Education.


Henry Makori: Pambazuka News Editor, English version

Henry studied anthropology at the University of Nairobi and journalism at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. He has worked as a journalist/editor at The Seed magazine (a Kenyan Catholic monthly), the Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA, an online news service) and lately at The Media Institute, a Nairobi-based civil society organization championing media freedom, freedom of expression and excellence in journalism in East Africa.


Eliza Meriabe: Programme Officer, Utetezi - Participatory Budgeting

Meriabe has experience in advocacy and community organizing specifically in the fields of climate change, women rights, land and governance. She hold's a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Social Work major and currently pursuing a Master's degree.


Mwangi Maina: Programme Associate, Utetezi

Mwangi comes to Fahamu with a background in education. He is a passionate activist interested in the labour rights of informal workers. He is also a committed Pan-Africanist who believes in the vision of a United Africa and the self-determination of its people.


George Mwai: Programme Officer, Adilisha

George is a programme officer in the Education for Social Justice programme. He brings experience of having worked with organisations that run social justice and human rights education programmes in Kenya and in East Africa. He has experience training CSOs (civil society organisations) on advocacy, human rights education, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.


Sienna Nambuliey Barley: Programme Associate

Sienna joined Fahamu with a passion for art, culture and development while pursuing her post graduate studies in International Relations with a focus on Development. She has previously worked in the diplomatic field and in civil society. Sienna works on various Africa-centred advocacy programmes in Fahamu.


Elizabeth Ngure: Office Administrator

Elizabeth has 2 years experience accounting an adminstration jobs as gained in the Auto-mobile industry. Her experience is enhanced by a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance & Management Science plus CPA (K) qualification. As an Office Administrator, Elizabeth is responsible for the administration and reporting of the business operations with focus on finance, process controls and governance. Accounting aspects are also in her control.


Maggy Waithiru: Finance & Operations Manager

Maggy joined Fahamu in April 2013 as a new comer into civil society but with extensive experience drawn from the UN and aid agencies. She has international work experience having worked in post conflict countries, namely Sierra Leone, Haiti, Somalia and South Sudan, handling finance and operations responsibilities as well as project management. Her previous work has involved not only working with government officials and donors but also with local NGOs, grassroot communities and community based organizations. Her role within Fahamu is oversight of the organization’s financial resources and operational management.