2017-2020 Advisory board members



Achieng Akena

Achieng is a Kenyan lawyer and human rights and democracy practitioner with 18 years of experience in varied regions and contexts, from Botswana to Afghanistan. She is currently the Executive Director for a continental NGO which aims to realise the ideal of a people-centred Africa, the Pan African Citizens Network (PACIN). She has engaged extensively with Africa's regional system, and worked within both United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions. She is an Open Society Justice Initiative Fellow (2004-2005) and holds a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.

Arnold Kwesiga

Arnold is the Programs Manager, Business and Human Rights at the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER). He is also a Project Coordinator of the Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA) and a Lecturer of Law at Cavendish University Uganda. He holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University. He has previously worked for Human Rights Watch (HRW), Centre for Policy Analysis (Parliament Watch) and the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University. Arnold holds a great passion for general human rights discourse, with a bias in social justice issues and minority rights. Arnold has previously worked on sexual minority rights with the Legal Team of Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL). Arnold is a member of the Public Interest Law Clinic and the Network for Public Interest Lawyers at Makerere University School of Law.



Beryl Ogutu

Beryl is a Clinician/Facilitator/Human rights activist/Mentor/Researcher with extensive experience working with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering training solutions designed to support/train/monitor and evaluate organizations. Passionate about facilitation/facilitating learning and empowering women. She currently works with KEMRI as a study clinician and is a member of the Kisumu feminist’s movement a group that seeks to empower sexual minorities in Western Kenya and an active member of the Women Working with Women—a grassroots organization that empowers sexual minorities in Western Kenya. Beryl has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Professions Education from MMUST, Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from Kenya Medical Training College. Certification in Research/HIV/AIDS management/ Project planning, Organization, Monitoring and evaluation and leadership and management.

Dr. Brian Bichanga

Dr. Bichanga is a medical doctor holding a Bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Nairobi with a deep interest in surgery, paediatrics and research. He currently works for Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU) whose core mandate is to provide support to victims of torture, violence and discrimination. He is also, a member of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) where he serves as the current secretary and liaison officer in the Standing Committee on Human Rights. Hobbies include playing the piano and travelling.

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Ng'ethe Githinji

Ng'ethe currently works with Landmark Worldwide, a professional, personal training and development organization offering transformation conversations in its courses and programmes. He graduated with a B.A. Hons. in Graphic Design and worked in advertising before starting his own venture, Event Haven Limited. An Event Venue Company partnering with individuals for personal and public events, entertainment and healthy lifestyle arenas. He is experienced in communication and brand awareness and has extensive training in team management and is certified as a NLP Practitioner and Life Coach.