NGLHRC 2017-2020 Advisory board



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.

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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. Has been a clinician and human rights activist since 2002. Currently working with KEMRI as a study clinician. She is a member of the Kisumu feminist’s movement a group that seeks to empower sexual minorities in Western Kenya, a board member of the National gay and lesbian human rights commission, an active member of the women working with women a grassroot organization that envisions to empower 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.


George Gachara

George Gachara is a cultural activist, an author and the managing partner at HEVA. George has had a career spanning over 6 years in nonprofit resource development, and governance with a particular focus in youth development, social innovation and arts management. In addition to his work at HEVA, George is a co-director at the NEST- a dynamic Nairobi-based arts company that established the HEVA fund. George is an advisor for the Africa region with the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award for Young People, a Global Fellow for the International Youth Foundation and a recipient of the International Development Committee’s Outstanding Leadership Award.