Catherine Nyambura has extensive experience on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health rights programming and policy advocacy, at the sub national, national, Pan-African and global levels with civil society, government, women’s rights movements, multi-lateral coalitions and youth movements. Catherine has led programming, strategy and program development and execution and advocacy on youth development, gender equality and women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights among others. This experience is infused with her background on student activism, coalition building, forging strong strategic partnerships and multilateral policy influencing.
Until March 2019, Catherine worked an advocacy officer at FEMNET (a pan African women’s rights network), she is an associate with the ATHENA Initiative (a global women’s rights network on global health, HIV and SRHR) and previously served at Dandelion Kenya, a grassroots organization as the Deputy Director. Catherine is also a consultant in the Global Advocacy Team of the GPE Secretariat. She supports work on strategic partnerships, public policy engagement and advocacy at the Pan-African level.
Catherine is a 2016 Mandela Fellow, 120 Under 40 winner and Women Deliver Young Leader . She has received these awards in recognition of innovative projects she conceptualized and scaled up on young women’s engagement in women’s rights organizing and policy advocacy. Catherine served as a Board member of Amplify CHANGE (a basket fund on sexual and reproductive health and rights), and Msichana Kuria, a young women organization working to end FGM and child marriage. Catherine has also published in the Agenda Feminist Journal (2018 Edition) and the Gender and Development Journal (2018 edition).
Rose Oluoch hold a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum Development from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA; an MA degree in International Education, from Stockholm University, Sweden; and a BA degree in Sociology from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India. I also hold a Diploma in International Development; a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, and several certificates in Peace building and conflict Resolution, Project planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, & Human Rights. Dr. Oluoch has over 15 years in policy analysis, capacity building, advocacy and lobbying including intergovernmental negotiations. Dr. Oluoch is a founding member of the SDG's Kenya Forum, and has been involved since the forum's inception and launch. She currently works as the Program Manager and Governance and Partnerships coordinator for Forum, a role that involves developing new partnerships and fundraising for the Forum’s activities.
Dr. Oluoch has extensive experience of working with civil society, government, academic Institutions, and multilateral organizations. Previously whilst working with World Wild Fund -Africa she participated in High level policy engagements at the United Nations, Africa Union, East Africa Community, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (among others), whereby she was involved in lobbying and influencing for SDG’s. She is also a core team member of the Africa Working Group which is supporting the implementation of SDG’s and Agenda 2063 across Africa.
Mark has extensive experience heading end-to-end digital implementations for bilateral and multilateral development agencies, government ministries, and private foundations. With a decade of experience predominantly in East and Southern Africa, Mark has implemented and managed large-scale M&E platforms; assessed scalable technical tools; and designed comprehensive data models and enterprise software tools to visualize and manage data. Having worked with both government ministries and international organizations, he excels at forging connections between multiple actors and delivering results.
Among others, some of his work includes leading the Tanzania Sectoral Performance (water, health, education) Dashboards implementation by the World Bank; managing USAID/Somalia’s M&E information management system; conducting assessments of innovative digital tools for UNICEF. He has also undertaken extensive work in understanding the Open Contracting Landscape in West and East Africa.