Elly is a social and development specialist who enjoys providing top level technical support and analysis mostly on policy issues where clarity of ideas is needed to make those important decisions. He is passionate about peace and security issues especially gender, youth-centric and people-centered early warning and early response approaches that help humanity find solutions to its challenges. He holds an undergraduate degree in Social Studies (Sociology) from Moi University, Kenya and has received extensive training in peace building and conflict management as well as program management. He is responsible for the overall program delivery and success providing strategic vision and leadership to meet future goals. He is also in charge of initiating and setting goals for programs in addition to leading the development of budgets and operations. A cartoonist and visual artist trained as a social scientist, his extensive field experience in humanitarian and crisis situations morphs into a work model which inspires and motivates him into insights for broader and deeper view of the world. He has led diverse teams delivering concrete results and solutions and after working with Government of Kenya (NSC Peace Directorate) and UNDP-Kenya (UNV Program), he also consults for clients who include local and international agencies, individuals, corporates, government, and communities. He is the co-winner of The Peacebuilding Big Idea Challenge (2020) by Purdue Policy Institute and Alliance for Peacebuilding, also a UNDP-Kenya 2012 Peacebuilding Volunteer of the Year Award winner and other awards. A specialist in conflict prevention and management processes that deal with complex pre- and post-conflict situations at the local, mid and larger complex levels.
Khadija H Thabit brings in her 10+ years of experience in International Development having worked with local and international non-profit organizations in East Africa and the USA. She holds M.A in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (Peacebuilding Evaluation) from American University, Washington DC; Master’s in Business Administration (Project Management) from Kenyatta University, Nairobi-Kenya, and Bachelor of Development Degree (Community Development) from Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda. She plays an integral role in contextualizing our programs within Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning by designing and implementing MEL frameworks and information systems to track delivery against targets, outcomes, and impacts. With her extensive skills in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, Community Outreach and Mobilization, Project Management, Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research and Data Analysis, Training Facilitation, Policy Advocacy and Civic Engagement, she has passionately and actively been engaged in building local capacities especially of the youth and women in Peacebuilding, Democracy, Governance and Gender Development in her previous assignment with UNDP-Kenya (UNV Program) and the Government of Kenya( NSC Peace Directorate). She has also supported local organizations to build their agility to pivot forward, lead strategic engagements and build partnerships and collaborations to increase and sustain their capacity, mandate, and impact. At a global stage, her contributions to the international development work has culminated in co-authoring Eirene Peacebuilding Database (2020) by Alliance for Peacebuilding which is intended to provide guidelines in quantifying the success of peacebuilding work. She is also the co-winner of The Peacebuilding Big Idea Challenge (2020) by Purdue University and Alliance for Peacebuilding where she developed a comprehensive proposal on “Tapping into Youth and Policy Advocacy for Effective Conflict Early Warning and Early Response: Creating a Vanguard of Knowledge, Consciousness and Action for Mitigation of Violent Conflicts in Kenya Beyond 2022”.
Rosemary has been involved in the creation, use, sharing and adaptation of Open Educational Resources (OER), such as the OER Africa Initiative (funded through various sources), Health OER (funded by the Hewlett Foundation) and AgShare (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). She holds a MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a BA in Sociology and Economics from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya. She provides technical support in the design, implementation and monitoring of our program activities, contributing to the planning, analysis, review and reporting of Sera Thabiti. She provides critical management and coordination on multiple projects to inform the development of the Program Reports and other key deliverables. Rosemary has been trained and certified by AMREF on professional courses e.g. Monitoring and Evaluation, Training of Facilitators and Management and Sustainability of Programs. She has a solid background in business and office management, project design, implementation, and management as well as curriculum development, report writing/rapporteuring and resource mobilization. Skilled in developing and implementing policies and procedures.