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ALEX EZEH

Dr. Ezeh received his PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) in 1993. He also has an MA in Demography from the same university (1991), and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1988).

Alex is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and Director, CARTA. He joined APHRC in 1998 (when the Center was a program of the Population Council in Nairobi) as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2000, he was appointed APHRC’s Interim Director, charged with the responsibility of leading its transition to an autonomous institution. Having successfully led this transition, he was appointed APHRC’s Executive Director in 2001, and has steered the young institution to phenomenal growth to date. Prior to joining APHRC, he worked at ORC/Macro International where he provided technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental institutions in several African countries in the design and conduct of Demographic and Health Surveys. Dr. Ezeh has more than 20 years of experience working in public health and has authored numerous scientific publications covering the issues of population, demographics, health and health metrics. Currently, he participates on the boards and committees of several international public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, PATH, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health in South Africa, and the Wellcome Trust.

JAMES KISIA

James leads APHRC initiatives in strengthening research capacity at individual and institutional levels for development in Africa. This is done by strengthening formal university and research institutions partnerships which, in turn, foster opportunities to support researchers working on development issues through fellowships. James joined APHRC in 2017 after establishing the International Center for Humanitarian Affairs (ICHA) where he worked for three and a half years as the Executive Director. Prior to that he was Deputy Secretary General at Kenya Red Cross Society. James is a medical doctor with clinical and public health experience. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Management from Lancaster University.

Over the last 11 years, James has been a senior manager in several organizations.  He is driven by exploring the role of leadership and management in the success of organizations particularly those focusing on health and humanitarian service delivery.  This interest is reflected in involvement in introducing and facilitating health leadership courses at the University of Nairobi Medical School as well as being a Co-Director for the Kenya Red Cross Health Leadership Course – work taken forward in collaboration with Lancaster University.

James loves the outdoors. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. He plays squash and table tennis.

PETER NGURE

Prof. Peter Ngure is the Program Manager for CARTA. He is a talented, focused, result-oriented Scientist, administrator and trainer with a track record of academic excellence. He obtained his PhD in 2009 from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has developed his career for the last 24 years with 8 years’ experience as a graduate teacher and administrator and 16 years of university level teaching, research and administration in 3 chartered private universities and one public university in Kenya.

His research outputs have been published in reputable 18 peer-reviewed journals and presented in 15 international conferences in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Netherlands, Chile, China, India, Germany, UK and USA. In addition, he is a trained HIV and AIDS Program Manager, a Certified Molecular Biologist and was admitted to be a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in July 2010.

He has won the Star of Excellence Award in teaching and the Researcher of the Year (2010) at Daystar University and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the African Academy of Sciences and the IAP (2009). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Competitive Grand Challenges Exploration Program awarded him 100,000 US dollars in 2010 (Round 4) to undertake a research on biological control of sand flies using fungi from Kenyan soil. The Hickey Family Foundation awarded him KES 48.3 million in 2013/2015 for the control of leishmaniasis in Marigat, Baringo County. He has also received a Post doc research grant of KES 1 million from the National Council for Science and Technology for medicinal plants research. Daystar University declared him the Dean of the Year in 2011.

Peter has undertaken consultancies with the Save the Children UK, The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Aquinas High School and the World Vision- Kenya. He is the current External Examiner for Zoology course for the Department of Biological Sciences in University of Eldoret and has examined numerous PhD and MSc theses as an external examiner. He has also successfully supervised 72 Masters Students and is involved in teaching and supervising of PhD students.

Peter is a founder member of the Global Young Academy and the Private Universities Research Consortium of Kenya, a member of the Kenya Palliative Care Association, and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences.

In a recent ranking of scientist working in Kenyan Institutions, Peter made it to the list of top 100 scientists.

JUSTUS MUSASIAH

Justus is the Program Administration Officer for CARTA. He worked as a Training Officer under the Research Capacity Strengtening Division of APHRC.

Before joining APHRC in March 2014, Justus worked as a senior training officer in the Training and Development Department at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). He was involved in developing and delivering training programs focused on continuous professional development to ICPAK members and the public. Prior to joining ICPAK, Justus lectured at Kenya Institute of Professional Studies where he also doubled as the Head of Business Studies Department.

Justus holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the same institution and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Kenya.

Justus is driven by the need to continuously improve people through training.

SAMUEL MAINA

Samuel is the M&E Officer for CARTA Programme at APHRC where he is involved in design, development and management of M&E systems in line with the centers strategic plan. Samuel provides technical advice in design, implementation, evaluation and on impact assessment strategies to positively influence the impact of CARTA programme in the region.

Samuel possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, a post-graduate Certificate in M&E, and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Monitoring & Evaluation.  He has previous experience working in private and public sector as an M&E specialist in PSI Sudan, an NGO based in Juba, and in the Ministry of Health, Kenya strengthening health programmes at the community level.

Samuel is driven by the moral story in the allegory of the hummingbird as told by Prof Wangari Maathai, my model and mentor, is my guiding principle and prevailing attitude in life.

MERCY NDWIGA

Mercy is the CARTA Program Assistant. Mercy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Sociology (Community Development and Project Management) at Egerton University.

Mercy joined APHRC in March 2010 prior to which she worked with the International Center for Insects Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) as a Program Assistnt. She is driven by the desire to succeed despite all obstacles.

She is motivated by the ant – it searches for an alternative way when it meets an obstacle and never turns back. The ant has discipline and foresight; it knows that it wont get food in the rainy season, so it collects food in advance during summer. It feels failure is the first step to success and hence not give up until it reaches its goal.

EEVELYNE KEMUNTO

Evelyne Kemunto joined APHRC in November 2010 from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency – Somalia (ADRA-Somalia) where she worked for 4 years as a program accountant.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor of Education Arts in Mathematics and Business studies from the University of Nairobi