Board of Directors’
The IEA Kenya is governed by a non-executive board of directors responsible for directing and overseeing the operations of the organization; the programmes, administration and the general membership. Incorporated in Kenya in 1994, under the Companies Act as a company without share capital, under the Memorandum and Articles of Association; and limited by guarantee of its members, IEA Kenya is independent of political parties, pressure groups and lobbies, or any other partisan interests.
The board comprises of 5 members with extensive experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, bringing on board skills and competences that see the organization move to become the go-to think tank for policy discourse, public finance management, transparency and accountability.
The Chief Executive Officer serves as the Secretary to the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for directing the affairs and transactions of the Institute, and ensures the preparation and implementation of the programme activities.
IEA Secretariat
The IEA secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer comprises of the programmes and support functions. We have four thematic research areas; they include Public Finance Management, Trade and Development, Regulation and Competition and Futures Approach headed by programme officers who manage teams comprising of Assistant Programme Officers, volunteers and interns.
The programmes are managed by the Programmes Coordinator and PR & Communication and Finance, HR and Administration act as support functions for the programmes.
It is through the Programme Officers assistance the Chief Executive Officer is able to implement the programme activities for the IEA Kenya.
IEA Kenya is a membership organization and members constitute part of the governance structure and therefore a very important aspect of the organization. We ensure effective participation of members in our activities. The members of IEA Kenya are a group of committed experts whose sole interest is to make professional contributions to the formulation of alternative public policy. IEA membership is open to all professionals who have a passion and interest in public policy, economic issues, as well as research. Corporate entities and other institutions engaged in non-profit work as well as academics are also open to join IEA as members. Since its inception, IEA has had a good number join as members, to push for socio-economic reforms as well as give policy options through public debates, petitions and research. IEA's mandate in public affairs is centrally based on economic affairs, but this should be understood to include the social and political realms within which the national economic policy is formed, implemented, monitored and accounted for.

Geoffrey Monari


Charles Onyango Obbo

Executive Editor, Africa and Digital Media at Nation Media Group
Mr. Onyango-Obbo has a wide experience in journalism and has published three books: Uganda’s Poorly Kept Secrets (Fountain Publishers, Third Edition 2003); Inside the Soul of a Nation and Its People (Fountain Publishers, 2007) and; It Never Happened: The Story of the Last Days of Idi Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is a Nieman Fellow from Harvard University and holds a BA degree from Makerere University, Uganda and a Master's degree in journalism from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Kwame Owino

Chief Executive Officer
Kwame has been instrumental in leading IEA Kenya’s strategic intervention into the go-to think tank for Sub-Saharan Africa and the region. Having risen through the ranks at IEA Kenya, Kwame’s led research and policy dialogue in economic regulation and competition policy. He also has diverse interests on economic regulation, employment economics and public sector reform. He undertakes and oversees research in IEA Kenya’s key policy areas on public expenditure and revenue analysis, international trade, economic regulation, devolution and the use of futures methodologies to inform public affairs in Kenya.

Paul Obinge

Finance, HR and Administration
Paul is charged with running the day-to-day of the finance, HR and administration. Paul has a wealth of experience in accounting and financial management. He is tasked with aligning programme activities with financial initiatives to ensure completion of activities within set budget controls. He is also charged with developing and ensuring financial processes and controls, analysis, reporting and support.

John Mutua

Programmes Coordinator
John has a wealth of experience in public finance management and in general macroeconomics. On this, he has conducted research and public policy analysis, reviewed related legislations, authored publications and facilitated numerous budget and general economic literacy fora for civil society organizations and parliamentarians. John holds a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Nairobi and is the head of the Programme on Public Finance Management (PFM).



Raphael Muya

Programme Officer (Public Finance Management)
Raphael has immense interest in public finance management where he currently works at the IEA Kenya. He has written and co-authored various publications on budgets information. He is an experienced researcher, writer, trainer and analyst. Raphael holds a Bachelors degree in Economics, Statistics and Accounting from Egerton University.

Chrispine Oduor

Programme Officer (Futures Approach)
Chrispine has extensive experience working with the civil society (both international and national) and state agencies with particular strength in governance and democratization. He has authored and co-authored several publications including books, papers and articles on devolution and development including Constituency Strategic Plans. He has skills in research, project proposal development and implementation, workshop facilitation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, data entry and analysis, and report writing. Chrispine is a graduate of University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government.

Ivory Ndekei

Programme Officer (Regulation and Competition)
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a minor in African Studies from the United States International University, Africa and a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from the Carnegie Mellon University, Australia.Her academic and professional background is in policy analysis and development. She has worked in both private and public sector institutions in Kenya and Australia in the areas of public policy and foreign policy. She has an interest in using her knowledge and experience to inform policy, standards and procedures in institutions in Kenya, East Africa and Africa as a whole. Her leisure interests include singing, watching investigative series and motivating people to achieve their greatest potential

Stephen Jairo

Assistant Programme Officer (Regulation and Competition)
Stephen areas of interest and expertise include trade, economic regulation and competition. His skills include report writing, analyses, project management, proposal development and at the core, research. He also possesses admirable ICT skills and holds a Diploma in IT from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Joan Akoth

Research Assistant (Regulation and Competition)
Joan’s areas of interest include research, advocacy and economic policy. She has demonstrable experience in analysis, data collection and reporting. She studied Economics at the University of Nairobi and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts Economics.

Noah Wamalwa

Assistant Programme Officer (Public Finance Management)
Noah’s area of interest and expertise is economic research. His strengths are in policy analysis, data interpretation and visualization. This meshes well with his work under the regulations and competition program at the IEA Kenya. He has a degree in Bachelor of Arts Economics from Moi University.

Cosmas Tabuche

Assistant Programme Officer (Futures Approach)
Tabuche is an Assistant Programme Officer in the Futures Programme at IEA-Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration on International Relations from Makerere University. His areas of interest include Decentralized Governance, Urbanization and Scenarios building. .

Oscar Ochieng’

Oscar is creative and innovative with experience managing organizational communication activities. He is a tech-savvy with sound knowledge of digital media management, and has good writing, editing skills. In addition, he posses excellent graphical skills as well as information and knowledge management. Oscar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Communication from the University of Nairobi and a Certificate in Networking and MS Office Skills from NIIT University  –  India.


Millicent Osongo

Accounts Officer

Millicent has diverse experience in the finance field. She is charged with managing the project and organizational day-to-day of finances to ensure controls and delivery of projects within set timelines and proposed budgets. Millicent holds a degree in Bachelor of Business Management (Finance) from Moi University, Certified Public Accountant CPA (K), and is a member of ICPAK.


James Ndung’u

Accounts Assistant
James works in the Finance Department at the IEA Kenya. He is passionate about business management and has extensive experience in not-for-profit financial management including procurement. James has a degree in Business Administration/Purchasing and Supplies Management from the St. Paul’s University. He also has a Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management.

Tandisonia Mwandama


Front Office/Program Assistant (Regulation and Competition)
Tandi combines her excellent interpersonal skills and interest in research to execute her role at the IEA – Kenya. She assists the regulation and competition team in project delivery and provides support to the IEA Kenya team in general. Tandi is currently pursuing her degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Riara University. She also holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.


Mungai Karori



Mungai has years of experience on the road and has been a valuable team member in aiding the IEA Kenya team meet deliverables. On the social front, he enjoys reading Christian literature.


Seka Nicanory

Office Assistant
Seka supports various office administration duties, including facility and general maintenance services. 



Jackline Kagume

Programme Officer (Parliamentary Initiative Network)
Jackline strongly advocates for citizen-centered governance through strategic participatory initiatives. She has experience working on promotion of democratic governance. At PIN, Jackline is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for implementation of the Network’s program. She is a lawyer by profession with keen interest in policy shaping, legislative drafting and good governance. She is a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) Graduate from Kenyatta University School of Law.