To provide a neutral and inclusive space which aims to:
Citizens about developments and activities in Kenya’s extractives sector
Actors in the sector
The dialogue and perceptions around the extractives sector
From ideation to development, we’re behind creating the most informative extractive platform in East Africa.
Melba is the current Director of the Extractives Baraza, formerly known as the Information Centre for Extractives Sector (ICES), based at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. The Extractives Baraza is an advocacy-neutral public platform that promotes knowledge, transparency and evidence-based stakeholder dialogue on the extractives sector in Kenya. Its ultimate goal is to enhance citizen participation in the governance of Kenya's extractives sector. The platform is currently funded through the Kenya Extractives Program ("KEXPRO") managed by Oxford Policy Management.
Previously, Melba was the (Founding) Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC). She also worked as a Special Project Advisor on Extractives and Human Rights at the Katiba Institute and legal adviser and senior researcher in the Office of the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya. She was a legal associate at one of New York's premier law firms, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Melba has substantive experience working with various governmental and non-governmental institutions locally and internationally in the areas of legal research, public participation, community engagement strategies, and access to justice for women. She has carried out a variety of research initiatives on transparency, good governance & sustainability of the extractives sector. Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Law) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and is admitted to practice as an attorney at the New York State Bar.
Geoffrey has over 3 years working experience in implementing human rights and health intervention programmes and projects in the context of HIV/Aids within informal settlements, human rights promotion and protection in the context of national human rights institutions and civil society organisations in the oil, gas and mining sector in Kenya.
He has previously implemented work around responsible business conduct in the mining, oil and gas sector (Extractives sector) in Kenya through the Nairobi process: a pact for responsible business. Also worked at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights where he supported work around promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights including business and human rights.
John, is an information technology specialist and consultant in web development, information security, e-marketing and information system auditing.
Having studied management information systems and marketing, coupled with his seven years' experience in various I.T fields local and international, he has built a strong I.T, research, business, design and communication skills. He strives to add, build and spread knowledge on information technology in order to present the I.T solutions to any business problem. He is a firm believer that there's always a better and simpler solution to any challenges.
Edwin is an Advocate of the High Court. He has extensive knowledge and working experience in the international, regional and local legal sector. He focuses on Extractives, Commercial law practice, Tax and other public law fields.
He has previously been engaged in busy Commercial Law firms where he focused on Commercial practice, areas of public law such as Constitutional and Human Rights and in the High Court as a Commercial Law Legal Researcher. He is also a published advocate, specifically in matters extractives.
Mohamed is a multi-disciplinary professional with a mix extractives (oil, gas and mining), human rights and private public partnerships (PPP) skills from advanced training in the relevant sector as well as work experience acquired through practice. He holds an LL.M in Oil and Gas from the University of Reading.
Laura Muniafu is a multidisciplinary professional . She has extensive knowledge on the oil and gas sector.
Previously Laura was the founder and content Manager of Kenyan Barrel, an oil and gas blog.
Her educational credentials include an MSc. In oil and gas engineering from Aberdeen University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Sheffield University.
Her interests’ span, separation processes, drilling, desulfurisation, removal of asphaltenes and flow assurance..
She is passionate about the oil and gas industry given her interest in oil and gas industry began since 2004 and she has worked to pursue a career within the oil and gas industry.
Her future endeavours include shaping the future oil and gas engineers in Kenya and East Africa especially through encouraging women to join the sector.