Chair - Agnes Pareyio
Board Chairperson

Ms. Agnes M. Pareiyo

Mrs Agnes Pareyio is a social worker with over 20 years’ experience in community development, promoting girl child education and women empowerment. She has in the past served as FGM Coordinator for the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization.

Alternate PS, Gender

Ms. Emily Opati

Ms. Opati has vast experience in public service with expertise in education and gender matters. She is currently Deputy Director for Gender at the State Department for Gender and has several senior positions such as Acting CEO of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund between 2015-2016. She had also served as Deputy Gender & Social Development Officer in then Nairobi Province, District Gender Officer, District Children Officer, and as a Deputy Head Teacher. She holds a Master’s in Sociology and a Bachelor of Education degree.
Alternate PS, Treasury

Mr. Samuel Macharia

Independent Board Member

Ms. Lucy Kawira Kiria

Ms. Kiria holds a Masters of Business Administration from Moi University and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from USIU – Africa She also holds a Diploma in Public Relations Management and a National Diploma in Business from Kenya Institute of Management. She has attended the Senior Managers Leadership Development Program at Strathmore Business School in collaboration with the University of Manila Business School, Philippines.

Ms. Kiria has over 25 years’ experience in corporate management having served in several roles at the East African Portland Cement where she started as an Office Assistant and rose through the ranks to different management roles such as Sales Manager for Nairobi region, Marketing Manager, Customer Care Manager, Corporate Affairs Manager, and Transport Manager.

Among her achievements include negotiating for EAPCC to be among the first companies that were chosen for pilot training in the implementation of Social Responsibility after the Conference held in Geneva in 2012. She was also involved in revising the International Standards Organization 26000 document in Geneva in 2012.

She is also a Rotarian and has been recognized internationally for her rotary initiatives such as the Certificate of Honorary Membership Rotarian Action Group for Blindness Prevention in E.A, in Lisbon, Portugal, 2013. She has also participated in an exchange initiative of the Vocational Training Team of the VTT Project with Rotary District, Sweden.

rashid omar
Independent Board Member

Mr. Rashid Ali Omar

Mr. Rashid is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at Mount Kenya University. He holds a Master of Arts in Social Development and Management from Maseno University, a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law at the Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia, and a Diploma in Linguistics from the University of Nairobi.

Mr. Rashid is an Islamic scholar and Trainer of Trainers in Refugee Laws. He is a champion in peacebuilding and women empowerment. He served as Deputy Chief Kadhi of Kenya and Kadhi of Nairobi from 2012-2019 and previously as Kadhi in the Mt. Kenya Region, Garissa, Nyanza, and Western Provinces.

He has also served as Member of the Committee for preparation of Magistrate Courts Registry Manual, Member to the Task Force for Revision of Judiciary Human Resource Manual, and Vice Secretary-General of Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association for three years.

He participated in reconciliation training on Promoting National Cohesion and Reconciliation in Kenya by NCIC. He was also a Resource person to a seminar on National Kadhi, Uluma forum, and assistance registrar of marriages and divorces in Kenya and participated in a Seminar towards Jurisprudence of Equality, Women and Human Rights Laws of Kenya.


Mrs. Bernadette Loloju

Mrs. Bernadette Loloju holds a Master’s degree in Global Community Development from Southern Adventist University, Tennessee, USA, and a degree in Community Development from Daystar University.  She has served in different capacities in the field of girls and women empowerment for more than 15 years.  Being a survivor of FGM, she feels that it is possible for every girl in the World to be safe when communities engage fully in bringing the cut to an end.
Alternate PS, Health

Hassan Duale

Independent Board Member

Ms.Mary Maina

Ms.Mary Maina holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education.  She has a drive for youth empowerment which is dear to her.

She is the Deputy Director -Youth Affairs in charge of Youth Empowerment and Participation and also the Regional Coordinator of Youth Affairs for Nairobi County. Previously she worked as Deputy Director of TVET as Desk Officer for Canada.

She is a Member of the Expert Committee in the Kenya National Commission to UNESCO and the UNESCO UNEVOC Coordinator and ISO Coordinator. She has also served as Board Member of the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and a Board member of the TVET Curriculum Development Certification Council.

Previously she has briefly served as Head of TVET Authority Secretariat in the formative stage of conception. She has worked in the Ministry Youth Affairs and Sports as Assistant Director Youth Training, District Youth Officer in Kiambu, and later in charge of training at the Headquarters.

Prior to that, she worked with the youth for 16 years as a graduate teacher rising to the position of Deputy Principal before joining mainstream public service.

Mary is a Registered Nurse with Midwifery and holds a Doctorate in Public health with a specialty in civil society organization and HIV and AIDS. She has a Master of Public Health and Epidemiology, an undergraduate in Project Planning and Management, and a Diploma in Strategic Management.

She has a wide range of skills in leadership and management; medical emergency, Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS and other communicable diseases, Project design & management, and Research.

Mary has over 20 years of experience in Nursing and midwifery practice, education, and research as well as in the field of Public health. She provides overall strategic leadership; and advice on matters related to the Nursing and midwifery profession to the government. She formulates policies and strategies for the profession and oversees the activity implementation process through monitoring and evaluation of policy implementation.

She is also a member of various local and international councils and Board, members for MHRMAC, Kenya Medical Training Institutions, School Boards, International Union against TB and Lung Disease; Nursing Council of Kenya, and Association of Women Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing. She is also a panelist for the British Medical Journal review.

Independent Board Member

Ms. Dianah Wanjiku Kamande

Ms. Kamande is a devoted activist against Gender-Based Violence prompted by her traumatizing experience as a survivor. She is a widow passionate about widow’s rights and empowerment. She is the founder of Come Together Widows Organization.

Her passion for widows’ empowerment propelled her to organize widows of Kenya into small groups in every ward to enable them to access funding. She also realized the gender gaps contributing to widows’ abuse and drafted a Bill to bridge the Gaps. She has also linked the widows’ groups with the Ministry for Gender to help widows get a platform to articulate their issues.

In December 2018, she was feted by President Uhuru Kenya with a Head of State Commendation (HSC).

She has also won local and international awards such as the Above & Beyond Award by Black Women Widows Organization in North Carolina, USA, Global Goodwill Ambassador by Atlanta Georgia, USA, I Am Africa Award by I Am Africa Community, Dakar, Senegal, Unwavering Advocacy Award by Global Fund for Widows, New York, USA, Life Time Achievement Award by Top Women in Business, Kenya and Changing Lives for Better Excellence Award by Ladies of All Nations International, UK.

She is currently pursuing a degree in Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies at Africa Nazarene University and holds a diploma in Women in Leadership and Governance in Africa from UoN.