KNOWLEDGE BANKING AND INNOVATION
This is the division through which TCH conducts short-term and long-term studies. Policy and research innovations are created here.
All our public sector work is carried out in this unit. This includes policy audits, policy formulation and implementation frameworks
TECHNICAL UNDERTAKINGS UNIT
Through this unit, we undertake programme and project evaluations, retainer services, strategic planning and reviews, organizational assessments
Who we are
The Consulting House (TCH) is a policy and security think-tank based in Nairobi but with presence in 18 countries within Africa. The firm applies a multi-disciplinary approach to its work in two ways. One, its Senior Fellows, Visiting Senior Fellows and Associate Fellows are drawn from numerous disciplines. These include political science, geo-spatial engineering, law, architecture, economics, public administration, gender and masculinity studies and military science. Two, it is a melting pot where academics and practitioners co-create solutions to the policy and security dilemmas of the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.
TCH is also the National Research Institute (NRI) for IGAD in Kenya and has an MoU with IGAD to advice its Secretariat in Djibouti on issues of conflict and security within the region.
TCH is also a part-time teaching faculty through collaborations with a number of different universities. Our emphasis is executive and applied education where we test-drive our policy and security models by training practitioners.
The Consulting House
No. 26 Lobelia Drive,
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Mutahi Ngunyi is a political scientist who has taught at the University of Nairobi, University of Leeds (Visiting Research Fellow), University of Helsinki in Finland (Visiting Research Fellow), Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (Associate Research Fellow) and the Scandinavian Institute for African Studies (SIAS) as a researcher on structural adjustments and political conditionality. Ngunyi is currently the Principal Fellow at both TCH and IPEX. He has worked in more than 21 countries of Africa leading teams in both strategic reviews and policy related studies for sectors reforms.
Milton Obote Joshua
Senior Visiting Fellow
Milton Obote Joshua is a researcher, lecturer and trainer in literature; gender and masculinities in international sustainable development. Currently a doctoral candidate, in comparative literature, Milton has over 15 years rich experience of teaching, student advising, research and training on: critical theory; masculinities, and gender relations in development with both state and non- state academic, state and non-state agencies including United States International University (USIU Nairobi); Egerton University; University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Brandeis University at Waltham Massachusetts; UN agencies, numerous CSOs and CBOs. His work spreads over several countries and regions including; USA; UK; Mexico; Burkina Faso; Ghana; Southern Sudan; Malawi; Burundi, Uganda; Kenya and Tanzania. A FORD Foundation IFP alumni, he has variously served in the following (recent) capacities among others: Consultant associate with the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) on issues of Equality and Non- Discrimination in gender, citizenship and ethnicity(2014); research technical advisor to a research project on SGBV undertaken by the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development- CCGD and Funded by IDRC (2013-14); principal consultant for Center for Education and Democracy and Governance CEDGG on the development of Nakuru County Public Participation Policy Framework (2014); consultant UNDP gender and Climate Change Initiative (2012-13); resource person for Digital Opportunity Trust , DOT-K’s implementation of gender strategy in her programs (20140. Milton is skilled in the mainstreaming of gender and masculinities in programs; participatory research and training, and, mentorship.
Prof. Alfred Omenya
Senior Visiting Fellow
Prof. Alfred Omenya is an environmental Architect trained in architectural design, sustainable urbanism and development. He is Principal Researcher, Eco-Build Africa. He has been the Dean, School of the Built Environment at the Technical University of Kenya and Principal Researcher at Eco-Build Africa. He taught at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and University of Nairobi, Kenya, as Associate Professor of Architecture. He has published over 70 academic papers in his research areas. Prof. Omenya has also worked in the private Sector, as a Principal Architect, in Planning Systems Architects (Kenya) and Sync Consult (South Africa). He has undertaken various research consultancies for many international organisations including the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNEP, African Union, Sida (Sweden), UK-Aid, Oxfam GB, GOAL Ireland, etc. He collaborates in research with Harvard Graduate School, ETH Zurich, University of Manchester, University of Florida, the Woodrow Wilson Center, African Centre for Cities, Institute of Security Studies, etc. His recent works include African Union Common Position on Climate Change; African Union Strategy on Climate Change, State of African Cities Reports and the Swedish SymbioCity Programme
Senior Visiting Fellow
Jennifer Shamalla is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Her experience is multifaceted having worked with governments, international and national non governmental organisations as well as in the private sector. In addition she has worked in countries within the region and Africa at large, most recently in Southern Sudan undertaking a comprehensive civic education program with indigenous civil society organizations. Jennifer is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Consulting House And was recently elected to the Law Society Council as a council member where she is currently the Convener of the ICT/Intellectual Property Rights Committee. She is a recognised resource person in the following areas: Human Rights/Transitional Justice Intellectual Property Rights Civic Education International and Regional Trade conventions.
Major General (Rtd.) Charles Mwanzia
Senior Visiting Fellow
Charles Mwanzia* is a Professional Safety, Security and Intelligence Expert, retired Major General from Kenya Defence Forces [Kenya Air Force] fm Feb 2012. Former Chief and Director of Military Intelligence and Commandant Defence Staff College and Kenya Military Academy. He served with UN UNTAG Namibia in 1989. Currently Director, Board of Directors, Kenya Ordinance Factories Corporation, Eldoret, Kenya and Recognized KCAA Air Traffic Management Trainer and Consultant. He has been a Senior Lecturer at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya National Defence College, Defence Staff College and IPSTC in Nairobi . He is Criminology Lecturer at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. He is established Researcher with numerous articles publications and book reviews. Member Editorial Board Wudpecker Journal of Educational Research. Holder of Doctor of Philosophy in Military Science, MA International Relations with Top Student Award from United States International University and Final year PhD Candidate of Peace and Conflict Studies at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Nairobi Centre and lectures at Kenya Institute of Management in Institutional Governance and Leadership Courses. He holds Security and Intelligence PG Diplomas from US Defense Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence University, Washington DC and Intelligence and Security Center Chicksands, Bedfordshire England, UK. He is a Pilot and Specialist in Air Traffic Management [Senior Air Traffic Controller] . He was awarded Presidential award, the Chief of the Order of Burning Spear of Kenya among many other national awards.
Hon. Simon Mulongo
Senior Visiting Fellow
Senior Visiting Fellow
Anne Mitaru is an international humanitarian lawyer presently working with Save the Children as the Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor for East Africa region. Working with humanitarian agencies and national governments in East and Horn of Africa, as well as the African Union, Mitaru advocates for change on priorities stemming from armed conflict and slow-onset related emergencies. Her advocacy work has covered the 2011 Horn of Africa Food Crisis, the ongoing war in Syria, and more recently the 2013-14 South Sudan conflict. Prior to moving into the humanitarian space, Mitaru worked in the areas of governance, human and women’s rights with leading regional and international organisations. Committed to seeing the creation and implementation of sound laws and policies at national, regional and continental levels, she has over the years lent her efforts to the defence of rights, the strengthening of national and African continental governance and democratic processes, and the heightened response of national governments and the international community in conflict humanitarian emergencies. Mitaru is a Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduate from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) graduate from the University of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Steve Ouma Akoth
Senior Visiting Fellow
Dr. Steve Ouma Akoth is currently the Executive Director of Pamoja Trust and a practicing anthropologist. He holds a PHD in social athropology from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He has extensive experience in conceptualizing, formulating, designing and implementing human rights and social justice pogrammes in civil society organizations in Eastern Africa for the last 15 years. Ouma’s interests in ethnography, urban studies, pedagogy of humanities, social life of human rights and discourse of modernity bridges his joint participation in the academy and civil society in Kenya. His most recent academic paper was on Rethinking Urban Modernity: Negotiation of Positions and Disciplinary Conversations in Contemporary Nairobi at the Conference on Building the City: Planning, Participation, and Practice in East Africa held at British Institute in Eastern Africa, March, 2014. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Dr. Judith Langat Mutahi
Senior Visiting Fellow
Dr. Judith Langat Mutahi is a lecturer in literature at the Kenyatta University. She serves as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at TCH and has pioneered a new methodology of conflating ‘womanism’ and ‘masculinity’ approaches to the analysis of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ insecurity. Her research work spurns a number of countries with specialty in post -apartheid ‘womanism’ in South Africa and the gender dynamics of African American woman. She also serves as a Co – Director at the Institute for Policy Exchange.
Brig. Foustine O Sirera
Senior Visiting Fellow
Brig (Rtd) Foustine O Sirera is a PhD candidate in Diplomacy and International Relations. He is a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Defence and Strategic Studies and a Master of Art (MA) in Defence Studies holder. Professionally, he is a graduate of National Defence College India, and Kenya Defence Staff College Karen Nairobi. He is a professional military officer who served the state of Kenya diligently before retiring from the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) in 2013 after 34 years of service. In the course of his service, he has held various command and staff appointments. His other competences are in the realms of training and doctrine development, conception and operationalization of rapid deployment components, peacekeeping operations, disaster management and civil military relations. Brig Sirera commanded the 4th Brigade of the KDF and was the first commander in charge of its operations in Somalia (Operation Linda Nchi). He also commanded and helped develop the Kenya Rapid Deployment Capability (KRDC/6 Brigade Kenya Defence Forces) as part of the East African Standby Force (EASF) asset. He participated in policy formulation/strategic planning and development of military training programmes. His last local posting was at the Department of Defence (DoD) where he was chief of training and doctrine (TRADOC). He also commands competence in peacekeeping having served in ex-Yugoslavia and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr. Musambayi Katumanga
Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Katumanga is a Senior Associate Research Fellow, Security Expert and a military scientist who teaches at the University of Nairobi and the Defence Staff College, Nairobi. He is also a Senior Fellow at TCH and a Board member at IPEX. He is an accomplished scholar in the field of insurgency groups having done his Ph.D work on the RPF and NRM in the 1990s. He has consulted extensively for the AU, IGAD, ICGLR and the UN on security sector reforms in Africa. He was co-author of the security strategy frameworks for IGAD and ICGLR. Katumanga is a well published scholar in both local and international journals.
Visiting Research Fellow
Rayhab Wangari is an Organizational Development Practitioner, who serves as a Visiting Research Fellow at TCH. She has vast experience in strategic management, programme design and management, human resource management and performance management. Her work experience extends across state and non-state actors including Ministry of Local Government in Kenya, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Embassy of Sweden, Sida, Development Partners Group of Land, IGAD, and The Family Group Foundation. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and an MSc in Organizational Development.
Jonathan Maina Mwangi is a lawyer trained at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is also a holder of an MSc. in Public Management and Governance at his Alma Mater. He serves as a Visiting Research Fellow at TCH/IPEX where his area of expertise is in public sector reforms, legislative and policy analysis. His recent assignments have included conducting periodic economic and political risk analyses for Tullow Oil BV Kenya at TCH; Public Finance Management design and legal contextualization for DANIDA; Public Sector Management Evaluation for DANIDA; Urban Futures and Scenarios for Sida; and numerous others. Jonathan’s Ph.D area of interest is the area of law, focusing on the Legal Misapplication of Protocols Managing Militia groups in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Njau Mwea Visiting
Mr. Njau Mwea is a Finance & Operational Development expert. He is also a financial auditor and tax specialist. He has extensive experience in capacitating organizations and companies in areas of planning, financial management, systems, audits, and training. He holds a Bachelor Of Commerce from The Catholic University Of East Africa. He is a PFM expert who has undertaken numerous assignments for bi-lateral agencies and governments around the region. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at TCH, where he acts as PFM expert. He has helped design numerous graduate courses on PFM for among others International Pioneer University and the Africa Renaissance University.
Jean Kambuni is a lawyer by training, and serves as a Research Fellow and Head of Bench for the Public Sector Reforms Division at TCH/IPEX. She has worked in 11 countries of Africa for TCH as commissioned by different inter-governmental agencies. These include, DRC, Comoros, Madagascar, Rwanda, Burundi, Mauritius, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. She is currently part of a TCH team of lawyers investigating the ‘regulatory double-bind’ affecting security management in the Greater Horn of Africa as part of an IDRC funded project for 8 countries. She has also served in teams carrying out studies for COMESA, IGAD, UNDP, DANIDA, USAID-Uganda, and Sida-Kenya under TCH Technical Undertakings unit. Her Ph.D area of interest is in “The Regulatory Double-Bind in Managing Extraction and Militia Foreboding in the Horn”.
Phillip Gathungu is a Political Economist and serves as Research Fellow and Head of Bench for Knowledge Banking Unit at TCH/IPEX. Phillip’s specialty is in the political economy of conflict and the politics of development. At TCH/IPEX, he is driving the merger of social science research methods and geo-spatial data visualization to improve conflict early warning and analysis. He has worked in 8 countries of Africa on TCH assignments including; Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Somalia. Philip’s Ph.D interest is in the “ Frankensteinian State and Its Source of Conflict in Africa”
Daisy Maritim is an International Relations Expert, and serves as an Associate Fellow and Head of Bench for the Technical Undertakings Unit at TCH/IPEX. She has undertaken assignments on behalf of TCH for various donors including DANIDA, Sida, IGAD/CEWARN and IDRC. She has also served as a political columnist for The Star Newspaper, one of Kenya’s leading dailies. M/s Martim is also bi-lingual and is registered for her Ph.D in Political science where she is writing on The Political Economy of Conflict-Related Extraction in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Junior Research Fellow
James Kamotho is a Junior Research Fellow at the East African Resilience Innovation Hub nominated by the IGAD Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN). His research work focuses on the Infrastructure and Resource Conflicts and the Manifestations of Insecurity research streams.
Mr. Kamotho holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University. He has previously worked at the Rural Electrification Authority and the National Environment Management Authority in Kenya.
Faith holds a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and management studies from the University of Sussex. She serves as an Associate Fellow in the Inter-Governmental Business Unit as well as Technical Undertakings Unit at TCH.
Faith has previously worked at The Rockefeller Foundation (Africa Regional Office), The Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research Analysis (KIPPRA) and UNEP, in the division for Communication and Public Information.
Faith brings a great set of interpersonal skills and is currently pursuing her Phd in Political Economy.
Rita Gichema is a Chartered Public Accountant and is Head of Bench of our Resource Trust Unit where our finance function is located. M/s Gichema is also a trained economist who doubles up as an Associate Fellow at the Technical Undertakings Unit where she provides backup support in economic risk analysis for Tullow Oil.
Kevin Mwangi is an Associate Fellow, at The Consulting House. He holds a BSc International Business Administration degree from the United States International University Africa (USIU), Masters of Business(Property) degree from the Royal Melbourne University (RMIT) and is currently enrolled in PhD programme in Political Economy at the Swiss Management Centre.
MaryAnne Wanja is a legal intern pursuing a Bachelor of Laws Degree University of Nairobi. She is shared by two divisions in TCH; the Public Sector Reforms and the Resource Trust Unit.