Peter Ngugi


Peter is a holder of Bachelors’ degree in Pharmacy and currently pursuing his master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology). He has been a member of PEMA Kenya since 2011. He is currently the chairman to the board of directors of PEMA kenya and brings on board aspects of health.

Pamela Atieno-Olwal

 Board Member.

A results oriented multi faced Organizational and Community Development Facilitator with vast 

experience in capacity development of civil society organizations at national and grassroots level. Also experienced in managing programs that target vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Ahmed Mugambi

Board Member.

Mugambi is a transgender activist , she is also known as Ruby in her transgender spheres. Ruby has

a rich understanding on transgender education and background. She joined PEMA Kenya in 2012 as a member and has been on the frontline in championing the inclusion of transgender community in programming for GSM. She is currently serving as a member to the board of directors of PEMA Kenya.

Derrick Okadia

Board Member

Mr. Okadia is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and sits on the Board of PEMA Kenya. He brings on board his legal expertise as he advises on the Law concerning the business of the Organization. He is a staunch believer in Human Rights and creation of spaces and opportunities for realization of every individual’s abilities. In addition to the Law, Mr. Okadia looks into the Human Resources affairs of the Organization as he holds academic qualification in Human Resource Management.


Board Member

Ms Catherine is a self identifying feminist and a champion for the Lesbian Bisexuals and Queer inclusion and rights. She has a background in facilitation and peer counseling. She represents LBQ in the board.

Ishmael Bahati,

Executive Director

Mr. Bahati is one of the founder members of PEMA Kenya. He has served under different capacities within PEMA since its inception including being the longest serving chairperson under the PEMA board from 2008-2012. He has also worked as the Legal and Advocacy Officer under PEMA until his recent appointment as the Executive Director for PEMA.

He is a Human Rights Activist for the GSM community with academic background in Psychology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religion and Development Studies. He is also a member of GALCK Governance Body.


Head of Programs (H.O.P)

Clifford Duncan Okoth is a human and health rights activist. His responsibilities include: Ensuring effective and efficient Program development, implementation, and management (including operations and administration) of the organization’s projects in all the target areas. The H.O.P works in close collaboration with the Executive Director (ED) to articulate both organizational and program Policy & guidelines and influencing the roll-out of the same.

Prior to this position, Clifford worked as a PEMA Kenya’s Program Officer In-charge of Health for 6 years.

Clifford brings on board expertise on mental and psychological health, community stakeholders mobilization and network.


Head of Finance and Administration

As a Head of Finance, the position is responsible for the financial health of PEMA Kenya. Producing financial reports, grants management and developing strategies based on financial research. She also guides Senior Executives in developing financial well-being of the organization by providing financial projections, and accounting services, making sound PEMA K decisions in the long and short term.

Prior to this position, Ms. Waheire worked as a Finance Assistance at the National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders. She brings on board expertise in Financial Management.

Vincent Ksavery,

Program Officer, Policy and Advocacy     

The position is responsible for facilitating advocacy and lobbying by PEMA-K focusing on identified strategic areas of focus. The incumbent is to identify, prioritize and analyze the issues that affect the day to day life of gender and sexual minority persons in the target areas; and tracking implementation of policies relating to these areas at various levels (community, county and national).

Mr. Ksavery brings with him a vast experience in advocacy, project implementation and training of community members on areas of HIV and human rights with special focus to gender and sexual minorities.

Michael Muraguri

Program Officer – Health

Mr Muraguri has vast experience in Social Science Research with key focus on health and human rights for gender and sexual minorities and Entrepreneurship.  He brings to PEMA Kenya expertise in implementation of Sustainable Development Goal Three; Good health and well being for all, especially for the marginalized and vulnerable groups in the society.

Mr. Muraguri is responsible for facilitating efficient and effective implementation of programs and projects under the Health function in accordance with PEMA-K’s strategic focus on health.

Prior to this position, Michael worked as the Research and Advocacy Officer at the Initiative for Equality and Non-discrimination (INEND).

Louis Sidigu

Program Officer – Social and Economic Empowerment

Mr Louis is the Social and Economic Empowerment Officer who ensures our LGBTQ community accesses the social and economic opportunities available to improve their wellbeing. One of the major focuses, however, is to improve access to religious institutions by removing barriers to inclusion. Prior to this position, Mr. Sidigu worked as a Procurement Officer in Toyo Construction Co. Ltd under the Mombasa Port Development Project.

He brings on board expertise in Philosophy, Religion and Social Science.


Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Ms Kidali believes in upholding human rights for all. She has vast experience in project management but majored in Monitoring and Evaluation.

As the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of PEMA KENYA, as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of PEMA KENYA, Maxi brings on board expert-level understanding of performance evaluation, including the assessment of metrics, comparative analysis, and future projections based off of improvement.

  • She is also familiar with data mining applications used to retrieve information for analysis, as well as electronic reporting tools.
  • She has excellent oral and written communication skills, evidenced by comfort in sharing and interpreting report data with managers and preparing statements to be reviewed by stakeholders.

Prior to this position, Ms. Kidali worked as a program Officer and M &E under LINKAGES Project


ICT Assistant

Mr. Makhoveh is in charge of PEMA’s Information, Communication and Technology aspects both internally and externally through providing technical support over the phone and in person, and maintaining the smooth operation of the ICT resources in PEMA Kenya secured network and communication infrastructure in order to guarantee the efficiency and normal operations of the office. Mr. Cosam also ensures the delivery of the services on information systems and telecommunications to all staff.

Prior to this position, he worked as the research coordinator for the ‘Assumptions Project’ by the VU University – Netherlands in collaboration with BIEA, Ghetto Foundation and HOYMAS Kenya.

Makhoveh brings on board the following expertise:

  1. Support on implementation of ICT management systems, strategies and policies, focusing on achievement of the following results
  2. Effective functioning of the hardware, software packages, LAN/WAN connectivity and System.
  3. Maintenance and troubleshooting of all network and computer related issues as well as integration of  security, physical control solutions for all confidential data and systems.
  4. Monitoring performance and manage parameters to provide fast responses to front-end users, integration and configuration of computer networking for best performance. Troubleshoot and repair of hardware, operating systems and applications.
  5. Monitoring and maintenance of computer systems and networks. Identifying security gaps and provide relevant solutions in consultation with the management.
  6. Test and evaluate all new technology including M&E systems e.g. database systems, hardware and software. And in collaboration with MEL Unit, develop participatory strategies and tools for monitoring and evaluating different projects.
  7. Conducting electrical safety checks on computer equipment as well enhance office IT system through appropriate upgrades and advise Operations Unit on changes or improvements required.