Our team

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.

Catherine Kariuki


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.


Pamela Olwal


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.

Derrick Okadia


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.

Ahmed Mugambi


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.

Ishmael Bahati

Executive Director

Mr Bahati, is a co-founder in both PEMA-Kenya and the Centre for Minority Rights and Strategic Litigation (CMRSL). He has served in the Key Population consortium steering committee and Global Fund’s Kenya Coordination Mechanism, Community Advisory Board (CAB) KEMRI representing interests of Men who have Sex with Men (MSMs).

He is a certified trainer in Comprehensive Sexuality Education and religion.

As a member of the GIN Speaker Bureau, was selected to prepare a statement for the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council that would ensure the respect of the principle of non-discrimination and equality in law and in practice, including LGBTI persons of faith.

Mr. Bahati also sits as a board member in the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)

Clifford Okoth

Head of Programs

Clifford is a human and health rights activist. He ensures 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.

Susan Waheire

Head of finance

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.

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

Vincent Ksavery

P.O - POlicy & 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.

Louis Sidigu

P.O - Social &Economic

He 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.

Ms. Kidali

M&E Officer

Ms Kidali believes in upholding human rights for all. She has vast experience in project management but majored in Monitoring and Evaluation. Maxi brings on board expert-level understanding of performance evaluation, including the assessment of metrics, comparative analysis, and future projections based off of improvement.

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

Cosam Makhoveh

ICT Officer

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 a Communications Officer and a research coordinator for the ‘Assumptions Project’ by the VU University – Netherlands in collaboration with BIEA, Ghetto Foundation and HOYMAS Kenya. He holds a degree in Information Communications and Technology.