My cv

My cv

Ahmed Issack Hassan, CBS

Attorney at Law, Elections and Governance Expert
Former Chairperson, Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBC), Commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN), and Advisor to Cambridge Conference on Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth.
Pitman House, First Floor
Jakaya Kikwete Road,

P.O Box 20617-00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Mobile: +254-706-111114/735-694973

E-mail: ahmedissack786@yahoo.com

ahmedissack786@gmail.com

Gender: Male

Date of birth: 2nd March 1970

Place of birth: Bura Division, Garissa County, Kenya

Marital Status: Married

Nationality: Kenyan

Language proficiency: English, Swahili and Somali (written and spoken)

Personal: Website: http://ahmedissackhassan.co.ke

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Professional Summary

  • A lawyer and Advocate of the High court of Kenya since February 1995. A commissioner for oaths, notary public and a Certified Public Secretary.
  • Respected consultant in Law, Elections and Constitution making with leadership and management experience in the Private and Public sector and work experience in a large organization and small organization.
  • Electoral expert credited with the establishment of an effective and professional Elections Management Body and professionalizing the conduct of elections in Kenya.

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Honors and awards

  1. Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Uwiano Platform for Peace in Kenya for successfully facilitating the conduct of a peaceful National Referendum Process for the new Constitution in August 2010. The award was given by the UNDP-Kenya in conjunction with NCIC

  1. Received the Presidential award and honor of the Order of the Elder of the Burning Spear, EBS, Second Class, in December 2010 in recognition of exemplary services rendered to the nation as Chairman of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission that conducted the national Constitutional Referendum for the new Constitution for Kenya in August 2010.

  1. Received the C10100 leadership award in November 2011 in appreciation of visionary leadership at the commission and foresight in embracing ICT as a transformation tool in the management of elections in the country.

  1. Received an award for outstanding achievement in Election Management and Conflict Resolution by the London based International Center for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) on 4th December 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  1. Received the presidential award and honor of the order of the Chief of the Burning Spear, CBS, First Class in December 2017 in recognition of outstanding services rendered to the Nation as chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBC).

Academic qualifications

Certificate in Contemporary Public Administration Management, Galilee International Management Institute, in Israel- February 2016.

Certificate in Electoral Processes. Public Affairs International (PAI), London, 2014

Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, September 1993 to August 1994, Nairobi

Graduate/University-University of Nairobi, 1989 to 1992: Bachelor’s Degree in law (LLB) Second Class Honors, Upper Division

High School-Garissa High School1987 to 1988–Kenya Certificate of Advanced Education (KACE) 19 Points – 4 Principals and 1 Subsidiary

Secondary-Garissa Secondary School1983 to 1986-Kenya Certificate of Education

(K.C.E) – Division 1, 21 Points

Academic achievements

  1. Best student in National Ordinary and Advanced level exams in North Eastern Province in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

  2. Recipient of the Sakarben Sheth Award for being the best student in the second year Law class of the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi, Academic Year 1990/91.

Employment History:

  1. Lead Consultant to the National Independent Electoral Commission of Somalia (NIEC) in the development of their 5-year strategic plan working under the Creative Associates International Inc, a USAID funded project. (Jan, Feb, October, November 2017).

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

    • To serve as Lead Consultant to Conduct Follow-Up Strategic Planning Workshop for the National Independent Electoral Commission of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Build on Phase I of the activity – Assist with further Development of 5-year Strategic Plan for NIEC

    • Review additional relevant background materials, including provisional constitution, electoral laws, project documents, previous capacity building initiatives, action plans and any relevant material to accomplish the assignment, including conducting a workshop with NIEC.

    • Identify strategies, activities and resources integrating gender aspects, required for the NIEC to function effectively over the next 5 years; advise shortfalls or limitations.

    • Engage with the NIEC, Creative Associates International, BUILD project and IESG to conduct a follow on to drafting a comprehensive strategic plan by operationalizing it; advise next planning steps.

    • Provide expert advice and facilitate specific sections of the proposed workshop with NIEC Commissioners and NIEC Secretariat staff and share my experiences as Kenya’s elections chief and best practices in the electoral process.

    • Any other tasks as requested by project Chief of Party (COP).

    • Facilitate the proposed workshop with NIEC Commissioners and NIEC Secretariat staff.

    • With the 5-year strategic plan adopted, plan next steps with the NIEC, Creative, EU, and IESG support.

    • Provide workshop summary report upon request by Chief of Party.

  1. Appointed Advisor to Cambridge Conference on Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth on 1st March 2017;

  2. Chairperson, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) – November 2011 to 20th January 2017. The IEBC as the successor body to the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) is a constitutional Commission mandated to manage the conduct of elections and referenda in Kenya and such other functions such as:

  • Voter registration and voter education;

  • Boundary delimitation;

  • Monitoring campaign finances;

  • Enforcement of code of conduct in the electoral process and;

  • Investigation and prosecution of electoral offences.

  • The continuous registration of citizens as voters.

  • The regular revision of the voters’ roll.

  • The delimitation of constituencies and wards.

  • The regulation of the process by which parties nominate candidates for elections.

  • The settlement of electoral disputes, including disputes relating to or arising from nominations but excluding petitions and disputes subsequent to the declaration of election results.

  • The registration of candidates for election.

  • Voter education.

  • The facilitation of the observation, monitoring and evaluation of elections.

  • The regulation of the amount of money that may be spent by or on behalf of a candidate or party in respect of any election.

  • The development of a code of conduct for candidates and parties contesting elections.

  • Investigation and prosecution of election offences.

As chairperson, I oversaw the implementation of the mandate of the commission, provided strategic direction, leadership, oversight and policy formulation Chaired all commission meetings internally and with external stakeholders. I was the spokesman of the commission, gazetted all decisions of the commission and prepared and presented the annual report of the work of the commission to parliament and the President. I was the Returning Officer for the election for president in the 2013 general elections.

Assigned commissioners roles and responsibilities within the commission through its committees. Oversaw the training and capacity building in the commission. Responsible for International relations of the commission and executed MOUs with IDEA, IFES, UNDP, AU.

Represented the commission in regional, continental and international organization for EMBS.

The Chairperson and members of the commission serve for a non-renewable term of 6 years. Recruitment to the Commission is through a competitive process by a selection panel and vetting by the respective parliamentary committee before approval by parliament and formal appointment by the president.

Notable achievements since IEBC’s establishment include but are not limited to: –

  • Successful completion of boundary delimitation for electoral areas (290 Constituencies and 1450 County Assembly Wards);

  • Active involvement in the formulation of all election related legislations;

  • Establishing institutional framework for support of the conduct of credible elections;

  • Development of a voter education manual and curriculum;

  • Introduction of the use of technology in the conduct of elections;

  • Successfully conducted the 4th March 2013 General Election for which I was the Returning Officer for the Presidential election;

  • Successful conduct of sub-sequent by-elections;

  • Successful handling of disputes arising from the 2013 election nominations

  • Development of an Elections Operation Plan and;

  • Enhanced collaboration and networking with regional and international organization.

N/B -more information on IEBC available at https://www.iebc.or.ke.

  1. Chairperson, Interim Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya (IIEC) – May 2009 to November 2011.

IIEC which was composed of the Chairperson and 8 Commissioners was established by parliament in May 2009 following the disbandment of the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) after the disputed presidential elections of 2007 and the subsequent post-election violence of 2007/2008. The Commission was mandated to reform the electoral process and restore peoples’ confidence in the electoral process. During the period of its mandate under my leadership, the Commission managed to establish an effective Secretariat and introduced far-reaching reforms in electoral processes in Kenya. Notably, the Commission established mechanisms for electronic voter registration and transmission of results, which tremendously improved the turn around time in declaring election results. Creation of a new Voters Register and successfully conducted 10 parliamentary, 50 civic by-elections and the national referendum for the new Constitution for Kenya, held on Aug 4th, 2010 and which I was the National Returning Officer.

N/B -more information on IIEC at www.iiec.or.ke or at Wikipedia.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  • Reform of the electoral process and the management of elections in order to institutionalize free and fair elections.

  • Establishment of an efficient and effective secretariat.

  • Promotion of free and fair elections.

  • Fresh registration of voters and the creation of a new voter’s register.

  • Efficient conduct and supervision of elections and referenda.

  • Development of a modern system for collection, collation, transmission and tallying of electoral data.

  • Facilitation of the observation, monitoring and evaluation of elections and referenda.

  • Promotion of voter education and culture of democracy.

  • Settlement of minor electoral disputes during an election as may be provided by law.

  • Chaired the political parties’ liaison committee.

  • Worked with UNDP to set up a basket fund for donors supporting the electoral process in Kenya and co-chaired the project steering committee.

  • Engaged with parliament for update on work of commission and lobby for electoral reforms.

As chairperson, I oversaw the implementation of the mandate of the commission, provided strategic direction, leadership, oversight and policy formulation, chaired all commission meetings internally and with external stakeholders. I was the spokesman of the commission, gazetted all decisions of the commission and prepared and presented the annual report of the work of the commission to parliament and the President. I was the Returning Officer for the election for the 2010 Referendum on the adoption of a new constitution for Kenya.

Assigned commissioners roles and responsibilities within the commission through its committees. Oversaw the training and capacity building in the commission. Responsible for International relations of the commission and executed mous with IDEA, IFES, UNDP, AU. Represented the commission in regional, continental and international organisation for EMBS.

  1. Director, Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) – December 2007 to April 2009. WRMA is a statutory body established under the Water Act to regulate the national strategic interests over water resources in Kenya.

  1. Managing Partner in the Law firm of Ibrahim, Issack & Company Advocates from 1st February 2004 to May 2009. This is a medium-sized law firm based in Nairobi City with 3 Partners, 2 Associates, advocates and over a dozen paralegal support staff.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

    • Representing real estate developers and land owners on a wide variety of real estate including drafting of agreements, transfers, charges and leases.

    • Representing banls and financial institutions in preparing legal instruments for lending and subsequent recovery proceedings in the event of default.

    • Acting for insurance companies in defending insurance claims.

    • As managing partner, I offered leadership and direction to the firm’s lawyer’s and staff. I was responsible for the day to day management of the firm. Allocation of the duties to the advocates in the firm. Setting targets and monitoring performance. Incentives for the staff through bonuses and trainings.

    • Interviewed and recruited new staff for the firm and oversaw the general workflow of the law firm.

  • Administrative duties.

  • -Financial management -budgeting, financial planning, approving expenditure and payments.

  • -Legal practice -In addition to being the managing partner, I also took up my docket in the practice of Law.

  • -Notary public.

  • -Commissioner for oaths.

  • -Certified Public Secretaries.

  • -Human Resource and discipline.

  • -Audits and Compliance -Ensured the Law firm’s books of account were audited and compiled with the Law.

  • -Marketing and external relations.

  • -Chaired meetings of partners, Advocates, management and other staff meetings.

  • -Staff welfare.

  • -Handled major conveyancing and other high-profile cases such as acting as the general legal counsel for the Somali government in the matter of the dispute of the sale of the Somali Embassy land in Nairobi and as special legal Advisor to the President.

  1. Legal Consultant to the UNDP – Somalia on the Somalia Constitution Making Process – July 2008 – to May 2009. As a Consultant on Short Term Assignment (SSA), worked with the Independent Federal Constitutional Commission of Somalia during their process of drafting the new Constitution for the Republic of Somalia, aimed at replacing the transitional Charter.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Recruited as a legal consultant on short term assignment to work with the Independent Federal Constitution Commission (IFCC) under the constitution making support project of UNDP Somalia Governance Programme. The Independent Federal Constitution Commission (IFCC) was set up under the transitional federal charter of 2004 with the mandate of preparing a draft constitution to replace the interim charter. I was recruited to join a team of experts led by Mohammed Osman Jawari to provide technical support and as a resource person for the Independent Federal Constitution Commission. Being a lawyer with experience in constitution making in Kenya and also able to speak Somali and already providing legal services to the Somali government in Nairobi, through my law firm, I was found suitable to support the Somalia constitution making project.

I worked with Independent Federal Constitution Commission commissioners in their plenary sessions and in committees. I shared my experiences of the constitution making process of Kenya. I shared a draft of the constitution of Somalia that I had previously presented to Somali intellectuals’ forum. I prepared background papers on assigned topics such as the electoral system and representation of the people. I attended and participated meetings and workshops for the commission in Nairobi, Naivasha and in Kampala as they conceptualized, planned and debated on the contents of the new draft constitution. I took part in the process of drafting some parts of the proposed constitution in Nairobi. I later joined them in Djibouti in May 2010 after my appointment as chair of Independent Interim Electoral Commission (IIEC), as they were working on finalizing the draft constitution and formulating the process of civic education and public consultation. I facilitated the session on representation of the people, and the use of technology in elections in Kenya.

  1. Member of the Board of Governors of Garissa High School – July 2004 to March 2011.

  1. Commissioner in the Kiruki Commission of Inquiry into the activities of Artur Margaryan and Artur Sargasyan (the Armenian Brothers) – June to September 2006. This was a presidential appointment and the Commission investigated breaches of National security and other related matters in respect of the said Armenian brothers. The Report of the Commission and its Recommendations were submitted to the President.

  1. Legal Consultant to the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) in the training of Somali Parliamentarians on Constitution and Federal Affairs in May 2006, Baidoa, Somalia. I was a member of a technical team to train parliamentarians under the leadership of Professor David Ijalaye of Ile Ife University, Nigeria. I prepared and submitted the workshop report to UNPOS office in Nairobi.

  1. General Legal Counsel for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia between June 2006 and May 2009, and Special Legal Adviser to the President of the Transitional Government, the late Col. (Rtd) Abdullahi Yusuf, during his tenure in office, in Nairobi, Kenya.

  1. Commissioner, Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) from November 2000 to January 2006. CKRC was a statutory body established under an Act of Parliament with 29 members appointed by the President with Parliament’s approval, to review the Constitution of Kenya and all the other Laws of Kenya and to recommend appropriate amendments to them. The final draft Constitution as adopted by the National Constitutional Conference at the Bomas of Kenya and later modified by the Attorney General, was put to vote in a national referendum in November 2005. While at the Commission, I was elected to sit at the Executive Committee and chaired the Legal Sub-Committee, and at the National Constitutional Conference, I was the Rapporteur of the Committee on the Judiciary and Legal Systems. The final report of the CKRC is available at www.constitutionnet.org/www.CKRC.or.ke.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Mandate of Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) was to review the laws of Kenya and the constitution and after public consultation, prepare a draft new constitution for adoption by the people of Kenya.

  • -Was a member of the commission executive committee and the research and drafting team.

  • -Researched on and prepared working papers on thematic areas such as kadhi’s courts, refugees, North Eastern Province, marginalized communities.

  • -Commissioner of Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) responsible for North Eastern Province.

  • -Collecting views- Went around the country collecting public views on the new constitution.

  • -Drafting the constitution.

  • -Civic Education- Conducted civic education across the country.

  • -Rapporteur of the judiciary committee of the National Constitution Conference.

  • -Member steering committee of the National Constitutional Conference.

  • -National Constitutional Conference Delegate number 566- When kadhi’s courts became controversial pitting the evangelical churches against the Muslims, the chair appointed a mediation committee. I was a member and contributed to the resolution of the kadhi’s court issue.

  • Final report of the CKRC is available at www.constitutionnet.org/www.CKRC.org.ke.

  1. Partner and Head of Litigation Department in the Law firm of Ibrahim & Issack Advocates, based in Nairobi, Kenya from January 1998 to January 2004.

  1. Associate Legal Practitioner with M/s. Mohammed Ibrahim & Associates Law firm, in Nairobi City from January 1995 to December 1997.

  1. Deputy Returning Officer of the Electoral Commission of Kenya for Ijara Constituency in Garissa District of North Eastern Province in the 1997 General Elections.

  1. Presiding Officer of the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) for Shimbiney Polling Station, Dujis Constituency in Garissa District of North Eastern Province in the 1992 General Elections.

  1. Deputy Project Manager of the Credit Resource Management Project, covering South Western Somalia (Gedo Region) and Mandera District of North Eastern Province; A Project of the Emergency Pastoralist Assistance Group (EPAG); a U.K.-based charity, from August 1994 to December 1994.

  1. Legal Assistant with the Law firm of M/s. Waruhiu & Muite Advocates, while on internship as a law student from the Kenya School of Law from September 1993 to August 1994.

  1. Field Officer for the Emergency Pastoralist Assistance Group (EPAG) during its first phase and pilot project of livestock distributions to destitute pastoralists who lost their livestock due to drought and the civil war in Somalia and to pastoralist returnees from refugee camps – February to September 1993.

  1. Administrative Assistant with Africa Muslim Agency, Nairobi office. This is an International Islamic NGO, based in Kuwait and funded by the Government and people of Kuwait that provides humanitarian aid to victims of drought, famine, civil war and other calamities – January to February 1993.

  1. Volunteer Coordinator for the NEPLAG (North Eastern Province Legal Awareness Group); conducted civic education and gave public lectures in schools and other public institutions educating people on their fundamental human rights and enforcement thereof – September to December 1992.

Professional membership:

  1. Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

  2. East African Law Society (EALS).

  3. International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) (Kenya Chapter).

  4. Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (CPS) (K).

  5. Association of Professional Societies of East Africa (APSEA).

  6. Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU).

  7. Commonwealth Lawyers Forum (CLF).

  8. International Bar Association (IBA).

  9. Commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN).

  10. Electoral Stakeholders Network.

Research papers and reports written

(“Available at www.ahmedissackhassan.co.ke)

  1. Independence of Electoral Commissions and Electoral Commissioners- Reflections of a former Elections Chief from Kenya. – Paper presented at the 19th Annual General Conference of SADEC ECF on 26th September 2017 in Kinshasa, DRC Congo.

  2. Paper on Independence of EMBs”- presented at the Pacific Elections Authorities forum, Fiji , May 2016

  1. Plans for the Diaspora Vote in USA”– Public Lecture at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia October 2015

  2. Paper on Gender Mainstreaming in Kenya”- International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Electoral Administration, Cairo, December 2014

  1. Electoral Risk Management Tool in Kenya” Presented at the International IDEA Electoral Risk Management Tool Launch held on 13 November 2013 in New York, USA and on 25 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

  1. Understanding Electoral Violence And Security: How to Mitigate Risks To The Electoral Process” presented at the Geo 2013 Seoul Conference in October 2013.

  1. Success, Challenges and Lessons Learnt From Kenya’s March 4th Elections” presented at the Twelfth Cambridge Conference on Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth, 11 & 12 July 2013, Trinity College, Cambridge University, England.

  1. Managing Electoral Processes In the Implementation Of the Constitution” Presented at the Diaspora- UK Conference In London 28th July 2012 Church House Conference Center, London.

  1. Diaspora Participation in New Kenya” presented at the Kenya Diaspora conference in Perth, Australia September 2012.

  1. Leadership and Integrity” presented at the Annual Law Society of Kenya Conference at Leisure Lodge Mombasa August 2012.

  1. Managing the Electoral Process” presented at the 16th ICPSK Annual International Conference, September 2012 in Mombasa, Kenya.

  1. The Diaspora: Voting Rights and the Role of Kenyan Missions in Voter Registration” presented at the 16th Biennial Conference for Kenya’s Ambassadors and High Commissioners, held in Ukunda, Kwale County, Kenya, August 2011.

  1. Fast-tracking Election Petitions: The Kenyan Perspective” presented at the Seminar for Tanzanian Judges and Magistrates Selected for Handling Election Complaints in Tanzania, held in Dar-es-Salaam, April 2011.

  1. The Role of Technology in Election Management in Kenya” presented at an international conference on Best Electoral Practices organized by the Electoral Commission of India during their Diamond Jubilee Celebrations held in New Delhi, India, January 2011.

  1. Challenges and Opportunities in Up-Coming African Elections” presented at a public forum organized by the Centre for Multiparty Democracy in Kenya on the Role of Stakeholders in African Elections, November 2010.

  1. The Role of Technology in Raising Standards: Case Study of Technology in Voter Registration in Kenya”, presented to the Electoral Affairs Conference in Mauritius on the Role of Technology, organized by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies, November 2010;

  1. Security Challenges in Election Management: Towards Nigeria’s 2010 Elections – Case Study of Security Challenges in Kenyan Elections” presented in an International Conference on Security Challenges in Election Management organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria in collaboration with Fredriech-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria, October 2010;

  1. Electoral Reforms: Kenya’s Recent Experiences”, May 2010 – Regional Seminar on Elections Management in the East African Community in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, organized by African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF);

  1. The Challenges of Elections Management in Kenya” – Conference of Election Managers in Africa, organized by the AU in Accra, Ghana, November 2009;

  1. Elections Management and Administration in Kenya” – National Conference on Electoral Reforms, Nairobi, Kenya, August 2009;

  1. The Legal Impediments to Development in Northern Kenya”, Workshop for Legislators from Northern Kenya in Naivasha, organized by the Ministry of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, August, 2008;

  1. The Constitutional Management of Religious diversity in Kenya”, Regional Conference on Constitutional democracy in Africa, Nairobi organized by the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, August, 2008;

  1. International Terrorism: A comparative Analysis of Regional Response”, Regional Conference on Terrorism, organized by Letwal International, held at Holiday Inn, Nairobi, Kenya, June 2004;

  1. “The Status of Refugees in Kenya’s Legal and Constitutional System”, Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) Reports, September 2002;

  1. “Working Document for CKRC on the Kadhi, Chief Kadhi and Kadhis Courts”, Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) Reports, August 2002;

  1. “North Eastern Province and the Constitutional Review Process – Lessons from History”, Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) Reports, July 2001;

  1. “Draft Constitution for a Federal Republic of Somalia” – June, 1994 – Somali Intellectuals Forum.

Related experience on elections:

  1. Election Observer for the state elections in Bombay, India, June 2009;

  1. Member of the AU Election Observer Mission to the Namibian National Elections in October 2009;

  1. Member of the AU Pre-Election Assessment Mission to Ethiopia in February 2010 and member of the AU Observer Mission to the Legislative Elections in Ethiopia in May 2010;

  1. Member of the AU Delegation to the AU/EU Exchange Seminar on International Election Observation in Brussels, Belgium, August 2010;

  1. Member of AU/EU Observer Group to the Sweden General Elections for the Parliamentary, Municipal and County Council Assemblies, September 2010;

  1. Participant in the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) 2010 US Election Program and observer of the US Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Washington DC, in November 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

  1. Participant at a Validation Workshop to Review A Study of Election Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in the SADC Region held in Lesotho in December 2010;

  1. Head of the AU Observer Mission to Nigeria’s Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Abuja, Feb-March 2011;

  1. Head of the EISA Observer Mission to the Ghana general elections in 2012;

  1. Participant at a Workshop on Elections, Violence and Conflict Prevention held in Barcelona, from 20th – 24th June 2011;

  1. Participant at a Ministerial Meeting to Discuss the Draft EAC Protocol on Good Governance (that has direct impact on Elections in the EAC Member States), held in Zanzibar, from 7th-8th July 2011;

  1. Participant at the Biennial Conference of the commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN) in Toronto, Canada in July 2012 and in Trinidad and Tobago in July 2016.

  1. Chairperson of the East African Community –Electoral Commission Forum (EAC-ECF) 2010-2012;

  1. Election Observer to the Scottish referendum in 2014;

  1. Election Observer for the Commonwealth in Nigeria in the 2014 general elections;

  1. Commonwealth election observer to the Guyana elections in 2014;

  1. Election observer to the Tunisian Presidential elections in December 2014;

  1. Election observer for the AU Observer Mission to the South African elections of May 2014;

  1. Election observer to the Canada Federal elections of October 2015;

  1. Election observer to the Australian Parliamentary elections of July 2016;

  1. Head of the IGAD Election Observer Mission to the Djibouti Presidential Elections in April 2016;

  1. Member of the steering committee on the formation of Association of Africa Electoral Authorities (AAEA) under the African Union (AU) 2013 and elected Chairperson of the AAEA Executive Committee in June 2015;

  1. Member of the Audit and Oversight committee of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) 2014 and elected member of the A-WEB Executive Board in July 2015;

  1. Participant at the Cambridge Conference on Electoral Democracy in the Commonwealth at Trinity College, Cambridge University, England 2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016 and 2017;

  1. Elected member of the Commonwealth Electoral Network (CEN) steering Committee to represent Eastern Africa in Toronto 2010, and elected Chairperson of the CEN Steering Committee in June 2014 in Nairobi;

  1. Participant at the International Conference on Electoral best practices in Voter Registration, Bucharest Romania, 2014;

  1. Participant at an International Conference on the use of Technology in Elections in Batumi, Georgia in 2015;

  1. Participant at the Biennial Conference of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) in Seoul, South Korea in November 2012 and Dominican Republic, August 2015.

  1. Resource person at the Annual General Conference of the SADEC ECF in Kinshasa, Congo where I presented a paper on independence of electoral commissions and electoral commissioners-the Kenyan experience.

  1. Election Observer for the African Union to the Angola general elections in August 2017.

HOBBIES:

Working with people in a multi-disciplinary and multi-racial environment

Travelling and learning about other cultures.

Reading biographies, memoirs, leadership books, watching movies comedy shows.

Playing soccer, volleyball and table tennis.

REFEREES:

1.Hon. Justice Mohammed K. Ibrahim

Judge Supreme Court of Kenya

P. O Box 30041  

Tel: +254 724 264 410

Email: m.k.Ibrahim.m1@gmail.com

NAIROBI, KENYA

2.Dr. Anil Seal

Director, Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust,

Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre,

c/o Trinity College, Cambridge University

CB2 ITQ

Tel: +44(0)1223(7)48738/39/40

Email:as119@cam.ac.uk; anil.seal@admin.cam.ac.uk

Mobile: 0792 998 3253

3.Eng. Mahboub Maalim

Executive Secretary

IGAD

Tel: 253 354 050/352 880

Tel. of IGAD Kenyan Liaison Office –

+254 20 444 1873/4

Mobile: +254 0720 726262

Email: mahboub.maalim@igad.int

DJIBOUTI

4. Prof. Wanjiku Nyokabi Kabira

Professor of Literature and Convenor, African Women Studies Centre

University of Nairobi

P. O. Box 30197

Tel: +254 318262, Ext. 28075/2807-

Mobile: +254 0728 907 978

Email: wkabira@yahoo.com; wkabira1@gmail.com

NAIROBI, KENYA

5. Prof.Githu Muigai

Professor of Law

Attorney General of Kenya

STATE LAW OFFICE

SHERIA HOUSE, NAIROBI

Tel: +254 722 444 555

+254 712 178 788

Email: Githu.muigai@gmail.com

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