Board Members

Board Members

In our efforts to full opera7onalize our board we embarked on an exercise to iden7fy and recruit a diverse group of individuals who will provide oversight and steer Ishtar MSM to the next level in HIV, MSM programming. By the end of 2014 we had a full board of 5 members. One community member, a public health expert, a finance expert, a lawyer and a programmer from the donor world. Here is our board.

1. SOLOMON WAMBUA Programme Officer: Grant making and Capacity Support Solomon is a queer Kenyan working with LGBTI and SW communi7es in Eastern Africa and a believer of working towards societal equality of all persons in the community. Quo7ng "our oppressions and struggles are interconnected". Holding a BSc. in Food, Nutri7on and Diete7cs, he is pursuing a Post-graduate diploma in Project Management. The two areas of study have enabled him to work in an environment that is both formal and informal, bridging learning from all sectors.

2. MS. RUTH NJAMBI KIMANI (MA) is a social and health communica7on prac77oner. She has 9 years experience in the health and social sectors with donor agencies and non-governmental organiza7ons. She is an expert in strategic behavior communica7on in the area of social development, youth and health, par7cularly SRHR and HIV. She has been engaged in various advocacy efforts, policy dialogue with Na7onal and Interna7onal agencies on social and health issues for youth, girls, women, sexual and gender minori7es. Ac7vely engaged in the design of USAID APHIA II Ri: Project, CDC/NPI SHAP Project, USAID APHIA*PLUS* Kamili.projects and managed their
implementa7on at county level.

3. JOHN PAUL OTOLO is an Associate Finance and Business Development consultant at Berma Accountants. Otolo has a B.Sc. Interna7onal Business Administra7on from USIU, majoring in Accoun7ng. He is also a Cer7fied Public Accountant (CPA). Otolo joined HOPE worldwide Kenya (An NGO that’s champions HIV preven7on in Kenya and Eastern Africa) in 2004 from ITS Consul7ng Ltd where he was the Finance and Administra7ve Manager. He has a vast experience in the financial world where his exper7se include internal audi7ng, external audi7ng, financial management systems, internal controls, budge7ng, budget control, financial repor7ng, tax advisory and corporate
finance.

4. MAUREEN MILANGA is a Health GAP/AIDS Law Project Fellow working in Kenya to influence the region by campaigning to win increased access to treatment, improve outdated HIV treatment policies and mobilize civil society to demand and game changing new generic AIDS drugs faster. Maureen's background is in law and human rights, and brings to Health GAP her experience at a private law firm as well as with NGOs working to provide legal services to widows and orphans living in IDP camps displaced by elec7on-related violence. Maureen worked with partners to successfully free up hundreds of millions in U.S. funds that had been stuck in PEPFAR's "pipeline" to
introduce lifelong ART for all pregnant women in Kenya and con7nues to work to increase civil society involvement to more effec7vely make demands of the Government of Kenya, PEPFAR and the Global Fund to scaleup of ART in Kenya.

5. FELIX KIPRONO is a lawyer based in and opera7ng from Nairobi. In 2013 he led a landmark pe77on that aimed at hal7ng the implementa7on of laptop programme in Kenya and won big 7me before Jus7ce Sila Munyao of Environmental and Land Division of the High court of Kenya. In 2014, he staged a landmark case to determine whether president Uhuru KenyaTa`s handing over of power to Deputy president William Ruto amounted to resigna7on.