Meet more members of the team who work at IDIA...
IDIA has a team of highly qualified and dedicated personnel who make every effort to realize the needs of various clients and the communities they serve.
The company is a great place to work if you want to get to the next frontiers of knowledge and impact the world in new ways so as to add value to society. We are also backed by some of the smartest investors in the industry.
These are the people we would like you to be acquainted with here:
Dr. Charles Oyaya
Dr. Oyaya is the Executive Director of International Development Institute – Africa (IDIA) and also serves on the board of directors. He is a Governance, Health and Development Planning and Public Policy specialist.
His unassailable insights and astute leadership qualities have propelled IDIA to become a behemoth in the knowledge industry. From South Africa all the way to Ethiopia and cutting through diverse disciplines, Dr. Oyaya's stewardship of IDIA has enabled the organization to gain a stellar reputation in Africa. His compassion towards others has enabled him to cross several borders within Kenya and internationally to undertake studies and work out solutions that bring about development.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (2012), a Master of Arts degree in Health Management, Planning and Policy from University of Leeds (1995), a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (1993), a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) (Hons) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (1991) and a Certificate in International Policy Advocacy, School of International Training, World Learning, Vermont, USA (1997).
Dr. Oyaya has over 20 years experience in public health spanning development planning, urban and regional planning, urban policy, land use planning, program planning, planning law water policy, monitoring and evaluation, research, policy analysis and development, health policy, planning and management, social policy and protection, constitutional law and governance, institutional development and change management, decentralization and devolved governance, poverty analysis and HIV/AIDS. Other areas of experieince include health systems development, fundraising and resource mobilization, peace building and conflict resolution, strategic planning, organizational change management, operational research including needs assessments, baseline surveys and monitoring and evaluations, governance, devolved governance, constitutional law and law reforms and institutional development among others in the horn of Africa as well as eastern and Southern Africa. He has carried out consultancy assignments for various governments and leading national and international agencies.
Dr. Oyaya’s previous role as a research and drafting specialist at the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) gives him a deep appreciation and understanding of the governance, human rights and rights based approaches to service delivery. Dr. Oyaya has provided services to Non-Governmental Organizations, International agencies and public sector institutions in eastern Africa, the horn of Africa as well as Southern Africa.
His current roles at the International Development Institute - Africa (IDIA) and the Great Lakes University of Kisumu involve a unique mix of academic, programmatic, senior management, research and consultancy responsibilities and leadership. Dr. Oyaya is able to work with professional teams and communities from diverse technical and cultural backgrounds.
Mr. Paul Mbanga is one of the leading lights in the field of Public Health and research in the region. He has done this work with various organizations in Kenya spanning the ministry of health, Faith based organizations and local and international organizations.
Mr. Mbanga is a PhD student at the UNiversity of Kwazulu Nata in South Aftica. He also holds two master degrees; the first in Community health & Development (Thesis on: Social Support Systems for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Informal Settlements, Kisumu, Kenya). His second masters degree is in Organizational Leadership (MOL) (Thesis on: Social Audit of the Role of the Religious Organizations in Conflict Transformation in Nairobi, Kenya). These notable academic achievements are among other important qualifications relevant to the job at hand.
Currently he is the Executive Director Training, Research and Consulting with IDIA in health and development. Prior to that, he worked as the Country Director of Life In Abundance-Kenya (LIA). He was also the technical Advisor for John Snow Inc. (JSI) under the New Partners Initiative (TA-NPI) – CDC-PEPFAR-USIAD.
To share deeper into his experience, Mr. Mbanga also worked as the Capacity Building Manager at Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS), which is a faith- based organization involved in capacity building and distribution of essential drugs including PEPFER funded ARV drugs and medical supplies to mission, NGO and public health institutions. He worked with MEDS since 2006. In this docket he successfully managed a two-year training program funded by PEPFAR. During the period he was at MEDS, Mr. Mbanga also worked as a Human Resource and Admin manager. In this role, he presided over a staff policy manual development, high staff motivation and above all positive lessons in teamwork and responsive ethical leadership.
Emily Wanja Kaburu
The ever so radiant Ms. Kaburu works as an Associate consultant/ Executive Programme coordinator for IDIA. There is never a dull moment with Ms. Kaburu in the room, a factor attributed to her charming personality and masterful social skills.
She is a Master of Science graduate in Health Systems Management from Kenya Methodist University. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Kenyatta University (2010). After successfully completing her course work and thesis in July 2016, she incorporated more impetus into her work.
Ms. Kaburu is a conscientious individual who works hard, pays attention to detail, multi tasks, and works with minimal supervision. She is flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn. She has experience in community health and development, Community Based Health Information System, Monitoring and Evaluation, capacity building, facilitation, development of training/ policy documents, logistics, research, planning, report writing, programme management, data management, research methods and consultancy.
Ms. Kaburu has worked for Ministry of Health Kenya, Division of Community Health Services (DCHS), Community Health Information unit (CHIS) as a volunteer, Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) as a Field coordinator in community health strategy and data clerk, CDMC consultants, research facilitator, Bio-LaKceri Diagnostics & Medical Co, production assistant and at the Aga-Khan University Hospital as an attaché.
Michael Owor is a guy who wears many different hats at IDIA, but his major role is that of an ICT Coordinator. Easy going and energetic are some of the adjectives you might use to describe Mr. Owor, but most of all he is relied upon as a fixer. In IDIA parlance, he is sometimes referred to as “archangel.”
Mr. Owor is in charge of IDIA’s IT department. He also trains students in ICT (diploma course and packages) while at the same time involving himself in consultancy work. When it comes to consultancy assignments, he is usually in charge of data management which involves the supervision of collection, entry and analysis of raw data.
He loves learning which is why you will often find him with a book and a cup of tea on the side to get him through the chapters. He enjoys a variety of subjects which range from philosophy to quantum physics. On most weekends he is usually outdoors, be it travelling to new places, hiking, or camping. Generally he enjoys things that challenge him be it physically or intellectually and push him out of his comfort zone.
Mr. Owor also enjoys listening to music and occasionally reading good poetry. He tries to live his life governed by one main principle originated by Geoffrey William Griffins, who said “If you are given a coffee cup to wash, wash it better than it has ever been washed before,” which is in line with IDIA’s principle of going beyond the call duty. He also draws inspiration from Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist who once said “For me, I am driven by two principles, know more today about the world than you knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
Bryan Tumwa is the Knowledge Management and Research Lead at IDIA. He has more than seven years experience in research, communication and knowledge management. Bryan loves communication in all its forms, more so writing and articulating ideas and concepts. This is therefore why it comes as no surprise that he has written, proofread and edited hundreds of articles for the mainstream media in Kenya as well as private blogs. Having worked for a research and consultancy firm, Bryan reinforced his analytical, negotiation, organizational and writing skills through hands- on experience in project execution. His research project experience cuts across community, national and international parameters and involved taking leadership in various components. He has authored dozens of proposals, data collection tools and project reports during his career.
Bryan is a very perceptive person and adapts to different kinds of environments quickly. He prefers to have deep conversations (which mostly involve listening) with interesting people who inspire. Oftentimes these conversations happen with authors he interacts with through the books he reads which enables him to view the world through their lenses.
Bryan studied Development Studies at masters level at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) as well as Media Science (B.Sc.) at Moi University. Some of the issues that he cares deeply about include civil rights and social action, science and technology and education.
Bryan has previously worked with Standard Media Group (2012- 2014), the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2009 Census), Classrooms for Schools Kenya (2008) and various online blogs. Through consultancy roles, he has provided services to numerous other organizations.
Bryan draws inspiration from former UN Secretary General Koffi A. Annan who stated: To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are, what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.