Our Team

Our Team

Katiba Institute is led by an inclusive team that is passionate about using the constitution as an instrument of change and is committed to protecting and defending the rule of law.

Ayesa Makatiani, provides  Financial, Administrative and logistical support to the smooth running of the organization. She is currently Pursuing an MBA -Strategic Management and Human Resource at USIU-A. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Business Administration and Management) from Daystar University and  CPA  section 4 with years of experience in accounting, auditing, Human Resource Management from various organizations. Her approach is to promote knowledge based decision making by providing appropriate practical policy advisory services to the institution.


Christine Nkonge holds a Masters degree in law from Central European University; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with diverse experience including in criminal justice, gender-based violence, and children rights. Her interest in constitutionalism began through her work within the criminal justice system and the systemic shortcomings that she observed which she believes could have been addressed by fidelity to the constitution. She believes that Katiba Institute’s work will assist in entrenching in our society and public institutions, the importance of respect of the constitution and rule of law which are the cornerstone of any thriving democracy. At Katiba Institute she works as Litigation and Research Counsel.


Christine Njeru-Kuria coordinates the programmatic and administrative activities of the organization. She holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the former University of Central England (UK) (currently Birmingham City University) and a bachelor in law from the University of Leeds (UK). Her previous assignments were with the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) as a Senior Programme officer and Human Rights Officer respectively.


Emily Kinama is a research and litigation associate at Katiba Institute. She holds a Masters (International Law) degree and a Bachelor of laws degree from the University of Pretoria.  She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Professionally, Emily has gained work experience in government and academia.  She has a passion for human rights law and social justice and has published journal articles on issues related to access to justice, cultural rights and women’s rights. She enjoys public interest litigation, working with communities and is currently undertaking work related to constitutional law, socio-economic rights, urban planning and land use as well as the rights of forest dwelling people.


Jackson Kiberenge, is our Finance Assistant he is a CPA(K)  holder and currently pursuing his Bachelor Degree in Finance and Accounting at Strathmore University.


Jill Cottrell Ghai, has been a Professor of law in numerous universities, including Ife and Ahmadu Bello Universities in Nigeria, Warwick University and University of Hong Kong. She also has extensive experience in advising on constitutions, including in Kenya, Nepal and Iraq.


Nyabira Ben Christopher, works as a Programme Officer at Katiba Institute. He received his Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and his Bachelors in Economics and History from Egerton University, Kenya. He has a special interest in multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems and has done some writing in this regard,including a chapter on ‘Kenya’s emerging judicial interpretation of public participation and the devolved system of government’ in a soon to be published book, Animating Devolution: The Role of the Judiciary and his paper on, ‘The state of political inclusion of ethnic communities under Kenya’s devolved system’. He has also, most recently, co-written a paper on the unconstitutionality of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). He is currently writing a pluralism paper on ‘State Services and Inclusion in Kenya’. Previously, he did University based research projects for the University of Pretoria and the University of the Western Cape as a researcher on the freedom of information laws and public participation respectively and interned for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Nairobi. Ben is passionate about contributing to better governance, respect for human rights, inclusive society, peace and security and regional integration.


Lempaa Suyianka, is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. His Academic Achievements include a masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex(2011), an LLB of the University of London(2007), PostGraduate Diploma in Mass Communications, University of Nairobi(2001) and a BEd Arts Kenyatta University(1999). He has in the past worked as a High School teacher, a Journalist of the High Court of Kenya and lecturer Media Law and Ethics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology. Lempaa has been a leading public interest litigator and advocate. Apart from being multidisciplinary, Lempaa is also multilingual with a working experience in five languages. He has been involved in the high profile public litigation cases. He is an an Alumni of four universities despite a beneficiary of Ford Foundation fellowship in 2010, 2011 programme.


Lulu Kavoi,is our Executive and  Administrative Assistant at Katiba Institute,She gives Administrative support to the Organization. She has previously worked as an Administrative Assistant with the Development Policy and Management Forum (DPMF) – a regional policy and management think tank.She is currently Pursuing  Higher Diploma in Human Resource management at Institute of Human Resource Management.


Waikwa Wanyoike, is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He practices constitutional law as a public interest litigator and appears regularly at the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Kenya on groundbreaking constitutional matters. Waikwa has advised government and non-governmental agencies on constitutional implementation and policy reforms. He also appears regularly as a resource person during the trainings organized for Judges and Magistrates by the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI). Previously, Waikwa practiced law in Toronto, Canada with an emphasis on criminal, immigration and refugee law, human rights and constitutional law. Waikwa holds a J.D. from Queen’s University in Canada. He previously studied at Kenyatta University and York University (Canada). He has taught Advocacy (Refugee and Immigration law) at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters on diverse topics on the constitution.


Yash Pal Ghai, is the former chair of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, with many years of advising on constitutions, including in a number of countries including Iraq, Nepal, Papua New Guinea. He was the Sir Y K Pao Professor of Public Law at the University of Hong Kong until the end of 2006.