Makena Mwobobia is a development programmer with 20+ years of progressive experience in programme development, policy formulation, campaigns and advocacy and people management.
She has a strong track record of working on women rights and has delivered programs that have addressed violence against women and girls, leadership and economic justice. Makena is a founder member and was instrumental in the establishment of Sauti ya Wanawake (Women’s Voices) in Kenya, a local movement that fights for rights of women and girls in Kenya. She has supported the establishment of various farmers initiatives across Kenya. These initiatives gave rise to fundamental changes in the management of agricultural production leading to increase in production for farmers and more importantly, led to the emergence of women leadership, their occupying strategic spaces and their access and control of the productive resources at individual and agency level.
Makena was Executive Director of ActionAid Kenya for three years until April 2020; prior to that she was their Head of Programmes and Policy and worked with ActionAid for a total of 17 years. As Executive Director she was responsible for leading and inspiring a strong workforce to deliver on the organisation’s strategy.
She chaired ActionAid’s Humanitarian Platform which brought together 35+ countries within the ActionAid Federation and helped them to network, engage with the humanitarian agenda and bring learning and external engagement to shape ActionAid’s politics.
Makena served as a board member of the Core Humanitarian Standards Alliance an alliance of 200+ humanitarian organisation that network for learning and exchanging experiences to improve the delivery of the humanitarian response across the globe. Makena holds a degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University, USA and has professional qualifications in development programming, people management and gender learning. She is a trainer, a mentor and an enabler of communities and especially women living in poverty and exclusion to access justice and equity as well as unlock their potential.