Ivy Kihara has been appointed the new Executive Director of PAWA 254, an artivist organization start by photojournalist Boniface Mwangi.
Her tour of duty started yesterday, October 1st. He takes over from Vincent Odhiambo who was unceremoniously fired by Boniface over their botched office acquisition. Vincent had taken over from Lynnette Micheni.
A lawyer by profession, Ivy has over 10 years’ experience as a human rights law working in Kenya.
Her most recent engagement was the East and Horn of Africa Representative for Protection International, an organization that strives to have an enabling environment where human rights defenders can continue to do their work safely through capacity building based on a developed manual, research and advocacy with duty bearers and stakeholders.
Ivy Kihara is a Board member of the African Great Lakes Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund.
She also represents all the Protection International Representatives from seven offices worldwide as a co-Chair of the Advisory Mechanism to the Protection International Board of Directors.
Ivy previously worked with InformAction, a Kenyan organization headed up by Maina Kiai (immediate former Special Rapporteur on the Freedoms of Assembly and Association) that uses documentaries as the main tool in its social justice activities.
She also worked with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute; a Swedish Academic and Capacity Building organization, and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
Ivy holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights and an LLB with Human Resource Management from Keele University, England.
She is a member of the Kenya Bar Association; Kenya Peace; Truth and Justice Network; Human Rights Education Associates; INPROL; INEEE and New tactics in Human Rights.
Ivy is a torchbearer for the Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation which strongly advocates for children with albinism to be interrelated into mainstream education systems. This saw her appointed to two schools Board of Management in Kiambu County in 2015; St. Andrews Secondary School in Ndenderu and Kiambaa Secondary School
In 2016 Ivy was invited to be a mentor in the Young African Leaders initiative.
She is passionate about education, setting up systems and structures and wishes to one day transition into working in government, she is committed to service to her community and recently began working with the Art of Music Foundation as a volunteer consultant -resource mobilization.
The foundation teaches and encourages children and the youth in underprivileged parts of Kenya to engage in learning to play musical instruments with an aim of changing their lives.
At a person level, Ivy is an avid reader, likes to cook, and enjoys listening and collecting music. She also enjoys walking and makes a habit of walking at night whenever she travels to countries where this is possible. Ivy being single with no children yet, she dotes on her two nephews and niece. She is seriously contemplating getting a Labrador retriever as she loves this breed of dogs.
It is the first time the organization’s Board chaired by Emmanuel Dennis Ng’ong’o has competitively recruited the Executive Director.