IPOA SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM


DR. JOEL MABONGA, PhD, M.Phil, B.Ed
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Joel Mabonga holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Management of Educational change) from Kenyatta University, a Master of Philosophy (Educational Administration) from Moi University, Bachelor Degree in Education from Kenyatta University and other Corporate Governance courses including Strategic Leadership, Executive Directorship (Strathmore University) and Quality Management Systems which focuses on business processes. Dr. Mabonga has extensive experience having served as Director Voter Education and Partnerships at (IEBC), Chief Examinations Manager and Lecturer.
MR. MAINA NJOROGE
Director, Business Services
Mr Njoroge holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Nairobi. He has attended the Senior Management Leadership Programme (SMLP) at Strathmore Business School (Strathmore University) and Antai College of Economics and Management (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China). He has attended several local, regional and international training courses in finance, management and strategic leadership. He has travelled extensively on official duties and training in countries across the world.
DIANA WATILA
Head, Complaints Management
Diana Watila is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Governance at the African Nazarene University. Diana is a Law graduate from the University of Nairobi and holds a post graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law and a certificate in Leadership and Integrity from the Central European University in Hungary. Diana has extensive experience in Human Rights and police reforms gained from working in the civil society sector. Prior to working with IPOA, Diana worked at International Commission of Jurists as a Program Officer and later at the Independent Medical Legal Unit.
MR. STEPHEN WETHEO MUSAU
Director, Inspections and Monitoring
Stephen holds an MA Human Rights and Conflict Management from the School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy). He also holds diplomas in International Law and Human Rights (University of Helsinki); Organisation Development and Management (Kenya Institute of Management) and Security in Peacekeeping Missions training at Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU-Vicenza, Italy). He also holds certificates in Peace Operations from School of Peace Operations (Netherlands); International Investigations; and a BA (Economics and Sociology Major) from Egerton University.
MR. ELEMA HALAKE
Director, Investigations
Elema holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Development studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He also has several Diplomas and Certificates to his credit. He is a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy graduate and has a graduate certificate in Criminal justice from FBI National Academy in Virginia, USA. Halake has also undertaken extensive investigation and intelligence trainings at International Law Enforcement Academy in Gaborone, Bostwana, Georgia and Roswell in USA besides National trainings in criminal Intelligence, investigation and prosecution at the CID training School and National Intelligence Service.
RHODA WAIRIOKO
Head, Human Capital
Rhoda is the Head of Human Capital at the Independent Policing Oversight Authority. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Management from United States International University, Bachelor of Business Management (Human Resource Management) from Moi University. She is a member of Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). Rhoda brings an invaluable management experience spanning more than ten (10) years and will be responsible for the strategic management and leadership of the Authority's Human Capital function.
RAPHAEL MWANIKI NJERU
Head, ICT
Mr Njeru holds a first-class Bachelor of Science in IT from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi, a Higher Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Technical University of Kenya. He has previously worked in various positions with Kenya Revenue Authority, Electoral Commission of Kenya, Ministry of Public Health &Sanitation and at a State Agency in the Security and Administration of Justice among others.
DENNIS DANSON OKETCH
Head, Communications and Outreach
Dennis, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and a National Diploma in Visual Arts and Communication from the Technical University of Kenya. He is awaiting graduation for a Master’s Degree in Communication from Moi University. Dennis has attended the Senior Management Course at the Kenya School of Government. He has spoken at forums in Sydney Australia and Kampala and travelled on official duties to South Africa and the United Arabs Emirates. Dennis is a member the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK).
COLONEL (RTD) JAMES K. CHEMIATI
Head, Security Services
Colonel James Chemiati is the current Head of Security Services Department. Colonel Chemiati has vast experience in the Security sector having previously worked with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). Colonel Chemiati’s experience encompassed both the local and international environment, having attended various security related training in the KDF, served as a Peace Keeper in Western Sahara under the United Nations and South African National War College as an International Directing staff Specialising in Peace Keeping Operations.
HASSAN KIDZUGA
Head, Risk & Audit
Hassan holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya, CPA (K), and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and a Certified Monitoring & Evaluation Expert. He has previously worked in various positions with Coast Water Services Board, Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust, NEMA, Action Aid International Kenya among others. He has also undertaken training in Financial management & Good Governance at the Danida Fellowship Centre - Denmark.
DENIS OMBUNA SIMON
Head, Inspections and Monitoring
Denis holds an MBA in strategic management from JKUAT and BA (sociology/public administration/political science) from the University of Nairobi. Before joining IPOA Denis worked in KWS as the Park Manager in Arabuko Sokoke National Park, Kilifi County. Denis brings in a wealth of experience spanning over 9 years in law enforcement, He has undertaken various professional trainings in Investigation from International Law Enforcement Academy (Gaborone Botswana). He has also udertaken training in China, on compliance and enforcement of international laws, environmental protection and climate change.
FREDRICK CHABARI
Head, Procurement
Fredrick holds an MSc in Procurement and Logistics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Option) from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS-UK), an Advanced Diploma in Purchasing & Supply from the UK, Diploma in Business Management from The University of Nairobi, among other professional qualifications. He is a member of The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (M.K.I.S.M) and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (M.C.I.P.S-UK).
EMMANUEL LAGAT
Head, Rapid Response and Forensic Services
Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Moi University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Africa Nazarene University. He has extensive experience in Forensics Ballistics and general investigations. He has had specialised training in Forensic Ballistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Academy in Quantico, Virginia in the United States of America and Disaster Victim Identification and Fingerprint by the Interpol in Lyone in France and Integrated Ballistics Identification System Course in Lyone. Locally, he has also attended FBI training in Crime Scene Management and also Crime Scene Management by the German Police. He has also done Advanced Investigations Course by the CID.
JEREMIAH ARODI
Head, Investigations
Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kenyatta University. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Egerton University. He has extensive experience in Forensics Crime Scene Management and general investigations. Jeremiah served for seven years in the National Police Service in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. He later joined the EACC where he worked in the Investigations Directorate for six years. Jeremiah has specialised training in Forensic Crime Scene Management by the FBI, Prevention Interdiction and Investigations on acts of Terrorism through the Terrorism Assistance Programme by United States of America Department of Justice. He has also attended FBI training in Crime Scene