We are pleased to announce the election of new Board Members to serve for two years from 2021-2023. Dr. Jane Thuo will head the six-member Board deputized by Rachel Ombaka with Venter Nkatha as the new Board Treasurer. Jane Godia, Lilian Anyango and Cylia Kathambi will serve as Board Members.
The election results were announced by the AMWIK Elections Committee Chairperson, Jane Gitau following the conclusion of the online voting process on 20th November 2021. It was the first time for the Association to adopt online voting.
The incoming Chairperson, Dr. Jane Thuo thanked the members for their votes and called on those who lost to rally behind her to steer the Association to even greater heights. “I am personally delighted to be part of such a strong group of new Board Members. I look forward to serving with them in the coming years and raising the profile of the AMWIK brand.” She affirmed.
Conversely, The outgoing Chairperson, Dr. Dorothy Njoroge congratulated the incoming team and highlighted the gains made by the outgoing Board Members. She asked the members to accord them all the necessary support. “We have been able to turn around the fortunes of the Association, improve efficiency in the Secretariat and laid the foundation for the incoming team to lead us to the next chapter.” – She said
Throwing her weight behind the new team, AMWIK Executive Director, Judie Kaberia lauded all the aspirants and urged all stakeholders to join efforts and forge ahead to prosperity. “We look to the future with optimism and set our sights on working with the new Board Members while harnessing new ideas and expertise.” She assured.
AMWIK BOARD PROFILES:
The new Board Members will begin their two-year terms as soon as the official handover is completed in the coming days as stipulated in the AMWIK Constitution. Here is more information on the incoming team:
Dr. Jane Thuo has vast expertise and experience in the field of communications, gender and media. She is the former Executive Director of AMWIK (2007-2013), the outgoing Vice-Chairperson and a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
Rachel Ombaka is a seasoned editor, media trainer and public speaker who uses social media platforms to advocate for maternal health, gender equity and the safety of women journalists.
Cylia Kathambi is a communication’s practitioner with over 15 years of experience in communication strategy development, public and media relations and policy advocacy. She is the lead consultant at EKAR, a strategic communication agency.
Venter Nkatha has over 15 years of experience as a journalist and trainer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism where she specialized in Development Communication.
Jane Godia has over 20 years of experience as a journalist, editor and trainer. She is the Director at Women In News-Africa and a trustee at African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) Trust.
Lilian Anyango is an experienced communications specialist in research, event management, administration, Public Relations and media relations.