The Chairman of the Board of CHDA, who is also the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya, Dr. Mzalendo N. Kibunjia (right) has appointed Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro as the Interim Director of CHDA effective 11th June 2015. Mr. Okwaro, who has previously been the Programs Coordinator at CHDA since 2009, replaces Ms. Aisha Fadhil Ali, who now heads the Conservation Department of the National Museums of Kenya at Fort Jesus.
Mr. Okwaro has worked in the Heritage Sector in different capacities since 1991. He has worked as Education Officer, as Senior Curator in charge of Meru Museums and as Head/Coordinator of Education Programs in the National Museums of Kenya.
Between January 2007 and May 2009, Mr. Okwaro acted as the Executive Director of AFRICOM, the International Council for African Museums, a non-governmental, autonomous and pan-African organization of museums, created in October 1999 by leaders of African Heritage Institutions and based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Okwaro holds a Bachelor of Education (Botany/Zoology) Degree from Kenyatta UniversityNairobi (1988). He has a Certificate in Arts and Culture Management from the University of Witwatersrand(1998) and another Certificate in Museology acquired through a JICA sponsored training (Intensive Course in Museology) from the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan (2005).
He had a comprehensive exposure to and developed competence in the area of management development through a three year programme he was involved in between 2000 and 2002, under the auspices of the Swedish-African Museums Network (Samp), where he was part of the team developing new structures and systems to run the organization for the future. He has used these skills effectively, developing museum/heritage colleagues both in Africa and internationally, especially in the area of project design and management.