PETER OKWARO – INTERIM DIRECTOR
Mr. Okwaro has worked in the Heritage Sector in different capacities since 1991. He worked as Education Officer in Kisumu Museum for six years and as Curator in charge of Meru Museum for seven years.
In 2002, he moved to Nairobi Museum, the Headquarters of the National Museum of Kenya, and was assigned duties in the office of the then Assistant Director in charge of Regional Museums, but attached to the then on-going EU funded reorganization project, the National Museums of Kenya Support Programme (NMK-SP), then still in the process of developing work plans for its project implementation.
In the year 2004, he moved back to Education Department, this time as Acting Head/Coordinator of Education Programmes, charged with the responsibility of developing policies and strategies for education programming within the whole of NMK, and to coordinate, monitor and lead the same to successful implementation.
From 2007, Mr. Okwaro has been acting as the team leader at the secretariat of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM), until his current posting to CHDA.
Mr. Okwaro holds a Bachelor of Education (Botany/Zoology) Degree from Kenyatta University-Nairobi (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 quite effectively, developing his museum/heritage colleagues both in Africa and internationally, especially in the area of project design and management.
Mahmud Ahmed Mohamed – ACCOUNTANT
Mr. Mahmud has worked with accounts in the National Museums of Kenya and in various capacities for many years. He worked as an Accounts Clerk for Fort Jesus Museum until 1997. Then as an Accounting Assistant for Fort Jesus Projects, which he left in 2007 when he became Accounting and Supplies assistant for CHDA. In 2008, he was Accountant for Gede Museums, as well as Accountant for Kipepeo Community project until October 2011, when he moved back to Mombasa as Accountant for both CHDA and Fort Jesus Museums projects, a position he still holds to-date.
He holds a diploma in Accounting and Finance in Business Management and another Diploma in Business Economics and Commerce.
Salma Salim.M – FRONT OFFICE LADY / SECRETARY
This young lady was first employed by the National Museums of Kenya as a switchboard operator in 2011. Currently, she is working as the Front Office Manager/Secretary at CHDA on secondment by National Museums of Kenya.
Edward Yama Kusuwa – CARE TAKER
Dorothy Chipo Madamba- INTERN (April to June 2013)
Has a Bachelors degree (Hons) in Forestry Resources and Wildlife Management with National University of Science and technology (NUST), Zimbabwe. She worked for four years as ecologist and Wildlife Education Officer for Chipangali Wildlife Trust, Currently employed by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe as Curator of Entomology at the Natural History Museum and also an Intern at Center for Heritage Development in Africa, Mombasa.
Ranya Mohammed – INTERN (March- May 2014)
The Center for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) intern’s for 2014 is Ms. Ranya Mohammed a young Egyptian professional based at The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MSA). She has been working in a number of World Heritage sites management projects in Egypt, and she is a member of the International Organizations for Cultural Heritage Administration. She will be at CHDA in Mombasa on a three months internship under the World Heritage Convention’s Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting Programme.