Who We Are
Angi Yoder-maina, ceo
Peacebuilding practitioner, post-conflict development and governance expert with a focus on capacity development, strategy development, and institutional strengthening. Angi has 20+ years experience in peace-building and governance activities, including many years of experience leading programming in sub-Sahara Africa.
For the last four years Angi has been working in collaboration with local partners creating opportunities for people in Somalia, Ehtiopian, S. Sudan and Kenya at the local level to learn about the impacts of trauma, begin to heal and come together as a community to plan community-wide activities and structures to support further healing, reconciliation and ultimately a comprehensive national approach to social healing.
In Somalia she worked with the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs to make social healing a foundational aspect of a new National Framework for Local Governance. Angi is an advisor to the Wajir Peace University Trust.
TECLA NAMACHANJA WANJA
Tecla is a holder of a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (2008-2013). She attained an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg Virginia, USA (2001-2003). She has certificates in peace keeping and human rights from the United Nations International Courses (UN-IC) offered by the UN University in Tokyo, Japan (June 2003). She also holds a Diploma in Social Development Work from Embu Development Institute, Kenya (1989-1991).
She currently directs a social healing and reconciliation program under Green String Network. She was one of the Commissioners of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC-Kenya). Namachanja served the commission in the acting position as a chairperson from 2nd November 2010 to 27th February 2012. She steered TJRC amidst challenges and controversies for 18 months to the successful completion of its term and mandate.
She previously worked as a relief and rehabilitation coordinator for victims of 1991/1992 ethnic/land clashes under the Catholic Diocese of Bumgoma, as a National Coordinator for Peace and Development Network (PEACE Net), and as an in-house Consultant in Peace Building and Post Conflict Reconstruction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Eastern and Southern Africa.
She studied and facilitated trainings at Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Osaka (Japan), Arusha (Tanzania), UN University (Japan), Les Aspen Center for Government (USA), UNAMIS (Sudan), International Peace Academy (USA), Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany), The Hague (Netherlands), UN Commission on Status of Women (USA), Cumberland (UK), Helsinki (Finland), Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
Globally, she is one of the women nominees for the 1,000 women for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Nationally, she is one of the three women in Kenya recognized as having been Pillars of Peace in intervening in Kenya’s 1991-92 and 1997 Ethnic Clashes.