Africa’s Voices Foundation appoints new Executive Director

Africa's Voices Foundation new Executive Director Samuel Kimeu.
Africa's Voices Foundation new Executive Director Samuel Kimeu. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Africa’s Voices Foundation has announced the appointment of Samuel Kimeu as the firm’s new Executive Director.

Mr. Kimeu, the former Executive Director at Transparency International-Kenya, will replace outgoing Executive Director Dr. Sharath Srinivasan and he will be tasked with driving the firm’s growth and expansion in line with the firm’s mission to transform the way citizen voices are listened to and acted upon in decisions that affect their lives.

 “Dr Srinivasan has done a remarkable job in establishing that the evidence-based insights Africa’s Voices can provide to decision-makers are of significant contribution to their accountability to the people they serve. I am confident that Samuel Kimeu has the experience and ability to lead a fine team to extend the role Africa’s Voices can play in so many areas of social endeavour,” the firm’s Chair  and co- founder, Simon Cairns said in a statement.

On his part, the new Africa’s Voices Foundation Executive Director expressed enthusiasm in taking up the new role.

 “I will use my background in citizen engagement and governance reform to drive Africa’s Voices’ vision to place citizen voice right at the heart of better governance. Respect for human rights and the law has always been central to my work and I intend to bring this same approach to Africa’s Voices. I look forward to working with our partners to refine their impact by using powerful and novel tools to stimulate inclusive dialogue and gather opinions from marginalized communities. My vision is to place these methods at the disposal of decision-makers across the African continent within a couple of years,” the Africa’s Voices Foundation Executive Director said in a statement.

Africa’s Voices curates engaging discussions through interactive media and digital channels, enabling citizens, especially those most marginalised, to have their voices heard by decision-makers. They use innovative research and data analysis techniques to deliver robust, timely and actionable social evidence which strengthens the impact of development, humanitarian, and governance actors. 

Five years since it spun out of the University of Cambridge as an independent entity, Africa’s Voices is on a bold growth trajectory to listen to the voices of the citizens they serve and be more accountable to them.   By turning citizen voice into evidence that drives better decision-making, Africa’s Voices has over the past years amplified the voices of over 400,000 citizens in Somalia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Cape Verde on priorities ranging from public health, education and agriculture to local governance, tax justice and humanitarian programming. 

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