Mithika J. Mwenda.
Executive Director & Secretary to the Continental Executive Board (CEB)
Mithika Mwenda has extensive experience of working in climate change policy advocacy. Previously he worked as the Climate Change Officer with the All Africa Conference of Churches and Climate Network Africa. Before this, he worked and volunteered in numerous Governance and human rights and Democracy organizations in Kenya that opened democratic space and respect for human rights. His leadership skills were honed at Moi University where he was the Vice-Chairman for the Students Union. He was a Co-Convener of the National Convention Executive Council in 2000s, which premiered and spearheaded the agitation for the new constitution of Kenya, 2010. He has founded several community-based initiatives which have transformed peoples’ lives.
Mithika is a holder of MSC in Public Policy Analysis from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, BA in Education (English Literature) from Moi University in Kenya and Post-graduate training on Globalisation and Social Transformation from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He is currently a PHD candidate at the prestigious University of Witwatersrand, School of Governance, where he is investigating deeper meaning of climate justice in Africa.
He is widely published and has travelled widely to offer motivational speeches to many countries and institutions in the world. A French Magazine named him one of the 50 most Influential people in Africa in 2015 due to his work on environmental, climate justice and human rights. A Swedish organization, Diakonia, named him one of the Change Makers in its work in 2014 due to the role he played in founding PACJA, which has emerged as the most influential organization in Climate Justice Discourse in the world.
Mithika currently chairs the Institutional Collaboration Partnership (ICP) of the Climate Research for Development in Africa (CR4D), and also represents civil society in the Steering Committee for Climate and Development for Africa Program (ClimDev). He was also recently elected once again as the Chair of Southern CSOs Observers to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank. He also serves in several other African and global leadership positions representing Africa.