Cedric Barnes is the RVI Director of Research and Communications. He was formerly Horn of Africa Project Director at International Crisis Group, Senior Research Analyst with the Africa Research Group at the Africa Directorate of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a research fellow at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. He has taught on the RVI Horn of Africa course and been involved in the development of the Nairobi Forum project.
Staff of the Rift Valley Institute
Chris joined RVI in July 2016 as Director of Finance based in the London office. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). His experience of finance was largely developed in the commercial sector, working in retail and wholesale companies, followed by the Co-operative movement and the charity sector. His time in the charity sector took him initially to a small sight-loss charity based near London, then into Amnesty International and Merlin (Medical Relief International). Merlin merged with Save the Children in 2014, and Chris helped to see the merger through.
Natalie is the RVI Education Manager. Prior to joining RVI, Natalie completed a PhD in African History at Durham University in collaboration with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). At the FCO she worked as an analyst in the Africa Research Group, focusing on eastern Africa. She has an MPhil in African Studies and BA in Geography, both from the University of Cambridge.
Tymon Kiepe started working at the Rift Valley Institute in October 2012. He holds a BA Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
Connor Clerke started working with the Rift Valley Institute in February 2016. He holds a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Mark Bradbury is a social analyst with over 20 years’ experience in international development and humanitarian aid. He has worked in and written about Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, and Kosovo as a development worker and researcher. He is author of Becoming Somaliland (Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 2008). He was the RVI Regional Director for the Horn of Africa and East Africa from 2012–2016, and is the RVI Executive Director since January 2017.
Yassmin Mohamed is the RVI Projects Manager for the Horn of Africa and East Africa. Graduating from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in History and Anthropology, Yassmin has worked on various programmes in the UK and the Horn of Africa, including health systems strengthening, child protection, gender and nutrition.
Pauline Otieno Skaper joined RVI in April 2016 as Forum Manager. Pauline holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS) and an LLB from Birkbeck College, University of London. Pauline has worked on various programmes as a researcher and coordinator in the UK, East Africa and the Horn of Africa on reproductive health and rights, Violence (SGBV), Gender (understanding masculinities and their construction in relation to conflict) and Development.
Sylvia Kitema is the Finance Manager at the Rift Valley Institute, Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA-K) II degree.
Amina is a Project Officer at the Rift Valley Institute, Nairobi. She holds a BA in Development Communications from the University of Nairobi.
Richard joined RVI in February 2016, after working in the commercial sector for seven years as an accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Finance degree from Strathmore University, Nairobi, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Elizabeth Mahiri is the Programme Officer for Education at the Rift Valley Institute. Previously, Liz was the editor for Ghetto Mirror, a newspaper that focuses on social, political, and economic issues in informal settlements. She trained slum youth in journalistic writing and photography, and empowered them to design and produce high-quality media material. She holds a BA in International Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio.
Ambassador Thiik Giir Thiik has been a senior associate with the RVI since 2009. He works in the South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Great Lakes region.
Becu Thomas Alex is the RVI Programme Officer, South Sudan. He has nine years of experience with the South Sudan Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in the department of the South Sudan National Archive. He holds a BA in Social and Philosophical Studies from Makerere University in Uganda, a diploma in Public Administration from the University of Juba's School of Management Sciences and an MA in Humanitarian and Conflict Studies from the University of Juba's Centre for Peace and Development Studies.
Dr Adan Abokor was born in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and grew up in Aden, Yemen. He graduated from Warsaw Medical School, Poland, in 1976. He was the director of the Hargeysa Group Hospital in the early 80's and together with young professionals was arrested and imprisoned by Siad Barre's regime from 1981 to 1989. He was Country Representative for Progressio, a British NGO, from 1998 to 2012.