Jonah is the Director, Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre
He is also a Practicing Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, holds an LLM in Oil & Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen.
Has had years of experience in Constitutional Law, civil litigation, and commercial law concerning the extractives Industry.
He has presented several papers as pertains to the extractive industry.



Assistant Programs Officer

Michelle S. Mwambela is SEIC’s Assistant Programs Officer. Michelle is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has also attended a training by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Introduction to Arbitration and ADR, and is currently awaiting registration as an Associate Member. Michelle has managed several projects in the extractives industry including the 3rd Mining 4i Event, Kenya Local Content Exchanges etc. She has a keen interest in the Extractives Industry.



Research Associate

James is a Research Associate at SEIC. He holds a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is an accomplished legal professional with extensive experience in research in many areas of law, including environmental law, oil and gas, alternative dispute resolution, international human rights, and land. He believes that the future of Kenya lies in the extractive industry. He, therefore, intends to delve more into the extractive sector issues, particularly corporate social responsibility and human rights.


Expert Advisor on Programs

Melba is the current Director of the Extractives Baraza, formerly known as the Information Centre for Extractives Sector (ICES), based at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. The Extractives Baraza is an advocacy-neutral public platform that promotes knowledge, transparency and evidence-based stakeholder dialogue on the extractives sector in Kenya. Its ultimate goal is to enhance citizen participation in the governance of Kenya's extractives sector. The platform is currently funded through the Kenya Extractives Program ("KEXPRO") managed by Oxford Policy Management.


Previously, Melba was the (Founding) Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC).  Melba has substantive experience working with various governmental and non-governmental institutions locally and internationally in the areas of legal research, public participation, community engagement strategies, and access to justice for women. She has carried out a variety of research initiatives on transparency, good governance & sustainability of the extractives sector. Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Law) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and is admitted to practice as an attorney at the New York State Bar.


International Program Manager

Dr. Eduardo G. Pereira is the International Program Manager of Extractives Resource Governance under SEIC.

Eduardo has been active in the oil and gas industry for several years and is an international expert on joint operating agreements. His experience in this area – both academic and practical – is extensive. Dr. Pereira has practical experience in over 40 jurisdictions covering South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He concluded his doctoral thesis on oil and gas joint ventures at the University of Aberdeen.


Eduardo since joining SEIC in December 2016, has managed to get SEIC involved in collaborative book projects throughout Africa and globally. Additionally Eduardo has managed to raise funds for SEIC’s CSR project, which in turn has become a SEIC led Africa project that seeks to develop a compendium of best practices throughout the world with a comparison on local initiatives. Eduardo has been active in the oil and gas industry for several years and is an international expert on joint operating agreements. His experience in this area – both academic and practical – is extensive. Dr. Pereira is the author and editor of several leading oil and gas textbooks, articles and academic publications.


Extractives Baraza staff – for more information go to

  1. Mohamed Ruwange
  2. Geoffrey Kerecha
  3. Edwin Kimani
  4. Laura Muniafu
  5. John Mucheke

Contact Details

Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale
P.O. Box 59857 00200
City Square, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel.: +254 (0) 703 034 601/604
Fax: +254 (0) 703 034 000/300