The Institute of Environment and Water Management is governed by a Board of Directors that oversee its operations including its finance management and the Secretariat (headed by the Executive Director and charged with the day to day operations, management and administration).

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Our Team


Annabell Waititu – Executive Director

Annabell Waititu brings to the organisation a distinguished 20-year career in the water and environment sector in East Africa, particularly in the areas of water sector reforms, gender equality mainstreaming and climate resilience integration.

She has consulted with institutions such as the Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation, UN Women, World Bank-Water and Sanitation Program, as well as many international donors and development partners. She has also consulted on leading sector initiatives including Water for African Cities, the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Training and Capacity Building program, the Nile Basin Initiative and the Kenyan 2002 water sector reforms and implementation, among others.

She is currently the Chair of the largest water and sanitation network in Kenya (KEWASNET) and is a Felllow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusettes, Boston. Annabell is an Associate of WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management) where she works with communities and County Governments on climate resilient development planning.


Elijah Kimani – Deputy Director

Elijah Kimani is a Social Economist with over 12 years experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Participatory Development and Education, Gender Analysis and Framework Skills and Research. He has worked closely with community groups, public sector agencies, county government and peer civil society organizations to design, plan and implement projects. Elijah is the Deputy Director and is in charge of designing and coordinating development programs in the organisation. He is currently coordinating the implementation of several projects in WASH, livelihood and disaster risk reduction sectors.


Rudolf Makhanu – Programmes Director

Rudolf Makhanu is a Natural Resources management expert with over 14 years hands on experience in projects design and implementation. He has vast experience in Watershed management and has coordinated implementation of diverse climate change related projects at national level  in partnership with Civil Society organizations, government agencies and private sector . He brings on board valuable skills on Resource Mobilization, policy advocacy and partnerships strengthening. He is currently Programs Director.


Marlene Achoki – Project Coordinator

Ms. Marlene Achoki is a trained Environmental Scientist with expertise in the field of Climate Change. She is in charge of facilitating and coordinating the Adaptation Learning and Advocacy Project in Kenya to increase the advocacy and lobbying capacity of the civil society organizations through capacity building, trainings, documenting good case studies and policy briefs from communities with supported community-based adaptation experiences to climate change.

Shelmith Wachira – Project Officer

Shelmith Wachira – Project Officer

Shelmith Wachira has a background in Environmental Planning and Management and Project Management. She is passionate about climate change adaptation, environmental conservation, gender, community development and promoting sustainable development. Shelmith is the Project Officer (Climate Change, Environmental Management and Community Development). She is in charge of performing research in water, sanitation and climate change adaptation and community development projects.