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


Elijah Kimani – Executive Director

Elijah Kimani has over 17 years’ experience in designing and coordinating community development programs, policies, water, livelihood, development and disaster management programs. He has worked closely with community groups, public sector agencies; local government and peer civil society organizations to design and plan projects. Elijah has gained years of proven experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Fundamentals of Participatory Development and Education, Gender Analysis and Framework Skills. He has vast experience in Research Methodologies and Skills for: Project Planning; Strategic Planning; Data Analysis and Reporting; Training/Facilitation Skills; Needs Assessment and Priority Setting Processes including Training Needs Assessment, Communication and Leadership; Trust and Team Building; Public-Private Partnership Linkages; Workshop Organization, Report Writing and Projects Implementation. He has built years of career as a social development specialist. Elijah is in charge of designing and coordinating development programs in the organization. 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.

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.