James Muraguri is a public finance practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. He is founder and CEO of the Institute of Public Finance Kenya (IPFK), a nonprofit think-tank that pursues the ideals of open public finance through training, research and capacity strengthening.
In addition to leading IPFK, James is part of its technical team, where he works to support communities to engage meaningfully with elected officials and civil servants on public expenditure and equity. An accountant by training and currently pursuing his Masters Education in Public Finance, he is the lead consultant for Kenya on the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the world’s only independent, comparable measure of budget transparency, participation, and oversight.
As an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, he is part of a global cohort of social- change leaders, policy-makers and researchers housed at the International Inequalities Institute in the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.
Wanjohi Ndirangu has extensive knowledge in public finance policies and advocacy on equity, citizen participation, and accountability. He has developed policy proposals to relevant institutions for policy change geared towards addressing gaps in public finance management.
Sandra Muchiri serves in the capacity of Lead Finance and Administration Officer at IPFK. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting and Finance Option) from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and CPA Part II.
When she is not playing with numbers, you may find her in another corner of the world excitedly fulfilling her passion for travel.
An Economist and Public Finance Management Specialist with over seven years’ experience teaching and conducting research in Public Financial Management and service delivery in social sectors particularly in Health, Agriculture, Social Protection and Gender Development.
Nyangi holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Health Economics and Policy at the University of Nairobi and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management at Kenyatta University
Reena Atuma is an Assistant Programme Officer at the Institute of Public Finance Kenya and spearheads the gender responsive budgeting programme. She has over three years’ experience in budget and policy analysis.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Information Technology from Maseno University, Certificate in Capacity Development from Diplo Foundation and a Certificate in Public Finance Management from International Monetary Fund. In addition, she is a YALI RLCEA fellow.
Samson or Sam as many call him at IPFK works in the position of a project accountant at the Finance and Administration department. He has ten years’ experience in financial management, operations management, leadership, and supervision.
Maryanne Wanjiku has hands-on experience in strengthening the capacity of citizens towards enhancing their ability to be part of government decision making process in the budgets both at the National and County level and as a result demand for improved service delivery.
Currently, she is working with the private sector who are the major contributors of taxes collected by the county governments to ensure those taxes match the services provided to them. She is also working on a project that seeks to enhance awareness by the citizens of the country’s debt accumulation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Marketing) and a Certificate in Public Finance Management (IMF).
Her mantra is, ‘If you do not ask, the answer will always be NO!’
Winnie Mageto is a trained economist with interest in Public Finance management. She has over 6 years specialized experience in teaching, conducting research in public finance Management, Health, Climate Change Revenue mobilization, Fiscal Decentralization, Agriculture, Public Debt among others.
She has an in-depth knowledge in Research and Publishing and has published a paper on ''Commercialization of sweet potatoes in Kenya'' in a peer reviewed journal. She has excellent data analytic skills as well as knowledge of analyzing data using Stata and SPSS.
Winnie holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Nairobi. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Nairobi.
Octaviah Wachira is responsible for driving the Data and Measurement Unit vision, strategy, and execution with a keen interest in public policy especially in development issues and investments for public good.
She strives to ensure to continuously improve the unit internal efficiencies through improved data structures, constant data cleanliness and insight, efficient data governance and process. Octavia has been instrumental in providing staff, departmental members, and executive management with reports on specific data findings and their impact on organizational growth and success.
Octaviah holds a bachelor's degree in Actuarial Science from Moi University, a Certificate in Public Financial Management from IMF and is highly skilled in data and statistical tools like Advanced Excel, SQL, and Python.