James MuraguriFounder & CEO
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 non profit think-tank that pursues the ideals of open public finance through training, research and capacity strengthening. He is also a member of the International advisory group of Public Finance by Women, a non profit foundation working to promote true gender equality and equal career opportunities for women working in public finance and a founding board member of People Powered, a global hub for participatory democracy.
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 lead consultant for Kenya on the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the world’s only independent, comparable measure of budget transparency, participation, and oversight.
James has engaged widely on the impact of public revenue allocation on society with citizens and interest groups, elected representatives and subnational governments, INGOs and civil society organisations. He is currently the Public Finance lead consultant for USAID funded Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced (PACE) for Population and Reproductive Health implemented by Population Reference Bureau in Kenya and in 2018-19 led a budget study on reproductive health in Kenya for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW). James is also leading the development of Annual Fiscal Analytic Snapshot for Kenya which provides key fiscal data of Kenya’s economy.
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.
James frequently appears in Kenyan national broadcast and print media as an expert analyst on government budgets and public finance management, fiscal accountability and transparency, and funding of healthcare, education and social programmes.