Conference Participant Biographies
Day One Keynotes:
Deputy Ambassador of Sweden
Dr. Evan Kiprop Lagat, Deputy Director of the National Museum of Nairobi
Dr. Yash Pal Ghai is a Kenyan academic in constitutional law. He was the Chairman of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (which attempted to write a modern constitution for Kenya) from 2000 to 2004. Ghai has also advised and assisted NGOs on human rights law-related work. He drafted the Asian Human Rights Charter—A People's Charter, a project of the Asian Human Rights Commission.
Dr. Karega Munene is an anthropologist affiliated to United States International University in Nairobi. He holds PhD and MPhil degrees from University of Cambridge and BA (Hons) from University of Nairobi. His current research interests include human rights in relation to museums, dress and identity, building nationhood, and the construction and deconstruction of Kenyan ethnic identities. He is at the final stages of editing a book titled Kenya at 50: the making of a nation-state. Recent Publications: (with Annie E. Coombes & Lotte Hughes) (2014) Managing Heritage, Making Peace: History, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Kenya.
Welcoming Address: Dr. Sultan Somjee is a Canada-based, Kenya-born ethnographer and writer. He is the founder of the Asian African Heritage Trust and Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation in Kenya. Dr. Somjee has curated many exhibitions on artefacts of dialogue among tribal and ethnic peoples of Eastern Africa.
Day Two Keynotes:
Dr. Jesper Magnusson is the Director of the Fredens hus Peace House. Where you will find exhibitions about including vulnerability, human rights.
Kimberly Baker MA is the Education and public Programs Coordinator at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Richmond, Canada. She is presently a PhD student in Art Education within the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of British Columbia. Whereby, she received a 4yr UBC Premier Fellowship. Her thesis research focuses on Wayfinding Peace: Museums of Peace in Conflict Zones.
Dr. Diana Walters is a senior professional in the field of museums and heritage with an emphasis on access and engaging people in creative heritage activities, widening access, and peace building. She is the Executive Officer at South West Museums Federation Exeter, United Kingdom.
Dr. Jesper Magnusson is the Director of the Fredens hus Peace House. Where you will find exhibitions about vulnerability and human rights. His lecture theme is peace museums and peace building. Additionally, he will facilitate the workshop, "Lets Rule a Country" through role play.
Kimberly Baker MA is an artist, writer and scholar. She will be facilitating a workshop with the youth to present their local peace material culture in an exhibition and tour.
Munuve Mutisya BA is the Curator/Founder of Akamba Peace Museum in Machakos County, Kenya, Project Manager of Kenya Youth for Peace Project, under Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (CPMHF). He holds a BA in Sustainable Human Development and is a Historian and Consultant on Akamba Culture.
Stephan Njiru Njeru BA, Curator, Aembu Peace Museum
Lillian Waweru BA, Project Manager for the Prisons Peace Project
Stella Kawira, Curator, Chuka Peace Museum
Mannaseh Matunge, Curator, Yaaku Peace Museum
Ruth Kemunto, Curator, Abagusii Peace Museum
Standford Chege, Elder, Lari Peace Museum