Dr. Melba K. Wasunna

Governing CommitteePatron
Biography:

Melba has fifteen years’ experience with a strong track record on strategy development and implementation, project management, stakeholder management, risk management, human rights, gender inclusion and sustainability.

Melba has fifteen years’ experience with a strong track record on strategy development and implementation, project management, stakeholder management, risk management, human rights, gender inclusion and sustainability.

Melba is the External Affairs Manager at Base Titanium Limited, Kenya’s largest mining company representing 65% of the total value of the country’s minerals production. Her role involves public affairs and policy, corporate affairs, strategy, public relations, negotiations, governance and risk management. Melba is also an adjunct lecturer at Strathmore Law School teaching “Human Rights and Oil & Gas” module to LLM (Masters) students.

Before assuming her current role, Melba was the Founding Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) and the Extractives Baraza based at Strathmore University. Under her leadership, SEIC developed a novel multisector advocacy-neutral public platform “the Extractives Baraza” which coordinated over 100 forums and workshops providing unprecedented engagement bring together stakeholders such as the Government of Kenya, NGOs and multinational companies to discuss a variety of topics on social license, mutual benefits, shared value, transparency, gender impacts, local content, youth inclusion amongst others. She also authored several publications including reports, journal articles and books.

Melba is the recipient of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100) Award 2020 and the “Upstream Oil and Gas Awards, Woman of the Year Kenya (2019)”. She currently serves as the Chairperson for the Association of Women in Energy and Extractives in Kenya (AWEIK), a platform that promotes and assists the participation of women in the oil, gas and mining value-chain in Kenya. She is also the Vice Chairperson of the Energy and Extractives Sector Board at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Law) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Humanities from the university of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also admitted to practice law in New York, United States.

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