Dr. Melba Wasunna

Governing CommitteeChairperson
Biography:

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. Previously, Melba was the Founding Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) based at Strathmore University. Under her leadership, SEIC developed an innovative stakeholder engagement platform “Extractives Baraza” which coordinated over 100 forums and workshops providing unprecedented engagement bringing together diverse stakeholders such as the Government of Kenya, NGOs, Academia and multinational companies to discuss a variety of topics on mutual benefits, shared value, transparency, gender impacts, among others. She has also authored several publications including reports, journal articles, and books. Melba is the recipient of 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). Prior to joining Strathmore, Melba worked as a consultant on business and human rights at Katiba Institute, Kenya, and as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardell in New York.

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.

Previously, Melba was the Founding Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) based at Strathmore University. Under her leadership, SEIC developed an innovative stakeholder engagement platform “Extractives Baraza” which coordinated over 100 forums and workshops providing unprecedented engagement bringing together diverse stakeholders such as the Government of Kenya, NGOs, Academia and multinational companies to discuss a variety of topics on mutual benefits, shared value, transparency, gender impacts, among others. She has also authored several publications including reports, journal articles, and books.

Melba is the recipient of 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).

Prior to joining Strathmore, Melba worked as a consultant on business and human rights at Katiba Institute, Kenya, and as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardell in New York.

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