Current Staff

Dr Kennedy Gitu


Gitu is a historian with a background in Anthropology and Archaeology. His research interest is in demographic history, pastoral economies, mobility and settlement; resource access, exploitation and conflict. His ongoing projects at the BIEA are on urban herders within the margins of Nairobi city, and on the demographic dynamics and resources conflict in the Amaya Triangle of north Central Kenya. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour. He has worked on many historical, archaeological and anthropological research projects in Eastern Africa, but with a special interest on pastoral economies and landscapes in Kenya. He is at the BIEA on ‘loan’ from the Department of History, Archaeology and Political Studies, Kenyatta University.

Dr Jane Humphris


Dr Humphris has been Director of the BIEA since 2018, and since 2019 has also held the position of Senior Research Associate at the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. Her main research focuses on the ancient iron production technologies of the Kingdom of Kush. Since 2011 her team has been excavating at the Royal City of Meroe in Sudan and collaborating with teams working at other Kushite iron production locations. She employs a combination of archaeological and archaeometallurgical methods to investigate the remains, with the aim of revealing the technological nature, socio-cultural role and politico-economic impact of ancient technologies and technologists during this key period of Sudan’s history. To complement the research in Sudan, she more recently stated a new project investigating Aksumite iron production in northern Ethiopia. In addition to the academic research, her team runs a comprehensive and diverse programme of community engagement and capacity building activities in Sudan, including festivals, community meetings, media outreach and Arabic open access publications.

Janet Njoroge

HR & Administration Manager

Janet is currently BIEA HR & Admin Manager.  She joined BIEA in 2010 as a Bookkeeper.  In 2017, her position changed to be the BIEA’s Administrator until 2018 when the position changed again to BIEA Human Resource & Administration Manager to date.  Prior to joining BIEA, Janet worked at “Agakhan University Hospital Nairobi” as an Outreach Coordinator in the department of outreach and Post Graduate Medical Education .  She later worked at “Daystar University Athi River” in the Department of Finance.  She holds a Course in Business Management, Secretarial Studies and basic accounting.  She holds a Human Resource Management Course from Kenya Institute of Management and is currently furthering her Human Resource Course.  

Janet is an independent minded person who is always passionate in all that she does with a very keen eye to being a bridge between the less privileged’s journey and their transition to a better life.

Teresia Ngandi

Finance Manager

Tess joined BIEA in April 2016,  she is responsible for the Institute’s  Accounts and Finance Function. Prior to joining BIEA, She worked for Short Tenures in KWS under Finance Dept. as a Volunteer. Teresia has a Bachelor in Economics degree from Kenyatta University and CPA Certification from Strathmore University. Currently she is pursuing her Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA-Advanced Level), from Institute of Chartered Accountant In England and Wales (ICAEW).

She is passionate  to work  in a challenging position that grows her professional experience, analytical skills and a commitment to success.

Charles Mwaniki

AV Technician / Publicity

An intriguing tale of an IT personnel yet an ambitious Visual Storyteller striving to accommodate his overrunning passion and secure his diligence from jump-cuts.

Derrick Orangi

Contracts and Compliance Manager

Derrick Orangi is a highly skilled lawyer and advocate at the High Court in Kenya, specializing in contract law, commercial law, and compliance management. Armed with a postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law and a commitment to legal excellence, Derrick boasts over five years of professional experience.

His expertise in navigating the complexities of contract law ensures that legal agreements not only meet but exceed the highest standards, addressing the unique needs of his clients. 

Derrick has cultivated a strong background in compliance management, emphasizing the significance of upholding legal and ethical standards in organizational practices. His dedication to ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations has established him as a trusted authority in the field.

Currently serving as the Compliance Manager at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Derrick is instrumental in ensuring the organization’s strict adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. In this pivotal role, he oversees the implementation of policies and procedures that foster transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct within the institution.

Jimmy Maranga


Jimmy Maranga is the BIEA Librarian and Membership Officer. He studied Library and Information Science in Kenyatta University. He joined the BIEA in 2018. Jimmy has a passion for learning from people, experiences and books as well. Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.

John Kanyingi

GIS Survey/ Technician

Mr. John Kanyingi, is a GIS Technician, tasked with handling mapping support for researchers at the BIEA. A firm believer that mapping is not only a vital tool in research presentation but also contributes to the value addition of information presented. In addition, he is in-charge of the management of research equipment and BIEA maps archives, he has also helped supervised the BDF projects since 2016.

He has been engaged in the Summerschool planning and also facilitates mapping course that is normally offered in the training. He is proud to have taken part in numerous archaeological projects in Kenya (Ishiara, North Horr, Mida creek, Turkana), Uganda (North Uganda) Tanzania (Engaruka, Kilwa) and Mozambique (Angoche).  He hold a bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Engineering and Space Technology.

The opportunity provided by the position as a GIS Technician that requires travelling to numerous and adventurous through the years, have ensured his zeal and passion for travelling is always alive.

Loice Ongere

Research Support Officer

Loice joined the BIEA in August 2019. She is responsible for the Institute’s events logistics, affiliations, permit applications, health and safety among other engagements. Loice has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Nairobi and also previously worked at the BIEA as an undergraduate volunteer.

Mercy Kavetsa Lukango

BIEA Steward

Paul Maundu

Assistant Caretaker

Research Fellows

Dr Catherine Gateri

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute in East Africa and a Lecturer at Kenyatta University, Department of Construction and Real Estate, School of Architecture, and the Built Environment. I hold a PhD in Regional Planning (Kenyatta University), Master’s in urban and Regional Planning (University of Nairobi) and Bachelor of Arts in Land Economics (University of Nairobi).

I am a practicing lecturer, urban and regional planner, valuer and researcher. My role as a valuer, urban and regional planner, researcher, and academician has enabled me to gain a strong understanding of the land sector, urbanization and transport issues in Kenya and Africa. I am a multi-disciplinary researcher focusing on Urban research in land, transport and governance in Sub Saharan Africa.

Currently, I am working on the project: Regional Futures: The territorial politics of digitalization-as-urbanization in the global south. This is a European Research Council funded project – A collaboration between University College London, British Institute in East Africa-Nairobi, Mumbai-India and Guadalajara- Mexico.

Dr. Pamela Ochungo

Pamela Ochungo is a geospatial scientist with a longstanding interest in the application of geospatial techniques to research and development projects with the aim of understanding complex interrelated processes.  In December 2020 she was awarded a PhD in Conservation Ecology from Stellenbosch University, SA, whereby she was researching on the value of the agro-ecological landscape for honeybee colony strength in a semi-arid area in Kenya. Her research was carried out at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) scholar. Her current interests include the use of open-source GIS and remote sensing platforms, as well as innovative machine learning classification algorithms. At the BIEA, Pamela will be mapping archeological sites and monuments as well as the threats that are facing them.

Dennis Mbugua

Dennis Mbugua Muthama is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Regional Futures Project. He is an academic, a practicing land administration professional, and researcher. His research interests include land administration, urban governance, and hybrid land governance. His PhD explored how land tenure administration is undertaken in Peri-Urban Mombasa, Kenya. As an academic, he has taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Professionally, he is a Full Member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (MISK) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He is also a member of several collaborative research communities in Kenya.

Dr. Melissa Wangui Wanjiru

Melissa Wangui is an Urban and Regional Planner by profession. She is a research fellow at the BIEA, attached to the Regional Futures Project. In the project, she focuses on the impact of digitalisation and urbanisation on the communities in Kajiado County. Her main research interests are in Cultural and Political Geography. She also researches on the processes that are involved in the production and appropriation of symbolic landscapes. Melissa has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi. She attained a Masters and PhD in Policy and Planning Sciences from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Professionally, she is a member of the Kenya Institute of Planners.

Angela Kabiru

Angela is currently working on the Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments (MAEASAM). This three year project, funded by the Arcadia Foundation aims to create a digital database of archaeological sites in Africa and to develop a monitoring system to protect these sites. This project is being carried out in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) who are the official custodians of Kenya’s cultural heritage. Angela has previously worked for NMK as a Research Scientist, a position she held for over 20 years. She  holds a Masters degree in Geographical Information Science from Lund University (Sweden), a Masters degree in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey (UK) and  a BA from the University of Nairobi. Her experience cuts across research in Anthropology/ Archaeology, Cultural Tourism and Museology.  She has in the past been a lecturer in Tourism Management at Moi University and was also involved in educational programmes involving younger audiences.   Angela is an alumnus of the Chevening scholarship programme. She is also a member of In the International Committee of Museums (ICOM) and Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM).

Professor Jacqueline McGlade FLS, FRSA

  • ProCol Kenya Lead Scientist, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kenya
  • Director Sekenani Space and Resilience Research Centre, Maasai Mara University, Kenya
  • Professor Institute for Global Prosperity and Engineering, University College London, UK
  • Professor of the Environment, Gresham College, London

Professor McGlade is recognized as a leading expert in ecosystem dynamics, sustainable development, environmental informatics, early warning systems and citizen science using sensor web enabled monitoring systems and applications for web intelligence and decision-making under high uncertainty. Her current research include open data solutions, including earth observation, mapping and monitoring and community science to support the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, open government and the African Regional Data Cube; natural prosperity, resilience and climate change; and developing the knowledge base on traditional medicines to combat malnutrition and disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

Previously she was UN Environment’s Chief Scientist, Director of Science and Chief Statistician, leading on environmental indicators, data and assessments for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. And before that, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Director of the UK Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the FZ Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada. She holds a number of key advisory roles including for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, China Council and the European Space Agency.

She has published more than 200 research publications and produced award winning films and radio series. In 2017 she gave a TEDx talk on Building Resilience to Climate Change and recently featured as the guest in BBC series The Life Scientific. Her Gresham public lectures can be watched online.

Fred Nasubo

Fred Nasubo is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the British Institute in Eastern Africa. His research is on the social-political acceptance of the Shona community who moved to Kenya from Zimbabwe between the 1950s-1960s. Nasubo is a 2021 fellow of the IFE Institute of Advanced Studies and 4th CODESRIA/CASB S/S Laureate. He holds PhD in Governance and Regional Integration from the Pan African University of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences-Yaounde Cameroon, MA (History) and BA (History&Economics), both from Egerton University-Kenya. Nasubo has published and presented conference articles on National Identity, Nation Branding, Entrepreneurship, Governance & Democracy. He has diverse experience ranging from Lecturing/teaching, Community and Enterprise Development, and Youth Mentorship & Empowerment. Nasubo worked with Egerton University, Laikipia University, African Management Service Company (AMSCO) Development Solutions, Sheer Logic Consultancy Company, and KCB Foundation. He is also an alumnus of Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)-EA, Nairobi and African Management Institute (AMI).

Dr. Eric M. Kioko

Dr Eric M. Kioko is a social anthropologist with a Ph.D. (2016) in social and cultural anthropology (University of Cologne, Germany) and an MA (2012) in culture and environment in Africa (University of Cologne, Germany). His research interests focus on the dynamics of human-environment relations, in particular environmental conflicts and peacebuilding, environmental crimes (with a focus on forest crimes in Africa), green futures, megaprojects and their impacts on rural landscapes, and the dynamics of community-based conservation. Over the past decade, Eric has been involved in successful collaborative research grant applications with international partners. He holds the role of Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in the following projects: (1) ‘Local Dynamics and Integration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Outstanding Universal Value: Evidence from Cultural Landscapes in Ethiopia and Kenya’ (funded by VolkswagenStiftung, Germany); (2) ‘Governing adaptation finance for transformation: A comparative study of climate change adaptation implementation in Tanzania and Kenya’ (funded by the Danish Fellowship Centre grant, Denmark); (3) ‘Connecting agro pastoral Food culture research to livestock commercialisation policy’ (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)); (4) ‘Future Rural Africa: Future-Making and Social-Ecological Transformation’ (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)); and (5) ‘S(m)elling the “Wild”: The Political Ecology of Essential Tree Oils and the Production of Olfactory Resources’ (funded by the German Research Foundation).

Previous Directors and Assistant Directors

  • Dr Damaris Parsitau: DIRECTOR [-]
  • Dr Freda Nkirote: DIRECTOR [-]
  • Dr Prince Guma: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [- ]
  • Dr Joost Fontein: DIRECTOR [2014 – 18]
  • Professor Ambreena Manji: DIRECTOR [2010-14]
  • Professor David Anderson
  • Professor Justin Willis
  • Professor Paul Lane: DIRECTOR [1998-2006]
  • Professor John Sutton: DIRECTOR [1983-98]
  • Dr Neville Chittick: DIRECTOR [1961-83]
  • Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [2005-08]. TRUSTEE [2010- ]
  • Dr Andrew Burton: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [2001-05]
  • Dr Shane Doyle: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [1997-2000]
  • Professor David Phillipson FBA FSA: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [1973-78]. PRESIDENT [1993-2006]. HON SECRETARY [1981-82, 1985-93]. TRUSTEE [1980- ]
  • Professor Peter Robertshaw: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [1979-88]
  • Dr Robert Soper: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [1965-72]
  • Professor Merrick Posnansky: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR [1962-64]