Mburu Gitu

Executive Director at Open Society Foundations

Mburu Gitu

Mburu Gitu

Executive Director at Open Society Foundations

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Mburu Gitu is the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa. He has two decades of experience as a respected human rights advocate, having served at senior levels in civil society and the public sector.

Gitu is a management specialist with extensive experience in strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, and finance and administration management. For five years, he served as the chief executive officer at the Kenya National Human Rights Commission, a position at the level of permanent secretary in the public service, responsible for strategic planning and program implementation as well as procurement, accounts, and staff management.

He headed the National Commission’s efforts to develop a national human rights policy as well as the investigations following the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya. Gitu has also served as a senior policy officer on governance with the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya providing analysis and reviewing funding requests.

Gitu is a founding director of the Legal Resources Foundation and started his career in legal aid at Kituo cha Sheria. Gitu holds a law degree from the University of Nairobi and an LLM degree from the University College London.

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Co-Founder at The Institute for New Economic Thinking, Inc.

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Director-Baltimore Community Fellowships & Initiatives, US Programs at Open Society Foundations

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President at Open Society Foundations

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Trustee/President, Chief Executive Officer at Open Society Institute

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Founder at JS Capital Management LLC

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Vice President at Open Society Foundations

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Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative at Open Society Foundations

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Chief Financial Officer at Open Society Foundations

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Chief Communications Officer at Open Society Foundations

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Head, Criminal Justice Cluster, Open Society Justice Initiative at Open Society Foundations

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. They help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. They implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. They build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

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