AMWIK has new board members »Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya November 23 – The Kenya Women’s Media Association (AMWIK) has announced the election of new board members who will serve for two years from 2021 to 2023.
In the election held on Monday, Dr Jane Thuo will lead the six-member board delegated by Rachel Ombaka with Venter Nkatha as treasurer of the board. Jane Godia, Lilian Anyango and Cylia Kathambi were elected members of the Board.
Dr Jane Thuo previously served as the organization’s executive director from 2007 to 2013 and is past vice-president and lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
Rachel Ombaka is a seasoned writer, media trainer and speaker who uses social media platforms to advocate for maternal health, gender equality and the safety of female journalists, according to a profile in a press release by ‘AMWIK.
Cylia Kathambi is a communications practitioner with over 15 years of experience in communications strategy development, public and media relations, and policy advocacy. She is a senior consultant at EKAR, a strategic communications agency.
Venter Nkatha has over 15 years of experience as a journalist and trainer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism where she specialized in communication for development.
Jane Godia has over 20 years of experience as a journalist, editor and trainer. She is director of Women In News-Africa and administrator of the African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) Trust.
Lilian Anyango is an experienced communications specialist in research, event management, administration, public relations and media relations.
The announcement was made by AMWIK Elections Committee Chairperson Jane Gitau following the conclusion of the online voting process, a first in the organization’s history.
“We are adapting to trends, mainly driven by the pandemic. The turnout was exceptional and we are grateful to the members for their support in participating in the decision-making process on their future, ”she said.
Former Vice President and New President Dr. Jane Thuo thanked members for their support and called on those who have lost to join her in leading the Association to even greater heights.
“I am personally delighted to be part of such a strong group of new board members. I look forward to serving with them in the years to come and raising the profile of the AMWIK brand, ”she said.
Outgoing Chair, Dr Dorothy Njoroge, while congratulating the incoming team, highlighted the gains made by outgoing Board members and called on members to give the new team all the necessary support. “We were able to turn around the situation of the Association, improve the efficiency of the Secretariat and lay the foundations for the new team to lead us to the next chapter,” she said.
AMWIK Executive Director Judie Kaberia congratulated all aspirants and urged all stakeholders to come together and move forward. “We look to the future with optimism and aim to work with new board members while tapping into new ideas and expertise,” she said.
AMWIK said the new board members will begin their two-year term as soon as the formal handover is completed in the coming days, as stipulated in the organization’s constitution.