Current Staff

BIEA Staff

In London

Dr. Jane HumphrisDirector: [email protected]

 I am the Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), which is one of the British Academy’s international research institutes. From our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, the BIEA exists to promote and support research across the humanities and social sciences, across the African continent.

I hold a PhD in African Archaeometallurgy and an MA in African Archaeology from UCL, and a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Manchester. My dissertations at undergraduate and Master’s level concerned the iron industries associated with the Buganda Kingdom of Uganda. My PhD thesis, titled An Archaeometallurgical Investigation of Iron Smelting Traditions in Southern Rwanda, explored the development of iron production technologies in pre-colonial Rwanda and included an ethno-experimental iron smelt. I have also worked on material from pre-colonial sites in Mali and Tanzania.

While my specialism lies in African iron production, I am also very interested in the theory and practice of cultural heritage management, and the role and development of museums in Africa. Issues concerning ethical archaeological practice and community engagement are also particularly interesting to me…Read more

Christine Gibson – Programme Coordinator:  [email protected]

Christine joined the BIEA as the London Secretary in October 2018. She holds a BA in Swahili & Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is a former BIEA Graduate Attaché. Before joining the BIEA, Christine held a previous career in Social Housing & Local Government with a focus on homelessness prevention and tenancy sustainment and has lived and worked in Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Kenya and Tanzania.

Christine is an MRes Anthropological Research Methods candidate (SOAS) and is particularly interested in, African languages; Kiswahili & Kimwani, the Anthropology of Oil, epistemological issues related to ‘studying up’ in anthropological research, logics of contemporary capitalism, and Whiteness. Christine’s MRes research will seek to understand how expatriate development professionals, imagine, negotiate and translate the destructive and generative effects of large-scale offshore resource extraction to communities in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Northern Mozambique. The project will ask, to what extent, speculative knowledge of hydrocarbons and temporalities of anticipation, emerge as categories of violence and effect the present.

In Nairobi

Dr. Freda NkiroteCountry Director: [email protected]

Dr M’Mbogori is the Country Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) where she joined as the Assistant Director in 2015. Formerly, she was the Head of Cultural Heritage Department at the National Museums of Kenya. She is an archaeologist with a PhD from University of Paris, France; a Master’s degree from University of Bergen, Norway; a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nairobi; a Post graduate diploma in museum studies and conservation, from University College London, and Field research methods certificate from the University of Harvard. She is currently the President of Pan-African Archaeological Association and Related studies (PAA).  Dr M’Mbogori’s research on the Early Iron Age in Kenya is fundamental to questions about the origins of modern economic strategies, heritage, land use and identities. Her ethnoarchaeological studies of ceramic technology among potters of Mt. Kenya and Coastal regions, have enriched archaeological interpretations. She is also involved in the “African Farming Networks” project as a co-investigator, where she is looking at issues related to material culture of the Marakwet community.

Dr M’Mbogori has been successful in writing winning world competitive proposals for research and Conservation grants from international funding agencies. Her last two grants have been given by Wenner Gren (USA) for research, and by UNESCO (Paris) for promoting pottery making in Tharaka, Meru and Mbeere.  Recently, she has received research funds from the British Academy (Global Challenges Research Fund), to conduct archaeological investigations on indigenous wells in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia.

Dr M’Mbogori is also an author who has published books with Cambridge and Oxford University Press, book chapters and professional papers in peer reviewed journals.  In her career, she has organized several workshops and conferences. While some of these workshops are of scientific importance, others are for creating awareness among cultural stakeholders. In addition, she has organized cultural exhibitions at the Museums with the last one featuring ‘Pots and Identities’. This exhibition received wide coverage on both the National television and main Kenyan Newspapers.


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.


Prince Guma Research Fellow/Assistant Country Director : [email protected]

Prince Guma is an urban imaginer and research scientist. His research work is situated at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Urban Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. Since 2012, Prince has actively engaged in academic work from a broad range of settings and associations in the developing world. This work is located in the worlds of East African development, emerging from a career of multiple engagements, shaped by his belief in the entangled nature and interconnectedness of things beyond tangents, and in scholarship as being more than just a field of specialist audiences within the academy.

In his recent project, Prince has focused on exploring the multiple ways through which domains are constructed and reconstructed through the diffusion and uptake of digital technologies (focusing on energy, water, and ICT sectors) in the African city, under the department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. This project is titled ‘Rethinking Smart Urbanism: City-Making and the Spread of Digital Infrastructures in Nairobi more


Janet NjorogeAdministrator: [email protected]

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. 


Dr. Alice N. Gathoni Research Fellow: [email protected]

Alice Gathoni is a research fellow at the British Institute in Eastern Africa(BIEA) where she joined in 2020. She’s currently researching on the impact of digital technologies and innovations in the lives of youth with disabilities in Kenya. She has over 18years experience working in the area of education, with a specific interest in the linkages between education and development outcomes for marginalised youth, particularly those with disabilities. Previously, she worked with the Ministry of Education as a Coordinator Special Needs Education and as a Special education teacher.

Her research interests are mainly in the domains of education, disability, digital technologies and development with a particular focus on issues of; access and equity for marginalised youth.  Her PhD explored how youth with disabilities’ use of social media in Higher education impacted on their agency, inclusion and aspirations.  Alice has undertaken various international consultancies to review educational projects including the; Open University Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Online Open Educational Resources, Towards Results in Education in English (TREE) in Mynamar and the disability directory for the I-GATE, Sierra-Leone Girls Education Challenge project.

Besides her research work, Alice provides mentorship to graduate students affiliated to the BIEA, coordinates the PhD forum and organizes student workshops, trainings and conferences. She volunteers with community based organisations working with children and youth with disabilities and has previously served as a trustee at Advantage Africa-UK, L’arche Kenya and St. Martin’s Catholic Social Apostolate.

Alice holds a PhD in Childhood and Youth Studies from the Open University, UK; a Master of Philosophy in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge, UK; a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA and a Bachelor of Education in Special Education from Kenyatta University.

She was a Cambridge Commonwealth scholar at the University of Cambridge between 2013-2014 and Ford Foundation International Fellow/ scholar at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa between 2011-2013.

Recent publications: Peer Reviewed

Christopher J. Cormier, Mildred Boveda, Funké Aladejebi & Alice Gathoni (2021) Black Teachers’ Affirmations on The Social–emotional And Mental Health Needs of Learners: a Transnational Examination, Kappa Delta Pi Record, 57:1, 30-36. DOI: 10.1080/00228958.2021.1851584

Under Review: A historical account of Youth with disabilities’ educational transitions in Kenya

In preparation: Resilience and Youth with disabilities’ practices on social media in the face of a pandemic.


Teresia Ngandi Finance Manager: [email protected]

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.


Purity Wamuyu – Research Projects Manager: [email protected]

Purity joined BIEA in September 2018. She holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from University of Edinburgh, and a B.Ed from Laikipia University. She previously worked as a Talent Acquisition professional at Komaza in Kilifi,  Kenya and MindSky in Rwanda. She also previously coordinated the  G-United Programme, a partnership project between the Government of Kenya and Evidence action aimed at promoting youth employment and literacy through volunteership. Purity recently served as a youth representative in the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Talloires Network is an association of universities globally committed to civic engagement. In 2013, she was appointed as a MasterCard Foundation’s Youth Think Tank Member, where she conducted extensive research on youth engagement in selected economic sectors in Kenya.  Purity is also an Equity Leaders programme Alumnus, through which she worked with Equity Bank and Equity Group Foundation in various capacities. She notably served as a mentor to the Foundation’s Wings to Fly scholars who are highly talented students from underprivileged backgrounds. Purity is a Commonwealth alumnus.


Loice Ongere Research Support Officer: [email protected]

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





Mercy Kavetsa LukangoBIEA Steward: [email protected]


John KanyingiGIS Survey/ Technician: [email protected]


Fabian OngayaOffice Assistant: [email protected]


Paul MaunduAssistant Caretaker: [email protected]


Florence AyumaHousekeeper: [email protected]


Charles MwanikiAV Technician: [email protected]


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