Salome Mbugua is the Head of Operations and Strategy with AkiDwA since September 2018. She is a researcher, gender equality activist and human right advocate with over 20 years’ experience of working with under-represented groups in particular women, children, and the youth, in Europe, Africa and internationally. Salome has extensive expertise and experience in many areas which include organizational management, policy development, Monitoring and review, strategic planning, human resources management, project development and implementation, management and evaluation, conflict resolution, gender and migration, Gender Based Violence, civic engagement, Health and Economic Empowerment and Feminist approach to research and analysis.
Her strong believe in equality and justice has shaped her career leading to engagement with policy makers at National, European and International level. Salome has been involved in development of several policies and strategies with various Irish Government Departments and units focusing on economic, social and political development. She was appointed commissioner for Irish Human Rights and Equality in June 2018 by the president of Ireland and in September 2018 she was appointed by the Tánaiste to chair the working group on Ireland Third National Action Plan on women Peace and security. She is the chairperson of European Network of Migrant Women and seat on EU Expert group on Economic Migration. She seat on Observatory experts group on Violence against Women with European Women Lobby. She is 2015 OHCHR-UN Fellows on people of African Descent and 2010 Eisenhower Fellow on Women Leadership.
Salome work is informed by a Master’s degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin and she is currently on her final year of undertaking a Doctorate research on conflict, peacebuilding and reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin, her research focuses on integrating women into peacebuilding a case study on North Kivu, DRC.