Our Team

Hilary profile picConscientious Hilary, Director 

His passion and vision for CPI Kenya is amazing.  With in-depth knowledge of CPI Kenya and its objectives, you will love to listen to his synopsis of CPI Kenya.  An exemplary leader who believes and mentors all those who work with him, he identifies one’s potential and encourages them to work on it to perfection.

Hilary Halkano Bukuno holds a Masters Degree in Peace Education from United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).

He worked for 8 years at the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit, Caritas Office as the Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Office. He is a seasoned peace practitioner with over ten years of experience in developing and implementing peacebuilding programs among the Pokot, Samburu, Turkana, Gabra, Borana and Rendille pastoral communities in Kenya.

He is a founding member of Children Peace Initiative Kenya and also the architect of the Peace Building program on Integrating Children in inter-ethnic conflict transformation.


Monica Kinyua

Exuberant Monica, Deputy Director

Her warm smile and open nature are the first things that catch your eye about Monica Kinyua.  Ambitious, hard-working, and compassionate are some of the attributes that describe Monica.

Monica is a founding member of CPI Kenya.  She is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and has a Masters Degree in Peace Studies from the University of San Diego, in the United States.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Ministry at Tangaza College: Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).  Monica honed her skills in peacebuilding programs through consultancies with Caritas Marsabit and Maralal for more than 8 years among the Pokot, Samburu, Turkana, Gabra, Borana and Rendille pastoral communities in Kenya.

Her hobbies include traveling, storytelling and reading motivational books.


Jane Wanjiru Kinyua_0Dynamic Jane, Program Manager

Warm, friendly, full of life, and a hearty laugh are some of the traits that describe Jane Wanjiru Kinyua.

Jane is also a founding member of CPI Kenya.  She has vast experience in different development-related fields within various institutions in Kenya and Tanzania.  She worked as a Peace Consultant among the pastoralist communities in Marsabit, Samburu, Baringo and West Pokot Counties in Kenya.  She has also worked with young people acquitted of juvenile crime within the Government of Kenya rehabilitation schools under CEFA, an international NGO.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Peace Studies at the University of San Diego in the United States.  She has an undergraduate degree in Youth Ministry from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa(CUEA).

Her hobbies are making new friends, swimming, storytelling, reading and socializing.



Diligent Purity, Interactions for Peace Program Manager

Attention to detail, thorough and committed are the words that describe Purity Karimi.  She is the Program Manager for Interactions for Peace.  This is a project that she holds dear due to her love for children and it has brought out her excellent skills in teaching and mentoring children.  She has managed this program from inception (2014) to present day.

Purity has a Project Management diploma from The Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).  She is also a Certified Public Accountant CPA(K) from KCA University with 6 years experience at Yaya Medical & Chest Services.

Her hobbies include mentoring children in church, especially in their transition to young adulthood, traveling and socializing.


Friendly Frank, Logistics Officer 

Ever smiling, generous and reliable are some of the attributes of Francis Miriti.

He has 15 years experience in transport and logistics with major regional travels to Uganda and Sudan. Amicus School, Lemco Insurance Company, and Indian Consulting Engineering Services are the places he gained his vast experience.

Swimming, traveling and exploring new places are his passion.


Compassionate Sam, CPI Communications Officer

Passion to work, commitment to details, humble and self driven person are words that can describe him. Samson joined CPI Kenya as the Communications Officer who also takes part in resource mobilization, public engagement, and media management.

He holds a diploma in Community Development and Project Management from Premese Africa Development Institute; he is also pursuing Degree in Community Development from Egerton University Kenya. Samson worked for over seven years for both ChildFund Kenya – North Rift Cluster, as a Program Officer, and KETRACO as a Community Liaison Officer for the implementation of the wind power transmission line.  Within these capacities, he gained a wide range of experience within non-profits as an advocate for both children and community rights.

His hobbies include watching movies, playing with his children, preparing small agricultural projects at home, and changing lives for the better.

TrizahCourteous Triza – CPI Kenya Field officer 

Nice, outgoing, loving and a social Triza. She has joined CPI Kenya as a field officer based in Baragoi Kenya. Triza has acquired a wide range of experience of over 6 years working under Catholic Diocese of Maralal, Caritas and different donor project in Samburu County.

Triza is a certificate holder in Community Development and social work from Laikipia University and is still completing her degree at the same institution.

Her hobbies include traveling, playing volleyball and enjoying music.


Bountiful Benja, AP Peace Fellow 2019

Ben is a graduate student at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His studies are primarily focused on how legal regimes can facilitate development and international environmental and resource policy.  He is set to graduate in May 2020.

He is an Ohio native and completed his bachelor’s degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During these studies he enjoyed the opportunity to study abroad in both Oviedo, Spain and Sao Paulo, Brazil. These experiences, in addition to working within the medical field, firmly determined Ben’s drive to serve marginalized communities around the world. Following his undergraduate studies, he spent time in Ecuador working with a LGBTQ health initiative, in South Africa directing the operations of the Khoapa Land and Community Trust, and in Tanzania assisting the Maendeleo Ya Wakulima agricultural cooperative expand operations during a time of extreme commodity market volatility.

After Fletcher, Ben is interested in working with organizations that bridge the gap between sustainable development initiatives and the expanding scope of human rights law

His hobbies include running, soccer/football, dry humor, having a cold beer with close friends, and getting lost in unfamiliar places.

Colleen AP Fellow.jpgCheerful Colleen, AP Peace Fellow 2018
Colleen is currently a candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Master of International Public Policy program with an affiliation in Conflict Management, and will graduate in December 2018.
Colleen is a native of Buffalo, NY and has always had a passion for humanitarian and peacebuilding work.
She graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science and a commissioning as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard.
She served for 8.5 years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard focused on underway operations. She served three sea tours and one special assignment staff tour. While at sea, she was a first responder to the January 2010 earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti.
As a responder, she led the first shore excursions into Port Au Prince to provide medical care and deliver humanitarian supplies. She was also responsible for coordinating helicopter medical evacuations in and out of the harbor.
In 2011 she sailed to Western Africa where she trained the newly created Liberian Coast Guard, Senegalese Navy, and Sierra Leone Navy. In her remaining four years at sea, she was responsible for the interdiction of over $20 million in illicit narcotics, successfully interdicting multiple human smugglers, and conducting Search and Rescue operations which resulted in seven lives saved.

Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, playing with her dog Mira, and playing sports.


The team – CPI Kenya Baragoi Field Office