Meet The Team
Prof. Marleen Temmerman is the founding Director of ICRHK, and a current Board Member.
She is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist by training with a Master’s in Public health, and a PhD from Ghent University.
She is a member of the Maisha Maarifa HIV/SRH Research Hub of the Kenyan National AIDS Control Council (NACC) that works to enhance access to HIV/SRH research and information to stakeholders and decision makers at all levels including the Counties and, a Member of the Kenya National Domestication of the Global AA-HA! Guidance Committee (Adolescent Health), as well as a member of the Beyond-Zero Technical Working Groups.
Her current international affiliations/memberships include: Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the post-2015 world; Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health, Scientific Advisory Committee of the EDCTP (European and Developing Countries Trial Partnership), as well as professional bodies, Senior Fellow in the Institute for Global Health Diplomacy in Geneva. UNESCO Chair on Youth Leadership in Science, Health, Gender and Education at the Aga Khan University.
A former Belgian parliament senator, Prof. Marleen is also currently the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aga Khan University Hospital and Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya). Prior to that she was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland). She served as a member of the iERG (independent expert review group), installed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, to raise the accountability in the ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ platform to accelerate MDG 4 and 5, and takes pride in being one of the penholders of the UN Global Strategy for Women’s, Children and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030, launched by the UNSG and partners in September 2015, transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs.
Prof. Marleen has co-authored over 500 publications and books in the area of women’s health, with a Hirsch index of 80. She has supervised many PhD students in Europe, Africa, Latin-America and China and received several awards and honors for her research and advocacy work. Concurrent Professor Fudan University, Honorary appointments: University of the Western Cape, South-Africa, Free University Brussels, Belgium; National Institute Family Planning Research, China.
Mary Thiongo leads the data management unit at the International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya (ICRHK). She is the in-country data manager for PMA2020 in Kenya. Mary’s professional background includes extensive experience in data management and database development. She was a data manager for several multi-country randomized controlled trials. She also has helped develop protocols and standard operating procedures for data management.
Mary holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Kenya Methodist University. She is also a member of The Association for Data management in the Tropics (ADMIT), an international data management group.
Brigita is a Registered Nurse as well as a counselor working in ICRHK at the Mvita DICE under the Linkages program.
She started working with ICRHK in 2011, conducting an alcohol research study and later the Transition project.
Brigita is a hardworking and passionate person, easily interacts with others and loves her work.
Emily has been working with ICRHK for over 6 years mainly in the Monitoring and Evaluation department.
Over these years, she has been involved in numerous studies, projects, and surveys. Among them are Kesho Bora, Transition, Haki Yenu, Paser M, Paser S, DIFFER, GBVRC, Alcohol study, MOMI, PLACE study, Moving The Goal Post ( MTGP), LINKAGES and others.
Grace works under the JILINDE PrEP scale-up project. She has an experience of over 10 years working with community programs, majorly in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV Prevention and Treatment among Key Population and Youth in Kenya.
She is a seasoned HIV/AIDS prevention trainer (TOT), with a wealth of experience in training the Key Population, Youth and Corporate Staff.
As an upcoming social-science writer, she has submitted accepted abstracts for both local and international conferences.
She is currently pursuing a degree in Development Studies.
Winnie is a Research Officer at ICRH-K, with over 3 years’ experience in social research studies focusing on behavioral change on Sexual and Reproductive Health issues among the Youth and Key Populations. She has expertise in Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Data analysis and Transcribing. Over the years she has gained skills for engaging different types of stakeholders, from top government officials at the Ministry of health and donors to the local residents. Currently she is working on a research trial which is evaluating youth learning and information retention following delivery of SRH information via mobile phones. Winnie has a BA in Community Development.
Norah is so passionate with children and believes that; “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”
She holds a B.A Degree in Development Studies from Mount Kenya University, A Certificate in Guidance and Counseling from Coast Institute of Technology and Certificate in Disaster Management from African Institute of Technology. Norah has over 6 years of experience working with community programs, mainly with Orphans and Vulnerable (OVC) Children and extensive knowledge on child protection issues, and good working relationships with child rights-based organizations and Governments Ministries that deals with children.
At ICRH she is working with a project on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children identifying sexually exploited children and linking them to different interventions.
Prior to joining ICRHK, she worked as a Social Worker for Catholic Arch Diocese of Mombasa CBHC and AID relief pursuing and advocating for children rights.
Diana believes, Data+Story=Change.
She enjoys writing to enlighten the non-scientific audience with knowledge. She is passionate about communicating research results and evidence in a creative, simple understandable manner offering solutions of how this can be translated to informed action.
Prior to joining ICRHK, she was the Communications Officer at Agricultural Market Development Trust.
Diana holds a Master of Arts in International Relations (International Development, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy and, Peace and Conflict Studies) from United States International University-Africa and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Communication from St. Paul’s University.
Aggrey is a statistician by profession and currently working as our Programmer/Data Manager. He has eight years’ experience in research, data management and analysis. Prior to joining ICRHK, he served in various capacities as a data miner, data researcher, data analyst and data manager in fast paced environments which has enabled be to gain experience in all stages of data handling. His drive is, “Data is always growing big and bigger, and one needs a low level approach to have big data analysis done. The desire to program, innovate and create amazing products to help people go about their computational business challenge is what drives me.”
Michael is the programme data analyst. He holds a BSc. in Applied Statistics with IT from Maseno University (Kenya) and Master of Biostatistics degree from Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium). He has extensive experience in research data analysis having worked as a Senior Statistician for several national and international research organizations. Prior to joining ICRHK, Michael was a Senior Statistician at KEMRI/WELLCOME Trust. Michael has keen interest in the development and application of widely applicable, statistical and computational methods to address problems in biological, biomedical and epidemiological research and the application of novel statistical techniques to the design, analysis and interpretation of data arising from public health and human disease studies. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
Ezra is the ICT Officer at ICRHK. He holds a B.Sc. in Information Technology from Makerere University (Uganda) and is currently pursuing Masters in the same field. He has completed various certified courses including CCNA, CISSP, GCP and EIGRP and is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
He has over 9 years of experience in system administration, ICT policies formulation and implementation, Server management, Computer Programming, Software testing and configuration, Biometrics systems management, Project Management, Website development and maintenance, Application integration on mobile devices and Network setups and management. He has vast knowledge of statistical software (Stata, SPSS), Financial Solutions (Quickbooks, Tally, Sage) and data collection apps (ODK, Redcap, Trellis, Ibio-App).
Prior joining ICRHK, he was the IT Manager at Mediheal Group of Hospitals, ICT consultant to various organizations in East Africa and a volunteer at the United Nations (UN) and a member of United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Ezra is constantly driven by promoting and encouraging the use of ICT solutions that allow better use of the available technologies both in urban and rural setup to improve service delivery on Health outcomes especially on Reproductive Health focusing on the Youths and the Key Population.
“Do much, Talk less“
Emily has actively participated in getting the M and E department where it is currently – An Independent Unit. She can survive anywhere as evidently witnessed in the years she has been here (she once worked from the quietest office in ICRHK main office – the data room, to one of the noisiest busy DIC- Learning Site)
Besides M and E, she has worked as a Research assistant in more than 2 studies and successfully executed it, she collected data with a mindset of a data person, meaning fewer errors.
Emily has nerdy tendencies, in that she loves working on her PC in a quiet office but the irony is, she is very good at planning and executing office fun activities, something she has been doing almost all the years she has been in ICRHK. She is a very strong believer in TEAMWORK.
Francis is an ICT professional and works for the International Centre for Reproductive Health-Kenya as an ICT Assistant. He possesses a Diploma in information and communication technology (DICT) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) from the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT). He is responsible for user support, hardware support, electricals and electronics maintenance, systems inventory and networking. Prior to embarking on a career in the IT industry, He worked as a research assistant with APHIA Plus and data entry for two years. This experience affords him astute insight into necessary training and development required for staff throughout any research organization. A firm believer that technology is the great growling engine of change.
Mwai holds a Master’s degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems research for development from Karolinska Institute. His main expertise lies in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of innovative and high-impact HIV prevention strategies in resource-constrained settings. Prior to joining ICRHK, as an experienced expert in developing and evaluating HIV/AIDS interventions, he implemented the monitoring and evaluation component during the piloting of the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program in three sites in Kenya which resulted in the scaling up of PMTCT programs in Kenya and also by various agencies including UNICEF.
At the National Level, Charles has participated in developing monitoring and evaluation indicators to be used in reporting HIV and AIDS service delivery and developed a database of information for monitoring the effects of HIV and AIDS programmes.
Other areas Charles has worked on include Performance Monitoring of a USAID project on Maternal and Neonatal Health, and a Health Care seeking behavior among patients with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). He also published in reputable journals.