Executive Directors

Chris Mbiti, November 2013 –
Current Executive DirectorBefore being named the Executive Director, Chris Mbiti served as PEN's Programs Manager. He joined PEN in November 2003 as a Programs Manager and was involved in the building of PEN. He was instrumental in designing programs and fundraising. As part of PEN work, Chris provided capacity building support to Civil Society organisations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and other regional organisations in Zambia and South Africa.

As the Executive Director, Chris provides day to day leadership and management of PEN which includes programme design, implementation and ensuring accountability and reporting to the PEN board and stakeholders including the beneficiaries. He maintains liaisons with other CSO leaders, government and international development partners.

Chris Mbiti is an experienced development practitioner with over 16 years experience having worked with both international and local NGOs in Kenya and Republic of Namibia.

Chris Mbiti holds an MBA/Post Graduate Diploma in International Economics from Griffith Business School, Brisbane, Australia and Bachelor of Commerce from Kenyatta University and over the years has attended relevant short-term courses.

 

 

Dr. John Batten, PhD, MBE. November 2001 – October 2013
John is the co-founder and the founding Executive Director for Poverty Eradication Network (PEN). He provided strategic oversight to PEN while ensuring quality control and accountability for results. He worked in partnership with more than 100 CSOs, developing their institutional capacity through participatory assessment, training and mentoring. He is a recognized international expert in leadership development, good governance, strategic planning, resource mobilization and all aspects of organizational change and development for NGOs.

Before PEN, John worked in senior management posts with international NGOs in S.E. Asia, East Africa, USA and UK. He was International Training Director at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) based in the Philippines (1978/1985), Regional Training Adviser for CARE International based in Kenya (1986/1989), Country Director and – later - CEO for ActionAid in Kenya and UK respectively (1989/1998) and Director General of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) in Nairobi, Kenya (1998/2001). Between 1990 and 1995 John was one of a small group of Civil Society leaders who led an advocacy strategy to create a more enabling environment for CSOs in Kenya. As part of this strategy John played a leading role in establishing the NGO Council in Kenya (1993) and served on the first NGO Coordination Board (1993/1995) with whom he contributed to writing the first Rules and Regulations and Code of Conduct for NGOs in Kenya.

John is an established international consultant in the fields of non-profit governance, organizational development, leadership, management, strategic planning, education and resource mobilization.

John is currently serving in the International Board of the Christian Blind Mission and has served on a wide range of international and national NGO Boards.

John was born in UK and has been resident in Kenya since 1986. He is an educator by profession; beginning his career as a high school mathematics teacher in UK and later becoming Head of Department and Dean of Students at Priory School in Kingston, Jamaica, where he also founded the Priory Adult College of Education (P.A.C.E.) in 1972. He earned an MA in Education at Western Carolina University (1975) and a PhD in Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of Alabama (1978).

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