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Tecla Namachanja Wanjala - Vice Chairperson, Kenya

 Tecla Namachanja Wanjala - Vice Chairperson, KenyaShe is a peace builder and community social worker experienced in conflict management, transformation and peace building across the region. Commissioner Wanjala is one of the three women recognized as Pillars of Peace for intervening in the Kenya’s 1991-92 and 1997 ethnic clashes and is globally recognized as one of the 1,000 women nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

She has an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg Virginia, USA and is currently a PhD candidate at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, studying peace and conflict. During her thirteen years peace-building career she has engaged in conflict resolution processes nationally as well as in Sudan, Rwanda and Ethiopia and has conducted numerous regional training workshops. Until joining TJRC, Commissioner Wanjala headed the Regional Party for Peace in East and Central Africa (PEACE 11) Program that aims to enhance African leadership in conflict management in the Horn of Africa.

Commissioner Wanjala also helped the Nairobi Peace Initiative train over 500 workers in basic skills in conflict transformation in 1997 and 1999. In addition to this, she also consulted on peace building and post-conflict reconstruction in Eastern and Southern Africa for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 2005-2008 and coordinated the Peace and Development Network (PEACENET) efforts in organizing coalition and advocacy meetings on conflict and peace.

During the infamous Kenya ethnic clashes of 1993 to 1995, Commissioner Wanjala journeyed with internally displaced persons for their humanitarian assistance and co-ordinated for relief and rehabilitation for over 40,000 survivors of ethnic clashes.