Dr. Josephine Odera (Kenya)

Josephine Odera is an independent consultant with over 30 years of experience that spans the public sector, United Nations, civil society, and academia. Currently, she is a mediator with the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group.

She is the immediate past Director of ACTIL (Africa Centre for Transformative & Inclusive Leadership).  She previously served as the Regional Director, West and Central Africa, UN Women; Regional Program Director, Central Africa (UNIFEM); Regional Advisor, UN Women Regional Office for East and Southern Africa; Economist, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kenya; and Lecturer, University of Nairobi. She has been Senior Consultant/Adviser, mediation advisor and facilitator for Ministries, UN agencies, and regional organizations such as East African Community, IGAD, COMESA.

Josephine  was part of the mediation initiative that led to the Comprehensive Peace Accords in South Sudan. She published on issues of gender, development, peace, and security. Her most recent publication under the Springer Interdisciplinary series in Human Rights (2019) is entitled “SDGs, Gender Equality & Womens Empowerment: What Prospects for Delivery?”.

She holds a PhD in Conflict Management from the University of Ghent, Belgium, a master’s degree  and a B.Phil degree in Economics, and a BA from the University of Nairobi.

She is fluent in English, French, and Swahili.