Carole Ageng’o is a resourceful, highly proactive and motivated lawyer with a graduate degree in international conflict management, currently working as a consultant on law, gender, governance and conflict. Until December 31, 2012, she was the Senior Program Officer for Africa at the International Women’s Program, Open Society Foundations (OSF). In 2008, she served as the Gender Advisor to the Commission of Inquiry into the Post Election Violence (CIPEV). From 2003-2008 she was the Program Officer for Africa at Equality Now and before that, was a Legal Officer at the Federation of Women Lawyers ( FIDA Kenya). She has also previously practiced law in various legal firms in Nairobi.
In addition to her professional roles, she has served on the boards of several organizations including the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA, Kenya), Tomorrows Child Initiative (TCI) and Homeless Children International ( HCI) and is a member of the inaugural steering committee of the Madrid based African Spanish Women’s Network. Over the last 16 years she has worked on issues of gender and conflict, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and right and the law at national, regional and international levels. She has undertaken research on several issues of gender and human rights including female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices, early and forced marriages and gender and human rights. This informed advocacy that she engaged in for policy and legislative change in Mali, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda and at the UN level. Carole is adequately familiar with the legislative frameworks of over 20 countries in Africa and has maintained excellent networks that facilitate her engagement on the various issues and initiatives that she continues to undertake. She has broad experience in grant making, grants management, project monitoring and evaluation across Africa and has successfully monitored over 70 grant projects in East and Horn of Africa, West Africa and Central.
A qualified Trainer of Trainers, Carole possesses excellent facilitation, presentation and communication skills and has taken several courses on human rights and project management. She has proven leadership and management abilities and attention to detail and timeliness. She is computer literate with excellent knowledge of the main Microsoft applications. A polyglot, Carole has the mastery of five languages- English, French, German, Kiswahili and Dholuo to her credit. In addition she has fair knowledge of Spanish and Gikuyu. This, coupled with her excellent communication skills, allows her easy access to a broad range of communities and spaces, thus facilitating her work.