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George Morara

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Commissioner and Vice-Chairperson
Mr. George Morara is currently serving as a Commissioner and Vice-Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (the Commission). At the Commission, he provides leadership in policy and oversight matters in the Research and Compliance Department as well as the Public Education and Training Department. He is also the Chairperson of the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee of the Commission. Mr. Morara began his journey in human rights advocacy in 1993 at Egerton University where he championed the interests of students as the Vice-Chairperson of the Students Union. He boasts of over 20 years of experience in the human rights arena anchored on the philosophy of impacting the theory and practice of human rights through the training of Human Rights Practitioners on Human Rights Based Approaches and Participatory Learning Skills.

Prior to his appointment as a Commissioner, he worked as a Senior Programme Officer in charge of the Civil and Political Rights Department of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, a Non-Governmental Organization, where his key duties included research, fact-finding missions and investigations into major human rights violations in various parts of Kenya. Mr. Morara has participated in elections monitoring and electoral management processes since 1997. He coordinated a nation-wide monitoring of Kenya’s 2013 and 2017 General Elections and was instrumental in briefing various Elections Observer Missions—key among these being the European Union, the Commonwealth, the African Union, the Carter Foundation, the East African Community and the various Diplomatic Missions in Nairobi—that were deployed to observe these elections. Mr. Morara has also been involved in High-Level Advocacy on promoting Constitutionalism and Good Governance within the South-South context with a number of State and Non-State actors in Kenya, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Togo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda among other countries.

Mr. Morara has worked as a Consultant for a number of Government ministries, departments and agencies as well as a number of non-governmental organizations and international organizations. He has a solid understanding of the global socio-economic and political challenges and their impact on the human rights discourse within the global community. Mr. Morara has a deep appreciation of diversity and extensive experience in national and international governance contexts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Master of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Windsor, Canada. He has also received advanced level training in the Fields of Legal Studies and Education.