Ezra Mbogori is the Executive Director of Akiba Uhaki Foundation – a human rights and social justice fund for Eastern Africa. Before setting up Akiba, Ezra was Founding Executive Director of MWENGO – reflection and development center for NGOs in Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Zimbabwe for 14 years. Prior to that, he headed up UNDUGU Society, a Nairobi-based urban poverty-focused organization.
Ezra has served on the leadership and/or advisory structures of numerous organizations namely as Founding Chairperson of the Kenya NGO Council (1992-1993); Member of the Commonwealth Foundation NGO Advisory Committee; Board member of the Resource Alliance; Board member of the Montreal International Forum; Board member of the Charities Aid Foundation of South Africa; Board Member of CIVICUS and Vice Chair of the International Board of PLAN International.
More recently he serves on the International Grants Committee of Comic Relief; co-chairs the Kenyan Civil Society Reference Group, an alliance of progressive national, international and local public benefit organizations leading the effort to retain civic space in Kenya; is a board member of Oxfam South Africa and Vice Chairperson of the African Grantmakers Network. Ezra has an undergraduate degree from Kenyatta University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Governance at the Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Kellogg International Leadership Program and the Kennedy School’s Mason Fellows Program.