Martin Osang’iri Okiyo, OGW, SMIF
Okiyo Martin Osang’iri is an innovative and experienced professional, competent in leadership and management of both development and humanitarian portfolios, programmes and projects. He is an Educationist by profession with strengths in Training, Leadership and Communication. Martin has a strong bias in coordinating disability and gender awareness and advocacy initiatives within the context of education and development. He was the Executive Director of the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) until June 2017 and is currently the Lead Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Technical Director with Actors for Inclusion Ltd. Before joining AFUB, Martin worked with the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) as the Africa Region Coordinator of ICEVI’s Global Campaign for Education from 2011 - 2016. Prior to ICEVI, he previously served at Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International) - Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya (TUSK) Programme from 2009. Martin also offers his leadership services on various boards in Kenya and internationally. He is the International Blind Sports Federation, IBSA Africa Chairman since 2013 and sits on the boards of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and the Kenya Institute of the Blind (KIB) from 2016. Martin holds the following academic and professional qualifications: Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education (and French language) from Kenyatta University, National Diploma in Human Resources Management and National Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management, Master of Science in Development Studies from Moi University and Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is also a 2015 University of Pretoria Senior Management Institute (SMI) Fellow. Martin is currently pursuing his PhD in Special Needs Education at Kenyatta University. In his current role as a board member at KNEC, he is participating in creating transformative change in national examinations consequently restoring credibility in the education system in Kenya. For that achievement, he was in 2017 awarded by the Head of State the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW). Martin is visually impaired (partially blind) and this combined with his work experiences in disability have made him diversity sensitive.