Elizabeth MutungaHead- Governance, Peace & Security

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areas of expertise
  • democracy and governance
  • mediation support
  • regional maritime security
education
  • PhD – Institute of Diplomacy (University of Nairobi) on-going.
  • Masters of Business Administration – Canada
  • Master of Science (GeoPhysics) – Canada
  • BSc degree – University of Nairobi

Elizabeth Mutunga is the Head of Governance Peace and Security at the Secretariat of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a position she has held since April 2013.  Prior to that, she served as the Conflict Early Warning Expert in the same organization.  She has worked in COMESA since April 2004.  Prior to 2004 she worked with various organizations including the Africa Peace Forum, Diversey-Lever and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya.  She is a holder of a MBA degree and a MSC degree (Geophysics) from Canada and a BSc degree (upper division) from the University of Nairobi.  She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Nairobi, Institute of Diplomacy.

As the Head of Governance, Peace and Security, she manages the development and implementation of key programmes including the COMESA Conflict Early Warning System (COMWARN), a programme on democracy and governance; a programme on mediation support and the establishment of a Committee of Elders.  She is also overseeing the implementation the COMESA component of the Regional Maritime Security Programme, which has been designed to address money laundering and combating the financing of Terrorism.

She is currently representing the Secretariat as a co-chair to the Regional Capacity Building Working Group on Piracy (RCBWG), one of the Working Groups of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).  The RCBWG coordinates capacity building efforts in Western Indian Ocean.

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