AMADPOC boasts of a dynamic and youthful staff who bring on board various qualifications and experiences in various disciplines, which are integral in driving the organisation towards attaining its mission.
Prof. John O. Oucho
Prof. John Oucho is the founder of and Executive Director at AMADPOC, which he established in 2008 as a think-tank and bridge between academic and policy pursuits of migration work in Africa, with special reference to the Greater Horn of Africa. He identified the lack of scholarship and intellectual intercourse in migration in universities and governments. He holds a PhD in Geography (specialisation on Population Studies); an MA in Geography (Population Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts (Upper Second Class) in Geography, which he all earned from the University of Nairobi in 1982, 1974 and 1972 respectively. He also holds a Post-doctoral Fellowship (Demography) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA), which he undertook in 1982-1983. Prof. Oucho boasts a wealth of experience in migration-related issues, evidenced by his numerous publications; attendance of and presentation of papers in over 150 international conferences; and undertaking consultancies for various African governments, regional economic communities (RECs) – the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community; United Nations agencies, among them United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNHABITAT and the World Bank, as well as other international organisations, among them the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). He has also undertaken consultancy/advisory services for various African governments – Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, Swaziland, South Africa, Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, Namibia and Zambia. He has published over 100 articles in refereed international journals, 10 scholarly books and 70 book chapters.
His scholarly work on migration has earned him the following awards: Population Council (New York) for MA fellowship in 1972-1974; Ford Foundation for Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA in 1982-1983; and the European Commission’s Marie Curie Chair holder at the Centre for Ethnic Relations (CRER), University of Warwick, United Kingdom in 2007-2010. Prof. Oucho is also a member of various learned societies, including the International Union for Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP); African Union of Population Studies (UAPS) – of which he was the first Secretary-General – and the Population Association of Kenya (PAK), which he co-founded and was its first secretary. He is a Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS); a member of the editorial board of Migration Studies published at the University of Oxford by the Oxford University Press and Migration and Development (2013-2015) published by Routledge. Prof. Oucho was the sole African member of the Commonwealth’s Ramphal Commission on Migration chaired by the former Prime Minister of Jamaica in 2009-2011
Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho
Director, Research and Data Hub
Dr. Linda Oucho joined AMADPOC in 2012 leading the research as well as training and capacity building activities. She has engaged in several short term research consultancies with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nairobi, Kenya, the International Centre for Policy Migration and Development (ICMPD) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Observatory on Migration both in Brussels, Belgium. In addition, she has led the project activities under the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (MOoP/RPC), A 6 year project that aims to understand the link between migration and poverty in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa as well as in Asia. She has managed data collection and field research in Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Ethiopia in the field. She specializes in qualitative methods which include key informant interviews, focus groups and case studies, with various actors in academia and humanitarian/development organisation. Previously she briefly worked with Samuel Hall as a Project Manager where she focused on migration and displacement as she led research projects in Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda).She has participated in several international and local conferences and seminars including the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD). In addition, she has contributed to discussions on human trafficking, gender and migration, development issues, media and perceptions on immigration as well as issues concerning the African diaspora. She specializes issues concerning the African diaspora from return migration, integration and remittances, to forced displacement within Kenya, Eastern and the Horn of Africa, human trafficking and migrant smuggling among others. She pays special attention to the perspective and role of female migrants.
Natalie Chimwemwe Chaponda
Human Resource Officer
Ms. Natalie Chaponda joined the African Migration and Development Policy Centre in 2013 as an Administrator and Human Resource Officer. She oversees administrative and human resource strategies and works closely with managers on all aspects of people and performance management. She has facilitated several projects for AMADPOC, managed client relationships and ensured the successful running of workshops and seminars led by AMADPOC. Natalie plays a crucial role in terms of managing consultative meetings between AMADPOC and its existing and prospective client as well as solicits research opportunities from a wide range of organization. She holds an MA in in Organizational Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Marketing for the United States International University (USIU).
Her previous engagements include administration, marketing and sales at Crossway Psychometrics Institute, Sika East Africa and RIWIK East Africa. In addition she has trained in psychometric assessment tools such as the Mayers Brigs Type Inventory test and the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT), which adds value to AMADPOC’s operations. Her motto is to face life every day with confidence and striving skywards without fear of the limits.
Mr. Victor Osano is the Administrative Assistant for AMADPOC with years of experience in events management, logistics and procurement. He also provides office support for management and is responsible for filing, managing phone queries, receiving visitors of AMADPOC, word processing, diary management, filing as well as management of the Resource Centre. He works closely with the Administrator, HR Officer, Finance Officer and senior management to ensure the smooth operation of the office. He comes with work experience from the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) where he provided technical support in sound production for a range of UN hosted conferences. He has also worked with the United Nations Support Office for AMISON (UNSOA) as a Movement Controller leading administration activities and managing the Movement Control Unit. He has provided multimodal movement to the support sector through planning, coordinating and monitoring movement of bulky goods and office materials from source to destination. With this experience, Victor has been responsible for shaping the management of events, logistics and procurement for AMADPOC. He holds a Diploma from Zetech University and a Diploma in Computer Electronics/Hardware from St Joseph the worker Technical Training Institute.