Programs Director, Brydges Centre
Nafula Wafula is a fierce advocate for gender equality and human rights and is passionate about Pan-Africanism, youth empowerment and social justice. She is currently the Vice Chairperson for Policy and Advocacy at the Commonwealth Youth Council. She is also the Programs Director at Brydges Centre, an organization that provides child rescue and protection services, education and economic empowerment to at-risk youth and out-of-school girls. Nafula currently leads the centre’s skills development program which has successfully trained 227 young people in vocational skills, tech, entrepreneurship and employability skills. She is also a consultant with a focus on gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence prevention and intervention, advocacy and effective campaigning and meaningful youth engagement. She currently serves as on the board of International Youth Foundation (IYF) and is a board member of Siasa Place, a youth serving organization focused on meaningful youth engagement and participation in political leadership, as well as the Global Network of Women’s Shelters. She also serves on the Board of Kenya’s National Employment Authority, which provides for a comprehensive institutional framework for: employment management; enhancement of employment promotion interventions; and increasing access to employment by the youth, minorities and marginalized groups and for connected purposes.
Nafula was selected for the prestigious 2019 Future Leaders Connect program and is a Laureate Global Fellow (2015), an East Africa Acumen Fellow (2015), a Spark Kenya Changemaker (2015), and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is also a founding member of the Commonwealth Youth, Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) on which she previously served as an executive member addressing early and child marriage, and a member of the committee addressing issues affecting youth transitioning from education to employment. She holds a Law Degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.