We are delighted that James Kimani joined us as our first staff member to be based in Africa. James took up his post as Book Aid International’s East Africa Representative on 2 May 2010. A Kenyan citizen, James is based in Nairobi. In collaboration with staff in London, he will be managing and developing our programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and building relations with funders, partners and other organisations in the region.
After completing a B Ed in Library Sciences and an MPhil in Information Sciences at Moi University in Kenya, James has worked for the past 15 years in education, health and development with a focus on communication, information and knowledge management with government departments, NGOs and community based organisations in 13 African countries. From 2006-2010 he was Programme Manager for Africa for Healthlink Worldwide and has worked as a consultant for a range of organisations including UNAIDS, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. James has been closely involved with the development and training of the health sections in libraries project in Kenya with Book Aid International and the Kenya National Library Service.