Mr. Shem Ochola leads on programmatic and grant-making priorities as the Foundation’s eleventh Deputy Director-General.
Mr. Ochola brings over 20 years of experience in programme management, governance, and policy influence in appointments spanning civil society, the private sector, academia, and government.
He began his career as a lecturer in Economics at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies before working at the High Commission for Pakistan as a Trade Development Officer.
Also early in his career, he co-founded the Sugar Campaign for Change, a campaign for reforms in the sugar industury. Later, he joined ActionAid Kenya as Parliamentary Liaison Programmes Officer before becoming the organisation’s Head of Governance, where from 2005 to 2008, he played a significant role in establishing the Movement for Political Accountability, a citizen-led coalition aimed at empowering Kenyans to hold their public leadership to account. During the 2007-2008 Kenyan crisis, he served as a technical committee member to the Kenyan Cabinet Sub-Committee on the National Accord, which developed a strategy for national reconciliation, including social and economic recovery.
His recent appointments include Regional Policy and Partnerships Director at the Aga Khan Foundation, East Africa and Director of Programme Development and Grants Acquisition at World Vision. Just prior to joining the Foundation, Shem was Head of Network Development and Coordination at HelpAge International, where he led the Africa global hub in network development, advocacy, campaigns, and communications.