Ann Waithaka

Ann Waithaka

Senior Communications Officer

ABOUT Ann Waithaka

Ann works with the Synergy Unit of the Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Division. She supports translating research evidence into practical, actionable information for policymakers, decision-makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders involved in the research-to-evidence and evidence-to-action ecosystems. 

In her immediate former role, she was the Program Communications Officer for the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), driving the program’s communication and visibility efforts. She led online engagement (website development and maintenance and social media engagement), media relations, and brand building and oversaw publication production. She also drove the implementation of the program’s communication and stakeholder engagement strategies. 


Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Development Communication from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, with a minor in Graphics and Advertising, from Moi University. She is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), 2019, and the Emerging Leaders Foundation, 2018. In 2017, she was a Technical Committee Member of KNCHR’s election monitoring hub that oversaw nationwide election monitoring – collected, analyzed, and documented data and, after that, engaged with policymakers and relevant actors to take up the recommendations.

She is an all-rounded communications practitioner with a research/science communications bias. Before joining APHRC, she worked at the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) where she supported the organization to develop and implement external and internal communications strategies. She has also worked at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) as a data analyst in a Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) Project, offering communication, analytical, and administrative support.

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