Mwende Njiraini is a Telecommunication Engineer by profession. Ms Njiraini currently works for the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and has since 2006 been an online tutor of DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP).
At the CCK, Mwende has been involved in the regulator-service provider negotiations that resulted in the licensing of the Internet Exchange Point (IXP), the ruling on the dispute between the incumbent Telkom Kenya and (ISPs) in the provision of Internet services. She has been responsible for the research and publishing of public consultation papers on standard guidelines for new and emerging technologies including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
In addition, Mwende has managed several projects including the establishment of the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), which has gained recognition as benchmark for public private partnerships (PPP) in country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) management. More recently, she was the Mobile Number Portability project manager, making Kenya the 2nd Sub-Saharan country to successfully launch the service.
Mwende represents the organisations she is affiliated to at various local and international forums notably the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T Study Group 17) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens, 2006, Hyderabad, 2008, Sharm El Sheikh, 2009, Vilnius, 2010, and Nairobi, 2011.
Mwende is a Bachelor of Technology graduate in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University. She holds a Master of Communications Management with Merit in Business Management, Coventry University, and a Master of Communications Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Mwende enjoys salsa dancer, cake baking and decoration, bird watching and photography.