Dr. Godfrey O. Odongo

Member, Executive Council
Godfrey O. Odongo is a Senior Program Officer with the Human Rights Program at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a private grant making foundation based in New York and Washington D.C. In this role he manages funding portfolios and partnerships that support increased capacities of ecosystems of civil society organizations advancing human rights norms and social change. He was visiting research fellow (2020-21) at the Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program. Odongo has previously served as a regional research expert with Amnesty International’s International Secretariat; in a program advisory role with Save the Children-Sweden and research fellowship roles with the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, since 2003, he holds a doctorate (PhD) in international human rights law from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Moi University, Kenya and a postgraduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He is the author of several peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles and research reports on a range of human rights issues particularly socio-economic and children’s human rights from an African perspective.