Xchange Perspectives East Africa


Pius Muriithi

Pius is a strong proponent of community driven development approaches. He has over ten (10) years of international experience working with civil society and local government in areas of emergency response and institutional development. Pius has been instrumental in designing and rolling out comprehensive organisational development training programs for civil society organisations and local government institutions in disaster, conflict and post-conflict environments in the Horn of Africa. Pius is an expert in grant management, monitoring and evaluation, institutional development, practical application of participatory and adult education techniques, public information, community-based peace building and disaster management, social accountability and auditing, analytical problem solving and strategic planning.



Gerald Ngaruiya

Gerald joined the XCP team when the idea of Xchange Perspectives E.A. first sprang back in 2011. Gerald has been working for more than eight years in street children rehabilitation, youth and women empowerment and video making and photography. Gerald is as well the founder of Graficos Studios, an informal media academy providing skills to the youth of Kawangware in Nairobi. Being a creative, strong-willed, and dynamic person, his skills have contributed to enriching XCP, and are surely an important addition to the XCP E.A. team. His deep knowledge of the needs of his native country Kenya will with no doubt further the work of XCP in the country and the region as a whole.




Leila Bendra
Programme Advisor
Interested in conceptual development and practical application of peace processes, Leila has spent the past three years investigating the potentialities of peace in the fields of education, gender and media. Her strong analytical skills allow her to grasp the multiple facets of conflicts and to communicate fitting all inclusive transformation processes. Her background in peace and conflict, communication, political science and international and human rights law in addition to her exposure to different cultural contexts around the world, enable her to grasp the intricate networks of interdependencies governing both local and global issues. Leila’s expertise ranges from proposal writing, editing and translation, management of external communications with all partners, to project and programme planning.



Dominik Lehnert
Programme Advisor
In addition to being the developer of the Media for Peace framework, used in all the media initiatives supported by Xchange Perspectives, Dominik has to his account more than ten years expertise in developing and producing varieties of media formats and in international commercial and non-profit communications and campaigns. He has worked for over five years as a freelance consultant for international peace and development organizations in various countries. Dominik’s expertise covers as well the full range of project and programme development, implementation and evaluation. His strong and cross-cutting backgrounds in peace and conflict, media for change, business administration and journalism give him a well-rounded experience and capacity to lead Xchange Perspectives forward in its work for peace.