Melba is the current Director of the Extractives Baraza, formerly known as the Information Centre for Extractives Sector (ICES), based at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. The Extractives Baraza is an advocacy-neutral public platform that promotes knowledge, transparency and evidence-based stakeholder dialogue on the extractives sector in Kenya. Its ultimate goal is to enhance citizen participation in the governance of Kenya’s extractives sector. The platform is currently funded through the Kenya Extractives Program (“KEXPRO”) managed by Oxford Policy Management.
Previously, Melba was the (Founding) Director of the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC). She also worked as a Special Project Advisor on Extractives and Human Rights at the Katiba Institute and legal adviser and senior researcher in the Office of the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya. She was a legal associate at one of New York’s premier law firms, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Melba has substantive experience working with various governmental and non-governmental institutions locally and internationally in the areas of legal research, public participation, community engagement strategies, and access to justice for women. She has carried out a variety of research initiatives on transparency, good governance & sustainability of the extractives sector. Melba holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (Law) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and is admitted to practice as an attorney at the New York State Bar.