Francis Kairu is GFI’s Africa Policy and Outreach Coordinator. He is currently responsible for outreach, research and analysis for Africa-focused projects on illicit financial flows and beneficial ownership.
Prior to joining GFI, Mr. Kairu worked on anti-corruption, asset recovery, natural resource governance, access to justice, policy and legislative reforms and illicit financial flows in several international NGOs, such as the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), Landesa, Resource Equity and Transparency International Kenya. He has worked on these issues in the US, Zimbabwe and Kenya. He has extensive experience working with government agencies, civil society organizations, media groups and communities strengthening technical capacity to respond to emerging and complex legal issues.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from the University of South Africa and a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Washington, with a focus on Sustainable International Development. From 2016-2017, Mr. Kairu was a Barer Institute Fellow at the University of Washington.