Maina Kiai, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, is the former, and founding, Chairman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). Maina is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy; he is also a member of the Steering Committee of the African Democracy Forum, the regional African grouping of the World Movement for Democracy.
Prior to taking up his position with the National Commission, Maina Kiai was the Director, Africa Programs at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) based in Washington DC from July 2001. Before that, Mr. Kiai was the Africa Director at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, UK from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Kiai is the founding Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission where he served from September 1992 to September 1998.
In 2003, he was honoured by being installed as a Chief of the Mende community in Sierra Leone for services in human rights to the community including capacity building on human rights and democracy and support for human rights in Sierra Leone.