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Who We Are

“OUT OF AFRICA, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW.” ARISTOTLE

The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is of Africa and for Africa.

AISA is dedicated to transforming student learning by leading and supporting professional growth, good governance, strategic thinking, and the wellbeing of the entire AISA community of schools.

The strategic objectives of AISA specify that AISA services, resources, and networks will:

Our Commitment To Your Wellbeing

Adult and student safety and wellbeing are critical foundations for learning. AISA believes that all students and staff, regardless of age, special needs, gender, race, culture, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or family circumstance, have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse. We are committed to helping member schools embrace diversity and inclusion and create communities where all are safe, nurtured, respected, accepted and protected.

Our Commitment to You

Other Regional Associations

As an association committed to nurturing the growth and development of international schools across the African continent, AISA is thankful to the partnerships it has established.

The wide array of partners reflects the diverse and myriad needs of our member school community.

 

  • Regional Education Associations

    AISA shares a unique relationship with those associations representing international schools in other sub-regions around the globe.
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  • Programme Partner

    AISA acknowledges the significant and ongoing support afforded it from the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools.
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AISA Team

  • Dr. Peter Bateman

    Dr. Peter Bateman

    Executive Director

    PhD in Education (UK), a Masters Degree in Micro Technology in Education (UK); Bachelor of Education Degree (Australia); Post Graduate Diploma in Online Instruction (USA).

    Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Dr. Peter Bateman

    Executive Director

    PhD in Education (UK), a Masters Degree in Micro Technology in Education (UK); Bachelor of Education Degree (Australia); Post Graduate Diploma in Online Instruction (USA).

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Dr. Peter Bateman

    Born in Australia, Dr. Peter Bateman has worked in the education sector in Africa for the past 25 years during which time he has developed a particular interest in differentiated approaches to supporting Professional Learning for international educators.

    Having been an educator and administrator in International schools, Peter also has an interest in developing and facilitating online Communities of Practice that enable collaboration.

    Peter holds a PhD in Education (UK), a Masters Degree in Micro Technology in Education (UK), a Bachelor of Education Degree (Australia), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Online Instruction (USA).

    He was recently selected to participate in the Leadership for the 21st Century program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Message from Executive Director

  • Dr. Graham Carlini Watts

    Dr. Graham Carlini Watts

    Deputy Executive Director (Professional Learning & Strategic Partnerships)

    M. Ed, PGCE, B.A. (Hons), COGE

    London, UK

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  • Dr. Graham Carlini Watts

    Deputy Executive Director (Professional Learning & Strategic Partnerships)

    M. Ed, PGCE, B.A. (Hons), COGE

    London, UK

    Dr. Graham Carlini Watts

    Graham is an educational writer, advisor and consultant with experience in leading professional learning in over 25 countries. He has published educational books in the UK and the USA as well as published articles and peer-reviewed papers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

    Before joining AISA, Graham was Global Director of Education and Training for an international children’s wellbeing charity; forming strategic partnerships with major funders, research partners, government agencies and universities.

    Graham recently completed his doctoral study at the University College London Institute of Education. His thesis explored host nation teachers’ experience of professional development in international schools in Africa.

  • Chanel Worsteling

    Chanel Worsteling

    Child Protection & Wellbeing Programme Coordinator

    Masters in International & Community Development

    Brisbane, Australia

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  • Chanel Worsteling

    Child Protection & Wellbeing Programme Coordinator

    Masters in International & Community Development

    Brisbane, Australia

    Chanel Worsteling

    Currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Chanel has spent the best part of the previous 10 years living and working overseas including Cambodia, New Zealand and Kenya.

    Thrive. In a word, this has been her passion, driving initiatives that enable communities, organisations and individuals to flourish. As such, her career has been spent in the non-profit sector working in both small and large organisations, primarily in the areas of programme management, communications and organisational leadership.

    Chanel has a Masters in International & Community Development and is currently undertaking a Masters in Counselling.

    When not working, Chanel loves to explore local markets, read, travel and practice yoga.

  • William Thuku

    William Thuku

    Finance & Administration Manager

    M.S.Fin., B.B.M., Certificate of Proficiency, Certified Public Accountant

    Nairobi, Kenya

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  • William Thuku

    Finance & Administration Manager

    M.S.Fin., B.B.M., Certificate of Proficiency, Certified Public Accountant

    Nairobi, Kenya

    William Thuku

    William is an Accountant by profession having achieved a Masters of Science in Finance from Kenyatta University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management (Finance and Banking); attaining a First class Honours from Moi University. He also has a Certificate of Proficiency from College of Insurance and is a Certified Public Accountant, Kenya.

    William has vast experience in Financial and Management accounting having worked for Multinational companies such as Aga Khan Education Services and Finlay’s horticulture for several years.

    William enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

  • Steve Muthiitene

    Steve Muthiitene

    Events, Marketing & Communications Manager

    MStrategic Management; BCom

    Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Steve Muthiitene

    Events, Marketing & Communications Manager

    MStrategic Management; BCom

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Steve Muthiitene

    Steve is the Events, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management and a Bachelors degree in Finance.

    Steve has had experience in Banking, Management Consulting and Real Estate and is passionate about managing projects with efficiency, detail and timeliness.

    In his spare time, Steve enjoys travelling, spending time with family, listening to and dancing to music.

  • Barnabas Suva

    Barnabas Suva

    Membership and Administration Manager

    MStrategic Management, BS International Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant

    Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Barnabas Suva

    Membership and Administration Manager

    MStrategic Management, BS International Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Barnabas Suva

    Barnabas Suva is an accomplished professional with a strong passion for international education. He currently serves as the membership and administration Manager at the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), where he plays a key role in managing the membership of almost 100 international member schools spread across Africa and over 80 associate members.

    Barnabas joined AISA in 2013 as an administrative officer, having previously served as a teaching assistant at the International School of Kenya (ISK) for five years. His dedication and commitment to excellence in his work saw him rise through the ranks to his current position as membership and administration Manager.

    At AISA, Barnabas is responsible for overseeing the membership process, managing membership data, and providing support to member schools. He is also involved in the planning and execution of AISA events and conferences, which are aimed at promoting professional growth and school effectiveness among member schools.

    Barnabas holds a Master’s in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa (USIU). He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya (ICPAK). He also has a Teaching Assistant Diploma from Penn Foster University, USA.

    Barnabas’ strong academic background and professional certifications have enabled him to excel in his role at AISA. He is a passionate advocate for international education and is proud to be serving the AISA community. His expertise in strategic management, administration, and accounting has been instrumental in ensuring the continued growth and success of AISA

    Outside of work, Barnabas enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. He is also an avid reader and a keen follower of current affairs. His dedication and commitment to his work and the international education community have earned him respect and admiration from colleagues and peers alike.

  • Richard Moire

    Richard Moire

    Membership Engagement Officer

    B.A in Film, Television studies and Communications

    Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Richard Moire

    Membership Engagement Officer

    B.A in Film, Television studies and Communications

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Richard Moire

    Meet Richard Moire, our Membership Engagement Officer. Richard brings a solid background in communication to our team, bolstered by a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television Studies, and Communication from Exeter University. With nearly ten years in the education sector, Richard knows how to create messages that resonate with our members. His methodical and targeted approach ensures every communication effort has the most significant possible impact. Richard’s dedication to quality is a constant in his work.

    In his free time, Richard enjoys travelling, attending various events, and going on hikes to unwind and enjoy nature.

  • Mariah Karimi

    Mariah Karimi

    Accounts Administration Officer

    B.Com, Finance; CPA (K)

    Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Mariah Karimi

    Accounts Administration Officer

    B.Com, Finance; CPA (K)

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Mariah Karimi

    Mariah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Finance Major. She is also a certified public accountant, CPA (K). As the AISA Accounts & Administration Officer, Mariah will be responsible for processing financial transactions, maintaining financial records, preparing vendor payments and overseeing the AISA Nairobi office administration.

    In her free time, Mariah is involved with community work with the Rotary International Club, where she is currently serving as an advisor to the board of the Rotary Club of Karura. She loves travelling and reading books.

AISA Board

AISA’S NEW GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

For over five decades, the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), has been developing and delivering strategic programmes supporting professional growth, good governance, strategic thinking, service learning, child protection, DEIJ and wellbeing in international schools across the continent.

Following the AISA conference last October 2022, the AISA Board embarked on a new and exciting journey to transform the board make-up and structure to align with best governance practices and to improve its diverse and inclusive representation. The AISA board is now formed using a hybrid model comprising five elected School Heads from within AISA’s membership and four appointed members who do not need to be Heads of Schools and may be from within or outside the AISA membership.

Click the Board Member profiles below to learn more about the current Board.

  • Dan Jubert

    Dan Jubert

    Chairperson

    Ed.D in International Education

    Cape Town, South Africa

    American International School of Cape Town

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  • Dan Jubert

    Chairperson

    Ed.D in International Education

    Cape Town, South Africa

    American International School of Cape Town

    Dan Jubert

    Dan Jubert is the Head of School at the American International School of Cape Town. He has served as an administrator and school counselor overseas since 2006, previously in Shanghai, China and San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

    Dan holds an Ed.D in International Education from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with state licenses in school counseling and school administration.

    Dan values the unique combination of school counseling and school leadership viewpoints as it encourages constant reflection, mutual understanding, and a strong solution-focused approach. Dan’s doctoral dissertation examined the intercultural competence of international school administrators and he looks to build off of the rich research in this area. Dan joined the AISA board in 2017 and currently serves as the Board Chair. Dan also sits on the AISA Board Governance and Continuity Committee.

  • Fatma Odaymat

    Fatma Odaymat

    Vice-Chairperson

    M Public Health, M Programme IEP (ongoing) Bsc Biology, Dip in Educational Leadership

    Accra, Ghana

    Al-Rayan International School

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  • Fatma Odaymat

    Vice-Chairperson

    M Public Health, M Programme IEP (ongoing) Bsc Biology, Dip in Educational Leadership

    Accra, Ghana

    Al-Rayan International School

    Fatma Odaymat

    Dr Odaymat was born in Ghana and completed her primary education in West Africa. Before joining the world of International Education, she was involved in developing and managing education and protection programmes for children of all ages in Africa and the Middle East.

    As a United Nations Officer and a consultant, she designed and managed programmes for Early Childhood Development, building and rehabilitating schools, working on mental health, and peer-to-peer youth projects, providing learning opportunities for teachers, and working with governments on the ratification of education and protection policies.

    Dr Odaymat brings that global experience to Al-Rayan International School where she works with more than 190 staff to ensure that the students enjoy the highest standards in international education, focusing on international-mindedness and service learning. Fatma is the Chair of the AISA Board Governance and Continuity Committee (GovCom).

    Dr Fatma Odaymat has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and is a Medical Doctor by training. She also holds a Masters in Public Health, a Diploma in Educational Leadership and a Master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

  • Michael Breece

    Michael Breece

    Treasurer

    MA - Educational Leadership, BA - Elementary Education

    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

    International Community School of Abidjan

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  • Michael Breece

    Treasurer

    MA - Educational Leadership, BA - Elementary Education

    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

    International Community School of Abidjan

    Michael Breece

    Michael Breece was introduced to international education and AISA as a 19-year-old student at the College of New Jersey where he earned a BA in Elementary Education. He was offered the opportunity to do his student teaching abroad and found himself headed to The Gambia. After spending two months at the Banjul American Embassy School, he fell in love with being a part of a small international school in Africa and upon graduation, returned and taught for three years.

    Michael later moved to Asmara International Community School in Eritrea, where he spent four years, beginning as a teacher and then moving into administration after earning an MA in Educational Leadership. Following this, he joined schools in Abu Dhabi and Jakarta, however, yearned to return to Africa, which led him to serve as the Director of the American School of Douala (ASD) in Cameroon. After six years in Douala, Michael has joined the International Community School of Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire as its Director. Michael is joined by his wife and two daughters.

    Michael thrives on the unique challenges of schools on the continent, as well as the benefits, such as a close-knit community and the capacity to be agile, as we navigate a world of increasing uncertainty and rapid change. Michael is the Board Treasurer and Chair of the AISA Board Finance Committee.

  • Dan Mullen

    Dan Mullen

    Secretary

    Ed.D. Leadership, M.Ed.in Leadership, M.Ed. K-12 Education, B.S. Physical Sciences

    Kinshasa, DRC

    The American School of Kinshasa

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  • Dan Mullen

    Secretary

    Ed.D. Leadership, M.Ed.in Leadership, M.Ed. K-12 Education, B.S. Physical Sciences

    Kinshasa, DRC

    The American School of Kinshasa

    Dan Mullen

    Dan Mullen currently serves as the Director of The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He began his African experience as a middle school student and son of teachers at AIS Lagos, and since then has worked in Harare, Zimbabwe, Hangzhou, China, and Casablanca, Morocco. He started his career as a Math & Science teacher, with extensive experience teaching and leading schools at various implementation levels of the International Baccalaureate (IB) while benefitting from AISA’s professional growth opportunities over the years. Dan recently completed his Doctorate, researching how effective leaders develop Cultural Competency in new staff as they transition to a new school, specifically looking at effective recruiting practices, staff orientation, and ongoing immersion into the host country’s culture.

    As a member of the AISA Community, Dan realizes the importance that AISA plays in supporting our regional teachers and leaders with a strategic focus on student learning. Dan is the AISA Board Secretary and sits on the AISA Board Finance Committee.

  • Anna Marsden

    Anna Marsden

    Member at Large

    MSc, MEd.

    Moshi, Tanzania

    UWC East Africa (UWCEA)

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  • Anna Marsden

    Member at Large

    MSc, MEd.

    Moshi, Tanzania

    UWC East Africa (UWCEA)

    Anna Marsden

    Anna Marsden has been the Director of UWC East Africa (UWCEA) in northern Tanzania since August 2017. Prior to this, she was Head of School at International School Suva in the Fiji Islands and Director of Students at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland. Whilst in Fiji, Anna served on the Board of EARCOS for several years. Before moving into school administration she was a chemistry teacher and still gets into the classroom as much as she can.

    Anna believes schools need to provide a relatively safe environment where young people can test themselves and try out new ideas as they grow and try to make sense of the world around them. Anna is the Chair of the AISA Board Membership Committee.

  • Elizabeth Imende

    Elizabeth Imende

    Member at Large

    B.A. English, Ed.M. Teaching & Learning

    Los Angeles, California

    Chadwick School

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  • Elizabeth Imende

    Member at Large

    B.A. English, Ed.M. Teaching & Learning

    Los Angeles, California

    Chadwick School

    Elizabeth Imende

    Elizabeth Imende is a seasoned educator and administrator with over 20 years of experience in the field. As the founder and director of Advancing Educators, Elizabeth has a proven track record of supporting teachers and administrators in improving their practice. With a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and an Ed.M. in Teaching & Learning from Harvard University, Elizabeth is licensed by Research for Better Teaching and has led over 2000 educators in workshops and school-based graduate courses.

    Elizabeth does school-based training for administrators, boards, faculty, staff and students on diversity, equity, and inclusion; she also has a passion for advancing women in leadership positions. In her work, she helps schools and educational organizations to develop strategic plans that identify and capitalize on their unique differentiators and forward the school’s mission. She has worked with schools and organizations across the globe, including in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and East and Southern Africa, providing expert consultation on a range of educational topics such as curriculum design, instructional clarity, and the development of thinking skills and student leaders.

    Currently, Elizabeth is a full-time senior administrator at a K-12 independent school in Los Angeles. Elizabeth is the incoming Executive Director of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) for 2024. Before taking up this role, Elizabeth will sit on the AISA Board Finance Committee.

  • Nneka Johnson

    Nneka Johnson

    Member at Large

    B. Sociology, M. Instructional Technology, PhD. Curriculum and Instruction

    Atlanta, GA

    Council of International Schools

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  • Nneka Johnson

    Member at Large

    B. Sociology, M. Instructional Technology, PhD. Curriculum and Instruction

    Atlanta, GA

    Council of International Schools

    Nneka Johnson

    In July 2023, Dr Nneka Johnson will become the first Fellow at the Council of International Schools (CIS). Before joining CIS, she spent five years at the International School of Dakar, where she held the position of Director of Innovation and Strategic Development. During this time Nneka developed a strong reputation for leadership, innovation and expertise in Design Thinking and workshop facilitation. In 2019, Nneka joined AISA’s Professional Learning Design Team, involving her in the planning, delivery and evaluation of professional learning across the African continent.

    Recently, Nneka has been appointed as a member of the AISA Board in recognition of her leadership skills, insight into international education, and strong dedication to enhancing student learning.

    Nneka’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Queens College in New York City, a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University in Atlanta. Nneka sits on the AISA Board Membership Committee.

  • Lesley Tait

    Lesley Tait

    Member at Large

    MA (Honors) Educational Administration

    Accra, Ghana

    Lincoln Community School

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  • Lesley Tait

    Member at Large

    MA (Honors) Educational Administration

    Accra, Ghana

    Lincoln Community School

    Lesley Tait

    Lesley is currently the Head of School at Lincoln Community School in Accra, Ghana. Originally from New Zealand, where she worked as a public school principal, she has now been in the international teaching world for the past 12 years. She served as the Elementary Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning at the American Cooperative School of Tunis, Tunisia and then as the Director of Teaching and Learning and Interim Head of School at the American School of Brasilia, Brazil. She holds a Masters Degree (Honors) in Educational Administration from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

    Lesley is a strong believer in the importance of listening to the many voices in guiding and leading our schools and along with the team from LCS is working hard to ensure that this is part of the daily life of the school. Really listening to the thoughts and opinions of staff, students and parents is fundamental to her work.

    She is also passionate about ensuring that each student knows and understands how to be a learner, where they are up to in that process and where they need to go next. However, her definition of learning is not confined to the academic subjects of a school; learning to be a great person who is well and happy, ready to lead the world is also important to her. Lesley sits on the AISA Board Membership Committee.

  • Wayne Burnett

    Wayne Burnett

    Member at Large

    BA Sociology, B.Ed., M.Ed., Grad. Dip. Educational Technology, Ed.D. Instructional Technology & Distance Education

    Abuja, Nigeria

    American International School of Abuja

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  • Wayne Burnett

    Member at Large

    BA Sociology, B.Ed., M.Ed., Grad. Dip. Educational Technology, Ed.D. Instructional Technology & Distance Education

    Abuja, Nigeria

    American International School of Abuja

    Wayne Burnett

    Wayne Burnett is the Early Childhood and Elementary School Principal at the American International School of Abuja. He has worked overseas in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia before moving to Nigeria in July 2022. He has worked as a (mostly upper) elementary teacher, English immersion teacher, ICT/information literacy teacher/coach, founding divisional principal and head of the campus.

    Wayne has a BA (Sociology) and B.Ed. from Glendon College, York University; M.Ed. from OISE, University of Toronto; a Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology from Cape Breton University; and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. His dissertation focussed on the teaching of elementary school science using educational robotics and he’s pleased he was able to play (or rather learn) with LEGO for his doctoral work.

    Besides technology across the curriculum, Wayne has interests in second language acquisition, DEIJ, elementary engineering, and professional development. Wayne sits on the AISA Board Governance and Continuity Committee.

About AISA

Over the past five decades, our international schools across Africa have experienced environments of immense, sometimes unprecedented change. Faced with these challenges, AISA’s support has been unwavering. Our presentation of world-class professional learning opportunities and advisory services to our members is ongoing, offerings that are based on continuous research into the specific needs of international schools on the continent.

Our member schools vary greatly. While all teach in English – a prerequisite – some are large with over 2000 students, while others have less than 100 students in the entire school. They may be non-profit or proprietary, religiously affiliated, or not. Curricula also vary, with the American, British, International Baccalaureate or some combination of the three being offered. Whatever the size or affiliation, we provide a forum for educators to connect with and learn from each other.

In addition, we provide our members with access to world-leading experts, advisors, and facilitators specialising in essential matters such as school governance and leadership, professional learning, blended learning, child protection and wellbeing, inclusive education, innovation and technology, and more.

AISA’s membership also includes some 80 Associate Members comprising businesses, organisations and universities throughout the world whose primary mission is to serve the various needs of our schools. Their contribution to improving student learning is invaluable.

AISA exists to ensure that our members are always learning and growing, thereby creating a fertile environment within which fresh, new ideas and practices can inspire students to focus, flourish and fully prepare themselves to become global citizens.

We believe that:

  • Being open to differences leads to knowledge and understanding
  • All individuals have intrinsic worth
  • Nurturing is necessary for growth and change
  • Personal fulfillment derives from defining a sense of purpose and making connections through service to others
  • A sense of belonging enables people and communities to thrive
  • All people want to learn, and people learn differently
  • When people work together better outcomes are more likely
  • The development of international-mindedness is fundamental to being successful in an interconnected world

Contact us

Physical address
International School of Kenya Campus, Peponi Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Postal Address
P.O. Box 14103 - 00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone
+254 (20) 2697442 / 8076067
Emails
General Email: info@aisa.or.ke
AISA Conferences: conferences@aisa.or.ke
AISA Accounts: accounts@aisa.or.ke
AISA Marketing: marketing@aisa.or.ke
Executive Director: director@aisa.or.ke
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