Martin’s international career in International Development spans over 10 years. He has led teams across Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, South Africa and Somalia. With his in-depth knowledge of (current) African Development approaches and ample experience with large complex donor funded programs, he has also actively engaged on regional communications initiatives in Africa and beyond. More recently, he has been featured among 50 communications experts in the continent contributing to Africa’s socio-economic rise.
Martin holds a Masters of Science Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an undergraduate degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nairobi.
He has attended various executive courses including Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) organised by the Springfield Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, Using Storytelling for Advocacy in Turkey organised by the Open Society Foundation. He is certified by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) in; HIV/AIDS, TB & Human Rights in Africa, Investment in Excellence by the Pacific Institute, and in The Outcome Harvesting Evaluation Methodology. From his M4P training, he has contributed to ‘Communications for M4P Handbook’ published by Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa).
In his career path, Mr. Namasaka has had the chance to be part of a team that formulated the regional Ebola Communications and Prevention road map, to prevent the spread of Ebola, for the entire African continent alongside organizations such as the African Union (AU), World Health Organization (WHO), World Council of Churches (WCC), UNICEF, ECOWAS, BBC Media Action, and the International Federation of Red Cross in Dakar Senegal. This experience contributed to his research paper “There is no Ebola Here: Lessons from Uganda and Liberia on the Political Economy of Epidemics” published by the Public Sphere Journal-a journal of international policy studies which aims to address some of today’s most important policy dilemmas via evidence-based research in economics and political science).
Specialties: Leadership, ideation, general management, innovation, social and economic impact, sustainable development, documenting impact stories, African development, reputational risk, copy editing, video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro), graphics design, infographics, (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), photography, reporting, knowledge management, targeted dissemination, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, crisis communications, creative repositioning, PR, regional media and communication strategies, market research & analysis, branding, social media strategies, change management and global campaigns.
During his studies at the LSE, he participated in the 2015 BBC Africa Debate on, “Has Africa Outgrown Development Aid?” (30mins), in London.
He has given a masterclass on ‘Development of PR and Communication Strategies’ at the Strathmore Business School in 2018.
In 2018, he also mentored 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce Students at Strathmore University on leadership, his life experiences, on the job lessons, the kind of leaders he has worked with, what he has learned from them, qualities of leaders he admires, influencing styles he has used to get things, leadership challenges, dilemmas and how to be effective amidst setbacks.