Chris Mburu


Chris Mburua graduate of the Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Masters Program, is an international human rights lawyer from Kenya, currently serving as the UN Senior Human Rights Advisor in Kigali, Rwanda.

He was previously serving as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on anti-discrimination work.

A graduate of University of Nairobi (LL.B) and Harvard Law School (LL.M), Mr Mburu has worked on human rights, governance, democracy, peace and conflict resolution issues for over 20 years and has served in many countries including USA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Prior to his transfer to Geneva, he served as Advisor on Democracy for the UN Regional Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.


He has previously worked with leading human rights organizations and policy think-tanks, including Global Rights, the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International.

In 2001, while still working with the UN, Mr Mburu started the Hilde Back Education Fund, a charitable organization in Kenya whose work is to support the education of bright children from poor families.


Hilde Back and Chris Mburu

He named it after a Swedish woman, Ms Hilde Back, a holocaust survivor who supported his education when he was a poor child growing up in a village in Kenya.

The story of Chris and Hilde became the subject of an Emmy-nominated Hollywood documentary film called “A Small Act” which debuted at the Sundance Festival in 2010 and was voted among the Top-10 audience favorites at the Toronto HotDocs Festival the same year. It was featured extensively in the international media.


More information about this film can be obtained from


Kenyan primary school students in the documentary A Small Act