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Martin Atela (Kenya)


Martin Atela is a Director in the East and Southern Africa team at IDinsight, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Martin leads client development efforts in the region, building new relationships and leading the execution of high-impact projects. His sectoral focus includes health systems strengthening, governance, social protection, and primary care.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Martin was the Uptake Director for the FCDO-Supported African Cities Research Consortium, the head of Research and Policy at the Partnership for African Social & Governance Research (PASGR), and the Scientific Lead for the Social Science Research Council’s Mercury Research and Uptake Project – Health Ambassadors in sub-Saharan Africa. At PASGR, Martin provided strategic and technical leadership for multi-country research and uptake projects, in the process mentoring and developing several young African researchers while delivering demand-driven evidence to a variety of development actors. He is an accomplished evidence-to-policy expert credited with the transformation of PASGR’s evidence-to-policy programme ‘Utafiti Sera’ from an idea to a globally recognised African-led evidence-to-policy approach supporting 15 active communities of practice to enhance evidence uptake and use across several African countries.

Martin holds an Advanced Certificate in Health and Human Rights from the University of Geneva, MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, MSc (Multiple Degree) in International Health from the Universities of Copenhagen, Edinburgh & Amsterdam, and a PhD in Public Health & Primary Care from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, Martin won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the Shell Centenary Leadership Awards. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Programme in Public Policy.