Phyllis Muema is a Senior Fellow at the Global Center and the Executive Director of Kenya Community Support Centre. She is a social development expert and local practitioner on countering violent extremism (CVE) issues in Kenya with experience designing projects that respond to violent extremism drivers, building local capacities for community groups and civil society and policy dialogues. She participated in the development of the draft Kenyan National Policy on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management and the draft Kenyan National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism and is a member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, where she provided community perspectives on CVE. She is a guest speaker on the role of civil society in confronting terrorism at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and was a member of the steering committee for the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund. She holds a postgraduate diploma in human and natural resources and in peace-building and conflict management from Danida Fellowship Centre and a senior management certificate from the Kenya School of Government.