Ratemo W. Michieka, Professor Emeritus PhD. (Rutgers, USA), EBS, SS.

Brief Bio

Ratemo W. Michieka is the Chairman of National Research Fund (NRF). He was the founding Chairman of the African Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC); Distinguished Professor of Rutgers University, USA, with specialty in Weed Science and Environment. He was a Postgraduate Research Fellow at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). He is a well-known scholar having been the founding Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is the Former Chairman: Kenyatta University Council, Kenya Educational Network (KENET), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (currently KALRO), Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ratemo is a Former Director General of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Kenya. He was Chair of African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). Ratemo was a Council member of Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and also Board Member of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI). He is currently the Patron of Japan Ex-Participants of Kenya (JEPAK) and and also Patron of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) students, Upper Kabete Campus, UoN. He was the Founder and Chairman of African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD). Prof. Michieka has published widely in his field of expertise and gives lectures in local and international fora, aiming to promote research, science, technology, innovation and environmental management. He has also published books and book chapters. Despite his retirement from the University of Nairobi, Michieka continues to advise, mentor and supervise postgraduate students. He is also engaged in other research activities within the country.

Amb. Simon Nabukwesi

Brief Bio

Amb. Simon Nabukwesi is currently the Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research in the Ministry of Education. He is one of Kenya’s foremost ambassadors having served as Kenya’s High Commissioner to Canada, and Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extra-ordinary to Cuba. Amb. Nabukwesi has a B.Ed, M. Ed. in Education Planning and Management and MA in International Project Management. He is a PhD Candidate in International Project Management. In addition to this, he has a Diploma Level training in Institutional Management at Hiroshima University, Japan and a Pre-university Training at the National Youth Service (1986).

With this training, Simon has had a successful career as a High School Teacher, as a Deputy Principal and Principal in a span of twenty years (1989-2009). He has eleven (11) years of service as a diplomat including being the Director of Foreign Service Institute which he worked to transform into the Foreign Service Academy for training Junior Diplomats, Middle level Diplomats, Senior Diplomats and eight (8) Cohorts of Ambassadors whom he took through induction courses. The Foreign Service Academy served as a soft power tool for the government by training diplomats and ambassadors from the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa in addition to coordination of scholarships from friendly nations. This made members of the Association of directors of Foreign Service Academies from the IGAD Region to vote Nabukwesi to be their Chairperson, from 2016 to 2019 when he left the Academy to head Europe and Commonwealth Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Amb. Nabukwesi was appointed to the position of Principal Secretary, State Department of University Education and Research with effect from 28th February, 2020. He is optimistic about working with all stakeholders to improve University Education and Research.

Dr. Julius Muia

Brief Bio

Dr. Julius Muia is the Principal Secretary at The National Treasury. Prior to this, he was the Principal Secretary at the State Department for Planning – The National Treasury and Planning. Before his appointment as PS Planning, he was the Director General, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat which operated under the Office of the President, Republic of Kenya to facilitate the implementation of Vision 2030. This is Kenya’s long-term policy framework that is premised on making Kenya a globally competitive, rapidly industrializing and upper middle income economy by 2030.

Between April 2008 and October 2016, Dr. Muia served as the Secretary, National Economic and Social Council, Office of the President. This is a top advisory government think tank whose flagship project was formulating Vision 2030.

An alumnus of the University of Nairobi’s School of Business, Dr Julius Muia graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting; Masters Degree and PhD in Finance from the same university. His professional qualifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K); Certified Public Secretary (CPS-K), Associate Kenya Institute of Bankers; Associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Certified Coach.

Dr. Muia has over 25 years experience in leadership in the private sector in Kenya and UK. He started his career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in mid 1980’s, and later worked as Head of Finance and Company Secretary in the hotel, manufacturing and banking sector. His other engagements include an adjunct faculty at Strathmore Business School; adviser on strategy and trainer on leadership.

Dr. Florah Karimi

Brief Bio

Florah Karimi currently works with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), where she coordinates various research capacity strengthening projects and carries out related research work. More specifically, she manages the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and the fund management program for the Joint Programming Initiative for Antimicrobial Resistance Africa (JPIAMR) in Africa. She is also a co-applicant in the IDRC-supported ‘Supervision and Mentorship of Women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Postgraduate Training Programs in East Africa’ a ‘Capacity Development of Applied Epidemiology (CDAE) project in Eastern Africa Region’ project management team member.

Florah holds a Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree in Education with a focus on Educational Psychology. She has vast experience in higher education, having previously worked in various capacities in East Africa. She previously served as a national technical advisor on higher education, working closely with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and on World Bank-supported higher education projects in Kenya. She has previously served as a higher education administrator, curriculum developer and lecturer within Kenya. Moreover, she is a higher education quality assurance expert within the East African Region and a Trustee in the Kenya National Research Fund’s Board.

Florah is passionate about research and research capacity strengthening initiatives within Africa. In this respect, she has won grants worth more than USD 10 Million and published more than ten peer-reviewed articles on higher education, research and research capacity strengthening initiatives in Africa.

Gladys Warirah (FCA)

Brief Bio

Gladys Warirah is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of senior management experience in the fields of banking, insurance & pensions, strategy and audit & assurance. She is currently working at Standard Chartered Bank. She has served as the Chairperson of the Finance & Audit Committee of the Kenya Bankers Association and is a Board Trustee of the Standard Chartered Kenya Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme 2006. Additionally, she is the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales member representative, Kenya.She holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, B.Comm (Hons.) in Accounting from the University of Nairobi, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

Prof. Robert Gateru

Brief Bio

Prof. Robert Gateru is the holder of a PhD in Microelectronic Engineering & Semiconductor Device Physics from the University of Surrey (UK), Masters in the same field from the University of Cambridge (UK) and BSc. (First Class Honours) in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi.

He is a seasoned academic, with over 15 years teaching and administration experience in various universities. He serves on numerous Boards including the Education Sector Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Education for All Children, Hifadhi Talanta Africa, among others. He has previously served in the Boards of the Rural Electrification Authority (now the Rural Electrification and renewable Energy Corporation), Linking Industry with Academia Kenya Trust, among others. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineer (IEEE), which is the world’s largest technical professional association. He has served in many taskforces locally and abroad.

Selected awards that Prof. Gateru has received include the Distinguished Scholar Award by the ICT Association of Kenya, the Africa HR Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to Training & Development, and Kenya’s Top 40 Under 40 Men (2012) recognition by the Business Daily newspaper. He has won numerous grants, published widely and presented in conferences across the world.

Prof. Gateru joined Riara University from Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) where he was the Principal of the Nairobi Campus, a position he held from 2010. He also worked as the founding Dean and Associate Professor in KeMU’s Faculty of Computing and Informatics as well as Head of Department for the same institution. Prof. Gateru has previously served as the Founding Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Kabarak University where he also served as Head of Department for Computing and Mathematics.

Dr. Samuel Kiplangat Tiriongo

Brief Bio

Dr. Tiriongo is the Director of Research and Policy at the Kenya Bankers Association, responsible for designing and executing the research agenda for the banking industry. He is an economist by profession, with over 15 years of experience, 13 of which as an economist at the Central Bank of Kenya. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, a Master of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Arts (Economics), both of Kenyatta University-Kenya. He has received professional training from several leading organizations, key among them the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI). Currently, he is a research fellow of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), focusing on financial economics, financial sector development and resource mobilization, having published widely in peer-reviewed research outlets on financial market microstructure, economic responses to crises, monetary policy, and credit market analyses, among other areas.

Dr. Tonny Omwansa PhD

Brief Bio

Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa is a member of the Board by virtue of being the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA). He is the co-author of “Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s disruptive mobile money innovation”. He holds a PhD in Information Systems in which he researched on the adoption of mobile financial services at the base of the pyramid in Kenya.

Besides consultancy in technology issues, he has conducted extensive research in mobile transactions in Africa and published various reports including use of airtime transfers, mobile banking, virtual currencies as well as regulation of mobile transactions. His research interests are in the design, adoption and impact of low-cost technologies in developing countries.

His various research assignments have been commissioned by organizations like the GSMA, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Economic Commission of Africa. He is a recipient of the prestigious Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation where he worked on the book on mobile money, published in 2012.

Prof. Walter O. Oyawa PhD

Brief Bio

Prof. Walter O. Oyawa, is currently the Director General of the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI). He is a Professor of Civil Engineering, a holder of a PhD in Civil Engineering, and a holder of Executive MBA. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Lead Expert-NEMA and a reviewer of several international journals.

In addition to his current position as Director General of NACOSTI, Prof. Oyawa has served in various senior leadership/management positions including having been the Principal/CEO of Multimedia University College, Deputy Commission Secretary at the Commission for University Education (CUE), pioneering Ag. Principal of the College of Engineering & Technology at JKUAT, Director of a Research Centre-SMARTEC at JKUAT, Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at JKUAT, Board member of several boards, among others. He is endowed with vast experience in research/scholarly work, as evidenced by; extensive publications in peer reviewed journals, several awards and research grants, keynote lectures and conference papers, and supervision of numerous postgraduate students. His research interest is in the area of sustainable construction materials and technologies.

Prof. Dickson M. Andala, PhD

Brief Bio

 Prof.  Dickson Andala, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Fund (NRF). He is an Associate Professor of Materials / Inorganic Chemistry, Multimedia University of Kenya; PhD in Materials Chemistry from Binghamton University and Postdoctoral Fellowship Pennsylvania State University, USA.  He is Lead Expert with NEMA; DOSH and CBRN and a reviewer of several local and international journals. 

Prof. Andala has served in various senior leadership/management positions including having been the Director to the Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority (KNRA), African Materials Research Society (AMRS) boards, Executive Committee Member to Africa Crystallographic Association (AfCA); Chairman Chemistry Department, Multimedia University of Kenya. Membership to various Professional Associations including African Academies of Science (AAS), Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS); Materials Research Society of Kenya, Kenya Chemical Society (KCS).  He is endowed with vast experience in research/scholarly work, as evidenced by extensive publications in peer reviewed journals, several awards and research grants mobilization, keynote lectures and conference papers, and supervision of numerous postgraduate students. His research interests lie in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology and its applications in remediation, sensors, catalysis.