MEET OUR UNIVERSITY COUNCIL
Council is the University’s highest governing body, responsible for setting the general strategic direction of the University, for ensuring proper accountability and for the management of its finances, property and investments and the general business of the University. The Council approves the University’s key policies and plans pertinent to its three core functions: teaching, research and public service. In that connection, the Council makes sure that the University always maintains high standards in the three core areas just mentioned. To ensure that MUST really does this, the Council reviews its performance from time to time. It also appoints persons to various leadership positions in the University. The University Council is composed of the Chairperson and eight members. All the members other than the Vice Chancellor are drawn from outside the University.
PROF. BOSIRE MONARI MWEBI, PHD
CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL
Prof. Mwebi holds a PhD degree in the area of Teacher Education and a Master’s in Educational Administration of Post-Secondary Education, both obtained from University of Alberta, Canada. He possesses a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Economics and History from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof. Bosire Monari Mwebi is internationally renowned expert in the field of teacher education and curriculum development based in Kenya and Canada. He has been a university professor of education and currently works as international consultant in teacher education and curriculum development.
Prof. Mwebi’s recent international accomplishments include:
- Was Commonwealth Secretariat Consultant/Technical Assistance – monitoring the Implementation of Commonwealth Education Policy Framework (CEPF) in member countries – Mozambique, Tanzania, Mauritius & Seychelles of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region. (June 2020 – February 2021).
- Was a lead consultant, Global Partnership for Education II (GPE II) on development of Professional Standards for Teachers and Headteachers of Schools, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Zanzibar. (September 2020 – December 2020).
- Was UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) Lead Consultant on development Teacher Professional Development Modules for Principals and Teachers of Schools, Teachers Service Commission, Nairobi, Kenya. (September 2018 – January 2019).
- Was UNICEF International Consultant / technical assistance on development of Basic Education Curriculum Framework (BECF) and Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya. (2016 and 2017).
Prior to joining independent consultant in 2018, Prof Mwebi was Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Canada. For 14 years, Prof. Mwebi developed and taught courses in the Bachelors’ and Graduate Studies. He supervised students enrolled in graduate studies and also in undergraduate practicum. As part of the service to community of StFX University, Prof. Mwebi served as a member on university-wide and departmental committees including Advisory Committee on Service Learning, Med and B.Ed Steering Committees and International Projects Committee.
Prof Mwebi has a solid background in research and dissemination with substantial grants won from university and external granting agencies. As a result of his research involvement over the years, he has published a number of articles in peer-refereed journals and made many presentations in peer-refereed conferences at national and international levels. Prof Mwebi was a recipient of a number annual St. Francis Xavier University research publication (academic) awards. During his tenure at St. Francis Xavier University, Prof Mwebi was visiting Professor, School of Education, Kenyatta University (2011 -2012) and at the Center for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED), University of Alberta, Edmonton (2015).
Prior to becoming a university professor, for 15 years, Prof Mwebi was a High School Teacher, District Inspector of Schools (Muranga) and Deputy District Educator Officer (Embu), Ministry of Education, Kenya.
Prof. Mwebi has been a member of a number of scholarly associations among them include: The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE); Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE); Physical Education and Health Canada; Member, and Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIRN).
Prof. Mwebi was a founder Chairperson of Kenya Community in Greater Edmonton (2003-2004) and is an active member of the Association of Kenyans in Alberta (AKA).
Engineer M’Mbwiria holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering (Power option) from Giessen – Friedberg University of Technology, Germany. He is also registered by the Engineers’ Registration Board. Eng. Mbwiria taught at a National Polytechnic before joining the private sector from where he gained over 30 years’ experience in engineering and management, before going into private consultancy in the field of metrology equipment and systems.
STEPHEN KIMANI GATAMA
Mr. Stephen Gatama is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He holds a Master of Laws (International Commercial Law) degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. Mr. Gatama has over ten years’ experience practicing law in a wide array of organizations including a Law Firm, in a Corporate set up and in a development finance institution. He has advised clients both in the public and private sector on matters including but not limited to commercial law, cross-border transactions, energy, PPPs, infrastructure, mining and extractives, competition law, property and real estate. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, East African Law Society, Institute of Directors of Kenya and International Bar Association amongst other professional bodies. He is presently a Partner in a leading law firm in Nairobi where he heads the Corporate / Commercial Practice Group in addition to providing consultancy services to various organizations.
DICK WASWA WEKESA
Mr. Waswa is currently a Management Consultant with expertise in Marketing, Communication and Corporate Finance acquired through 20 years’ experience in Commercial sector (Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, ICT and International Standards) and the International NGO development space. He has held top leadership roles at World Bicycle Relief (US NFP) as Country Director and GS1 Kenya Limited. Prior to these, he held senior Marketing roles at Sameer Africa limited and Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC. Ke Registry). He holds a Masters of Business Administration from United States International University – USIU (Marketing and Finance) in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree (Biochemistry) from University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) and holds a Project Management certificate. He has contributed to the development of Kenya Tea Branding and Packaging strategy and adoption of technology in driving uptake of teas amongst Millenials and Global competitiveness under the Agricultural Food Authority (AFA). He has been involved as a key marketing resource person and speaker during regional conferences by EATTA in Nairobi (2018) and Kampala (2019) themed on enhancing tea uptake amongst Millenials and 21st Century customer Marketing strategy. He was also instrumental in the empowerment of students through programs implemented by World Bicycle Relief, Ministry of Education and International Development Partners where thousands of school going students benefitted to overcome challenge of distance. Waswa is married to Sandra Musoga and blessed with 5 children.
PAULINE JERUTO KURGAT
Ms. Kurgat holds a Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts with a linguistic concentration from Moi University. She has over 16 years of proven track record of front line experience in Policy Execution at the Operations and Marketing Division of National Hospital Insurance Fund where she was a champion of Performance Contracting, ISO and OHASAS. She also has over three years’ experience in Customer Relations whilst dealing with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and direct sales for advertising television airtime and consumer goods at Nation Media Group. Pauline is an associate member of the Marketing Society of Kenya and a Certified Computerized Secretary. She is currently a board member of the Elgeyo Marakwet County Public Service Board and previously served in the same county as member of the public in the County Assembly. She has served in the boards of Tambach Teachers College and St. Alphonsius Mutei Girls High School.
DR. NAOMI KIPURI
Dr. Kipuri holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology. She attended University of Nairobi (B. Ed. Education, Literature and Linguistics) and Temple University, Philadelphia, USA where she pursued an M.A & Ph.D. (Anthropology). Dr. Kipuri has worked as a teacher at Narok Secondary School and served with various organizations including, Kenya National Archives (Head, Oral Traditions Division), University of Nairobi (Research Fellow/Lecturer), Institute of African Studies (Coordinator), Arid Lands Resource Management (ALARM), Eastern Africa and Executive Director (Arid Lands Institute). She has consultancy experience in development issues in Kenya and East Africa. She has also played an advisory role and is a member of various Working Groups including African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Dr. Kipuri is presently involved in County and community issues relating to documentation of historical and cultural concerns including establishment of a museum & cultural centre for the County Government of Kajiado.
MR. PAUL MUNGAI
REPRESENTATIVE PS, STATE DEPARTMENT FOR UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Mr. Paul Mungai holds a Master degree in Educational Administration and Planning from University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University.
Paul is an educationist with a wealth of experience in education administration spanning over 25 years. He is currently a Deputy Director in charge of International University Education in the state department. Paul has also served as alternate to the Principal Secretary in a number of other boards.
CPA,DAMARIS NYASUGUTA ONSOMU
REPRESENTATIVE, PS. NATIONAL TREASURY
Damaris Nyasuguta Onsomu holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from KCA University and is pursuing a Master of Science (Finance) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT). She is a Certified Public Accountant Kenya(CPA-K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Kenya (ICPAK).
Damaris has over Fourteen (14) years of experience in the field of Finance and Accounting. Currently, she works at the National Treasury as a Senior Principal Finance Officer. In her current capacity, she oversees the co-ordination and preparation of Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budget, Programme Based Budget, Budget Implementation, preparation of various statutory reports including feedback from parliamentary oversight committees. Prior to joining the National Treasury, Damaris worked in the private sector thereafter at the Postal Corporation of Kenya in different capacities in the fields of Finance and Accounting.
She was appointed as the PS- the National Treasury representative in the Council with effect from 10th March 2022.
PROF. ROMANUS ODHIAMBO,Ph.D
Prof. Romanus Odhiambo has over 26-years progressive experience in academics, research and leadership with over 18 years in senior leadership positions. He has served in a number of substantive administrative leadership positions at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) over the years. He has also served as Regional Project Director of the African-ai-Japan Project. In his service he initiated a number of collaborations and networked the University with a number of initiatives such as Pan African University Institute for basic Science and Innovation (PAUSTI). Prof. Odhiambo substantively served as Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs at JKUAT since 2009. Over this period, he championed academic leadership and transformation in the university through development and implementation of the University’s strategy and policies, academic programs development and reviews.
Prof. Odhiambo has also participated in Curriculum review for the Commission for University Education since 2001. At the same time, Prof. Odhiambo has worked as an external examiner of Statistics and Mathematics in several Universities in Kenya and Rwanda. Prof. Odhiambo has been involved and continues to be involved in the supervision of Ph.D and Masters’ theses examinations. To date, he has supervised over 27 Ph.D students and 32 Masters’ students to completion. Prof. Odhiambo has published 46 articles and participated in over 22 national and international conferences and workshops. He has also co-authored 5 undergraduate textbooks.