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.
Dr. JANE WANGUI KIRINGAI
Dr. Jane Wangui Kiringai is the Chairperson of the Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) Council. Dr. Wangui has a wealth of experience in governance. She is also the Chairperson, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) (Executive), a position she has held since February 2017. At CRA Dr. Wangui has provided leadership, guidance and direction in discharging the mandate of Commission as provided in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Dr. Wangui is also the Senior Kenya Country Economist & task team leader of several knowledge programs, technical assistance and policy Dialogue and Task Team leader branded Knowledge Programs amongst them Kenya Economic Update knowledge programme (KEU), Kenya Public Expenditure Review program (PER), Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda, Macroeconomic monitoring and reporting for the country, Co Task Team leader Kenya Devolution Support Program, Policy Notes for the new government and Policy Dialogue and engagement.
Ms. ROSE MUSONYE KWENA
Representative of the Principal Secretary, National Treasury
Rose holds a Master of Science from Lindenwood University, USA (Corporate Communications with Emphasis in Marketing) in addition to Bachelor of Arts Political Science & Arabic) from University of Nairobi. She is an Associate of Toronto Leadership Centre, an honoured 2010 warrior of the Marketing Society of Kenya, an Alumni of UCLA, World Bank – Annenberg Summer Institute, and a member of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Rose has 15 years of experience in financial Inclusion in informal sector space. She is currently the CEO of Kenya National Entrepreneurs Savings Trust (KNEST), spearheading the Government initiative to mainstream the over 17 million marginalized Informal Sector workers in the pensions arrangement.
Rose has led various innovative reforms in the pensions industry and financial inclusion, including spearheading the development of the ‘Trustee Development Program – Kenya (TDPK) in 2012 – a certificate program that has enhanced governance in the management of pension schemes by Trustees in Kenya and the region. She also spearheaded the Financial Services Regulators partnership with KICD to develop the ‘financial literacy curriculum for schools’ that has been imbedded in the Competency Based Curriculum.
Rose was the Country Coordinator at the OECD/International Network on Financial Education (INFE) from 2009 to 2019 and sat on the (INFE) Technical committee and was a member of the Working Groups on Financial Education for Micros, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Aging Populations and Financial Education in the workplace. She is a regular speaker at various OECD and World Bank conferences focused on developing financial literacy initiatives.
In 2007, Rose served on the Kenya Cultural Centre Governing Council as member and later as the Chair from 2008-2009.
Martin is an Animal Nutrition specialist and practitioner and holds a BSc. (Animal Production) from Egerton University and an MSc. (Applied Nutrition) from University of Nairobi. He has also undertaken several practical training sessions in livestock nutrition and management in England, USA, Belgium and Israel and has been active in the regional livestock and animal feed sectors for the last 24 years. He has extensive public, NGO and private sector experience, having worked in government livestock extension services and donor funded agricultural projects before moving into the private sector 22 years ago. After 11 years with Unga Group where he rose to become Head of Technical Services, he founded Nutrimix Limited, a company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of feed supplements and additives, as well as offering consultancy services in the area of livestock feeding and management. Martin has, and continues to practice as a consultant in feed formulation and TMR for many feed millers and dairy farms respectively. He has also been active in applying proven scientific concepts in development of specialty products for the local livestock sector. Martin has undergone training in Finance for Non-Finance Managers, Pension Fund Trusteeship, Change Management, Corporate Governance and is also a member of the Technical Committee on Animal Feeds at Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Secretary General of the Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers (AKEFEMA).
Ms. JANNET OMINDE ATIKA
Jannet has a cumulative 28 years work experience attained in commercial fields specifically cutting across Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Customer Experience. She spent a total 21 years at Safaricom PLC where she nurtured an illustrious career rising to Director, Customer Experience, a role she held for 6 years leading a team of over 2,500 staff and a budget of 5.6B annually. Jannet is the founder of CXP consulting group, a team of experts helping organizations position customer experience at the core of their daily business with the aim of making experience their competitive advantage.
Jannet is the Vice-Chairperson of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Kenya Chapter. She is the Chairperson of the membership sub-committee at WCD- Kenya and a board member WCD Kenya Chapter Board. Jannet has been a member of the Board at the Institute of Customer Experience-Kenya (ICX Kenya) where she served two terms.
Jannet holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in strategy from the University of Nairobi, an under graduate degree in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University, various executive and management trainings from Strathmore Business School-Kenya, IESE Business School-Spain, Cranfield School of Management-UK and Lagos Business School-Nigeria. Jannet is an Executive Coach and Holds a Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoC).
Ms. LUCY RIMANTO MOLONKET
Lucy holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), she holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing from the University of Nairobi (UON) and a Professional Diploma in Sales and Marketing from the University of Nairobi. Lucy is a Graduate of the Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore-IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Senior Management Leadership Programme from Antai College of Economics and Management-Shanghai, China. She also holds certificates in Executive Leadership Development from Lagos Business School (Pan African University) and Gordon School of Business, in Pretoria South Africa. She is a career Marketer with over 15 years vast experience within the NGO sector, Banking Sector and the Public sector. Currently she is a consultant and runs her private businesses in the construction industry, food production and livestock farming.
Mr. FREDRICK NDAMBUKI
Mr. SILVESTER KIBIWOTT KINYOR
Silvester Kibiwott Kinyor is an accomplished Electrical Engineer with an extensive background in the Electrical and Telecommunications industry, spanning over 15 years. His expertise and experience have been instrumental in driving advancements and implementing successful projects across the African region.
Silvester holds a Bachelor’s degree with Second Class Honors, Upper Division, in Technology – Electrical and Communications Engineering. Additionally, he possesses a Master of Business Administration (MBA) IESE Business School, which has enhanced his managerial and leadership skills in the field.
Recognizing the importance of professional development, Silvester has obtained several certifications, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and the PRINCE2 Project Management Methodology. These certifications have further equipped him with the knowledge and tools to effectively manage complex projects.
Silvester’s specialization in solar energy solutions has established him as a Solar Expert, allowing him to contribute to the development and implementation of sustainable and eco-friendly energy solutions. His commitment to professional excellence is evident through his membership in esteemed professional bodies such as the Energy Regulatory Commission (EPRA), Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), and the National Construction Authority (NCA).
Throughout his career, Silvester has held various significant positions in renowned telecommunications organizations. These include roles such as Chief Technical Officer, Project Director, Supervision Engineer, and Implementation Engineer. He has had the privilege of working with prominent companies such as Safaricom Kenya, Huawei Kenya, Telkom Kenya, Airtel, Alcatel Lucent, Tanzania Telecommunication, and Rwandatel.
Silvester’s impressive portfolio showcases his successful delivery of diverse projects. He has overseen the installation and implementation of Telecommunication Towers, ensuring seamless connectivity and coverage for telecommunication networks. Additionally, he has played a crucial role in providing green energy solutions to these towers, contributing to sustainable practices in the industry.
His expertise extends beyond telecommunication projects, as Silvester has also spearheaded the deployment of Smart Water meters, enabling efficient and accurate monitoring of water consumption. Furthermore, he has been involved in the strategic rollout of fiber optics infrastructure to various sites, buildings, and homes, facilitating reliable and high-speed internet connectivity for clients.
Silvester Kibiwott Kinyor’s unwavering dedication, technical proficiency, and leadership capabilities have earned him a reputation as a seasoned professional in the Electrical and Telecommunications industry. His contributions have significantly impacted the advancement of communication networks, the adoption of sustainable energy solutions, and the enhancement of connectivity across the African region.
PROF. ROMANUS ODHIAMBO, PH.D
Vice-Chancellor of MUST, Secretary to the Council
Prof. Romanus Odhiambo has over 26-years progressive experience in academics, research and leadership with over 23 years in senior leadership positions. Prof. Odhiambo has 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.
Prof. Odhiambo is a member of International Biometric Society (IBS), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), Kenya Inter-University Association of Mathematicians and Computer Scientists and Specialized Committee of Science Education in East Africa coordinated by Inter University Council of East Africa (ICUEA). In his career, he has distinguished himself in organization’s development and management aspects such as resource mobilization, fund raising, projects management and leading change.
Prof. Odhiambo is the Vice-Chancellor of Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Secretary to the University Council.