Board of Directors
Prof. Simmy M. Marwa
Prof. Marwa is a Professor and Practitioner of Quality Management and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [UK] with well over 30 years’ academic practice in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa, UK and the Middle East. Simmy has successfully supervised to completion well over 15 PhDs and examined a number besides 100s of Masters’ students. Simmy has designed facilitated and mentored a number of graduate programmes in various universities [locally and internationally] and is currently a visiting professor in a number of universities. Additionally, Simmy has published extensively in internationally referred journals and is a reviewer of a number of international journals and also boasts of a number of university-level text books currently in use. Likewise, Simmy has been contracted to research for such entities as UNESCO – IIPM, African Capacity Building Foundation [ACBF] and facilitated a number of national research and consultancy assignments for Kenya’s private/public sector entities as well as international organizations like the Association of African Universities [AAU]. Moreover as a practitioner (author, researcher, consultant) and Certified Manager in Six Sigma Green and Black Belt, Process Excellence, Project Management and Risk Management; Simmy has built a reservoir of knowledge from which to draw from to successfully deliver smart results on contemporary academic and corporate assignments and aspire to be a global academic and practitioner in his specialism.
Prof. Orpha K. Ongiti
Prof. Orpha K. Ongiti is a Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She is a Ford Foundation International Fellow (2002). Prof. Ongiti earned her PhD and MSc. degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany NY. She attained her master’s degree in Education (MED) in Curriculum Studies from Kenyatta University, and a Bachelor of Education (BED) degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University College. Prof. Ongiti has a rich working experience with higher education institutions; which include research (mainly qualitative), face-to-face and online teaching, supervision of graduate students, curriculum development, implementation and evaluation; educational policies; and administration. Prof. Ongiti is a member of several professional bodies including American Educational Research Association (AERA); World Educational Research Association (WERA); Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER); Comparative and International Education Society (CIES); African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE); and Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK). She is a Council member of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Studies (KICD), and University Curriculum and Research Committees. Prof. Ongiti has participated in the following evaluation projects: (1) “Finding and Keeping Graduate Women and Minority Students in Mathematical Sciences/Graduate Education in the Mathematical Sciences; To Nurture Every Student (GEMSTONES) Project (2010); (2) The U.S.-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project. School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Albany (2008). Prof. Ongiti serves as the Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Director of the Institute of Research. In that capacity, she coordinates Postgraduate programs, Institutional Research, and Institutional Repository. Besides, Prof. Ongiti teaches in the departments of Education, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Peace, Governance and Security, at Africa Nazarene University. Furthermore, she is skilled in Advanced Research Design (Multi-Method Research Strategies; Policy Engaged Research, and Ethnography). Her research interests include Equity issues in Education; Internationalization, Partnerships/Collaborations and linkages, and Policy Issues in Higher Education. Prof Ongiti has published widely and made conference presentations—both local and international.
Prof. John Orodho
Prof. John Orodho is a dedicated, resourceful, and seasoned education professional with over thirty years’ experience in teaching educational research, statistics, evaluation, and curriculum studies. He has 4 years of teaching science subject at Secondary and High School level and 4 years at Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and over thirty years of university teaching, research, consultancy, and community service. John has undertaken high impact research and disseminated research finds in diverse international, regional and local workshop and conferences. He has written over 100 papers in high impact international refereed journals and also authored several textbooks currently being used by undergraduate and postgraduate students in Kenya and other African countries. Besides, John is a renowned international consultant, whose summary of milestones includes:-
International scholarship with well over one hundred publications in high impact refereed journal, university level books and project grant awards,
PhD/Masters supervisions with over twelve doctoral graduations and well over one hundred at masters’ level,
Membership in international professional world-class bodies including life membership in the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) based in USA.
Networking and collaborations with external organizations including the African Centre for Excellence in Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematic (ACEITLM) based in Kigali, Rwanda,
High impact community engagement including being a sponsor and founder of several basic education institutions and also Chairman, Board of Management, in several secondary schools in Kenya,
Consultancy in various governments educational, financial and procurement policies, and strategies,
Mastery of Information Technological Applications including e-learning provision and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) data analysis…etc.,
Prof. Samuel N Nahashon
Samuel N. Nahashon is currently serving as Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tennessee State University (TSU). He earned his Ph.D. degree in Poultry Science with Integrated Minor in Biochemistry and Statistics from Oregon State University in 1994. Prof. Nahashon’s role as Department Chair is to provide leadership to the faculty, staff and students in the department, teach poultry science courses, and facilitate implementation of the departmental strategic plan. Prof. Nahashon has also been engaged in poultry nutrition and genomics research for the last 32 years. His research program has mentored 15 high school students, 70+ undergraduate students, 25 Masters and 7 PhD students who published 24 MS theses and 5 PhD dissertations. These students (29) have graduated and now leading successful careers. For the last 15 years at TSU, he has attracted over 9 million dollars in extramural grant funding for research, teaching and outreach as Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI and as Collaborator. He has published 60 refereed peer reviewed papers in reputable scientific journals, 3 book chapters, and 150+ abstracts and presentations. He is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Distinguished Research Scientist award (TSU), Outstanding Service Award (Winrock International), STEM Innovation Award (BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness), International Champion Award (TSU) and Research Mentorship awards (TSU). He is a member of several professional societies that include the World Poultry Science Association, Poultry Science Association, International Society of Animal Genetics, and International Association of Food Protection. He is member of several honor societies that include Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta, the Agricultural Honor Society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Prof. Nahashon also serves as Associate editor of the Journal of Poultry Science and reviewer for more than 30 refereed journals and also sits on numerous grant review panels such as USDA-NIFA, USDA-FAS, USDA-SBIR, NIH, and NSF etc. Prof. Nahashon has also been engaged internationally on capacity building and research projects in Kenya, Kuwait, Morocco, and Ghana.
Dr. Phares Ochola
Dr. Phares Ochola received a BSC (Applied Mathematics and Statistics) from the University Nairobi, MSc (Operations Research) from Strathclyde University and a PhD in Operational Research from Kenyatta University, Case Studies Writing Certificates of Strathmore University, Lagos Business School and Harvard University (Boston). Phares has over 20 years of University teaching experience in areas including operations research, business statistics and research methods. In addition, he also has managed a number of projects including the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) funded project intended to develop the human resource capacity in Africa’s financial sector institutions at Graduate levels; the World bank funded Global Business School Network project aimed at strengthening the capacity of Business Schools in Africa in Case Study Teaching and Learning and the USAID-COMPETE, Global Communities for good projects designed to enable employees Anglophone Africa’s financial sector acquire knowledge and skills in Agricultural Value Chain. Previously, Phares served as the resident Faculty of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in collaboration with Johnson and Johnson/AMREF/UCLA wherein he trained health systems managers across Africa in Operations Management. Professionally, he also doubles as the Director of Research of the Doctorial Association of East Africa, the President of Operations Research Society of Kenya and a member of the Executive Committee of the African Federation of Operations Research Societies. His research interest in the application of Operational Research Techniques of Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic Frontier Analysis(SFA) methodologies in assessing organizational performance. Phares has published a number of works in internationally referred journals.
Dr. Hannah Bula
Dr. Hannah Bula is a senior lecturer of human resource management and has over 20 years’ experience in teaching. Her PhD is in Business Administration and Management [DeKUT] focusing in Entrepreneurship. Her research passion is in Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management and Strategic Management. Hannah is also passionate about building capacity in Human Capital Development, Managing Succession Planning, Business Incubation, Management, Human Resource Management, Curriculum Development, Strategic Planning, and Business Development and Entrepreneurial skills. Hannah has consulted for different organizations such as County governments, universities, SITE, OXFAM, NOPE and World Bank in collaboration with NITA in Youths and Women’s work. Her special focus has been on Women Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment and building capacity for performance management using the balanced Scorecard and quality management. Hannah is a Full member of Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) and an Associate Member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). She has authored books in Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation Capability among Women in the informal settlement of Nairobi Kenya respectively (Lambert and ESDA book). Hannah has authored several Human resource management modules used by Kenyatta University at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She’s also an author of two online modules in Entrepreneurship and Technology used by the African Virtual University and has also published in high impact peer reviewed journals on Women Issues such as Entrepreneurship Scorecard and Performance of Women Small Scale traders (SSEs), Balanced Scorecard and Performance of Women, Women Entrepreneurship Demographic Characteristics and Performance of SSEs and Women’s Marital Status and Performance of (SSEs) in, Kenya among others. Bula sits in various editorial boards in Kenya and internationally as a blind peer reviewer of journal articles.
Dr. Gabriel Okumu
Dr. Gabriel Okumu, holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from DeKUT and a Master of Education in Planning and Economics of Education from Maseno University. Gabriel boasts of several years teaching in Kenya’s education sector and well over a decade in kenya’s public service at a senior level. Gabriel’s interest is in Human Capital Development, Governance, and Strategic Leadership, where he has published a number of articles in international referred journals besides presenting in a number of regional and international meets in Malaysia, South Africa and the United Kingdom and received various commendations, besides contributing a book chapter in the upcoming JKF’s University level book on Performance Management. Gabriel is also a member of the Kenya Institute of Management and aspires to consult locally and regionally in his specialism.
Mary Mwita holds a BSc degree in Marketing from Washington Adventist University [USA] and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Portsmouth [UK] and boasts of several years’ experience working with diverse organizations to develop and oversee marketing campaigns that promote these entities products and services. Mary has diverse knowledge and marketing experience from working in the software, technology and marine industries and is an active digital trainer in areas of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy, LinkedIn Marketing, Digital Campaigns and Digital Planning. Additionally, Mary has overseen social media planning and executing of conferences and exhibition in the UK, Norway, Germany, Greece and Singapore.