Council Members

Prof. Shem Oyoo Wandiga, FRSC, D.SC.(hc)
Prof. Shem Oyoo Wandiga, FRSC, D.SC.(hc)Chairman of Council
QUALIFICATIONS: EBS, Frsc, B.Sc (Howard University), M.Sc. (Maryland), Ph.D. (Reserve University)

WORK EXPERIENCE: Has a long working experience in academia, research, consultancy, administrative and advisory roles. These include in the following areas: University of Nairobi: Professor; DVC (Administration & Finance); Principal College of Biological & Physical Science; Chair of Department Chemistry Dept.; Senior. Lecturer; Lecturer (inorganic Chemistry. Co-ordinator University Investment Project; Chairman - Kenya National Academy of Sciences; Chairman - International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Kenya Committee; Chairman - Constitutive Committee of African Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry and a member Kenya Chemical Society. Kenya’s Representative to the UNESCO Executive Board; Expert Consultant to UNEP; Member of General of the International Council of Scientific Unions; Chairman - Programme and External Relations Commissions of UNESCO Executive Board; Member - World Conference on Science Case Western Reserve University & University of Maryland. Teaching Assistant Inter American University.
Prof. Emily Achieng Akuno
Prof. Emily Achieng AkunoVice Chancellor, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Council


QUALIFICATIONS: PhD (Kingston University Surrey, UK), MMUS (North Western State, LA, USA); Bed (KU)

WORK EXPERIENCE: She has over 30 years’ experience in University at various levels - Deputy Vice Chancellor - Cooperative University of Kenya; Executive Dean of Faculty - The Technical University of Kenya; Director/Head of School - University of KwaZulu-Natal and Kenyatta University; Ag. Dean of Students - Kenyatta University; Chair of Department- Kenyatta University; university teaching, research, and postgraduate supervision from 1987 - Kenyatta University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (SA), Maseno University, and The Technical University of Kenya.
Mr. David Moranga Oyugi
Mr. David Moranga OyugiCouncil Member
POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Chairperson – Audit, Risk and Governance Committee, and a member of Technical, Academic, Research and Projects Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS: MBA(KU); BBA(Newport) Dip. Agri. Ext (Egerton); Dip. Edu. Mgt., Cert. Edu. Mgt.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Mr. Oyugi has over 30 years of experience in education administration and management, and is currently working as a Principal. He has vast experience in coping with the challenges in the education sector in terms of finance and business strategies in the attainment of national development.
Ms. Joan Atieno Odawa
Ms. Joan Atieno OdawaCouncil Member

POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Chairman - Finance, Administration and Human Resources Committee, and a member of Technical, Academic, Research and Projects Committee.


WORK EXPERIENCE: She has over 15 years’ experience in board memberships including serving as a Board Member Siaya County Service Board, Advisory Board Catholic Justice and Peace; Advisory Board Caritas Nairobi and several High Schools and Colleges. Her experience spans Planning and Administration, Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Community Dialogue, Program and Project Management.

Amb. Ambeyi Ligabo
Amb. Ambeyi LigaboCouncil Member

POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Member of Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee and Technical, Academic, Research and Projects Committee

QUALIFICATIONS: LLB, LLM (St. John University), M.A (Azer 
State University), PG Dip. (Institute of Diplomacy)

WORK EXPERIENCE: With a distinguished career in diplomacy of over thirty years, he has served both the government and the United system in various senior representational positions as United Nations Special Rapporteur (Human Rights), Ambassador (Democracy & Good Governance) to the Great Lakes Organization, First envoy to Malaysia, Founding coordinator, Regional small arms and Light weapons secretariat, Senior political officer, U.N. Peace keeping mission, University lecturer and Director, Multi-Lateral Dec, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Isaac Kiprop Chebon
Mr. Isaac Kiprop ChebonCouncil Member

POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Chairperson - Technical, Academic, Research and Projects Committee and Member of Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.A (UoN), MARD (the Institute of Social Studies)

WORK EXPERIENCE: He served as a Council Member University of Nairobi; Director Human Resource Management and Development Ministry of State for Public Service Gender and Youth Affairs; Director Kenya School of Government; and Lecturer at Egerton University. A champion in Good Governance, Quality Service Delivery and Innovation; Consultant in Food Security Strategies in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenya and Community Capacity Building, Gender Equity and Diversity Management.

Dr. Willis Omwoyo
Dr. Willis OmwoyoCouncil Member

POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Member of Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee

WORK EXPERIENCE: A Medical Doctor (MD) and Public Health Specialist & Development Expert, with over 20 years of experience. Has built strong local and global networks through his ability to negotiate and establish strategic partnerships with development partners, NGOs, technical experts, private sector and communities to build relationships and consensus that translate to the design and execution of transformative and innovative solutions for Health. Has Expertise in health systems management, epidemiology, Health programming, leadership and management in Health. Passionate about equity and gender equality generally and in the health system, Maternal, Neonatal and child health. Has taken part in several health-related policy formulation documents and research.

Plays an integral role in the implementation of COP 23 for HIV and the National HIV Prevention Plan 2023-2030. He is one of the consultants for the CDC-led initiative on transitioning sustainable & quality HIV services to the Counties aimed at actualizing the journey to self-reliance.

CPA. Micah Origa
CPA. Micah OrigaCouncil Member

POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: A member of Finance, Administration and Human Resources; Technical, Academic, Research and Projects; and Audit, Risk and Governance Committees of Council.

QUALIFICATIONS: MBA (Calicut) MSc-Finance (UoN), B. Com, CPA (K).

WORK EXPERIENCE: He has wide professional and work experience in the Public Sector, stretching over 15 years in Public Finance Management, Public Sector Budgetary Formulation and Management, and outstanding corporate governance. He has served in several other Boards. He is the Alternate Member of the Council to Cabinet Secretary, the National Treasury.

Dr. Jemimah Onsare
Dr. Jemimah OnsareCouncil Member
POSITION/KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Dr. Onsare is the representative of the Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research in the Council.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. (Applied Microbiology – Antimicrobials

WORK EXPERIENCE: Dr. Onsare is the Assistant Director Research at the Directorate Research Science and Technology (DRST), State Department of University Education and Research but currently deployed to the National Research Fund as the Ag. Deputy Director Research Grants. She previously served as the Ag. Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Fund for six years. She has experience in administrationand management of board matters, resource  mobilization and management of research grants and has participated in various programmes within the ST&I sector both at national and international levels. She was recently appointed as the Country Focal Point and General Assembly representative to the European and Developing Countries, Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP). She has also served in the boards of National Commission for Science and Technology (NACOSTI) and Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA). She is experienced in microbiological research (antimicrobials) and has published research in international research journals of repute.