PROF. ROBERT GATERU, PhD – VICE CHANCELLOR
Masters in Microelectronic Engineering & Semiconductor Device Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) and BSc.(First Class Honours) in Physics from the University of Nairobi.
He is a seasoned academic, with over 10 years of teaching and administration experience in various universities; he serves on a number of Boards, including the Rural Electrification Authority, LIWA (Linking Industry With Academia) Kenya Trust, and the Rift Valley Institute of Science & Technology.
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 is also a Founding Member of the Physics Society of Kenya where he serves in the Executive Committee. He has served in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Professional Practice and Chaired many Conference Steering Committees. 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.
He has won numerous grants, most notably a KES 46 Million grant from the World Bank through the Government of Kenya for establishment of the Kenya Centre of Excellence for BPO Training. He has published widely in international journals 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 has held from 2010. He has also worked as 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, Mathematics and Physical Sciences as a Senior Lecturer.
DR. JOHN MURIITHI, PhD – DVC FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Dr. John Muriithi holds a Doctorate in Business Administration in services marketing from the California School of Management and Leadership, San Diego, California.
Dr. Muriithi also holds an MBA and a B.Ed. Science from USIU and Kenyatta University respectively.
Dr. Muriithi is a proven leader in the corporate world and has served as the Chief Executive Officer in several organizations including; Mater Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya (2008- 2015). SC Johnson Eastern Africa (2001-2004) and JKUAT Enterprises Ltd. (2006 to 2008).
Dr. Muriithi has also served as an adjunct faculty in leading Kenyan Universities including Strathmore Business School (2009 – 2015) and United States International University, Nairobi (2006-2008).
Dr. Muriithi has also served on the Governing Council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and on the Advisory Board of the Chandaria School of Business (USIU) Nairobi.
Dr. Muriithi spent his early career in sales and marketing management in several leading multinational corporations in the healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods sectors.
PROF. WANJA MWAURA-TENAMBERGEN, PhD – DVC ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Prof. Wanja Mwaura-Tenambergen is an Associate Professor of Health Systems Management.
Her main interest is in health financing under the aspect of improved access to primary care health services, especially in rural areas of low- and middle-income countries. Prof. Tenambergen is an accomplished and visionary leader in higher education. With over 15 years of experience, she has held various administrative roles and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and student success.
Prof. Tenambergen holds a PhD and Master in Public Health (Health Financing) both from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand, MSc. in Management and Organizational Development from the United States International University-Africa, Nairobi Kenya, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyatta University, Kenya.
Prof. Tenambergen previously served as the Chairperson of the Department of Health Systems Management in Kenya Methodist University (KeMU), where she spear-headed the development of training curricula for undergraduate, masters and PhD studies in health
systems management in Kenya. She was the country coordinator for the collaborative projects between Kenya Methodist University (Kenya), Neu Ulm University of Applied Sciences (Germany), University of Western Cape (South Africa), and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Tanzania), to develop multiple country training programs in
health information management and health data analytics with the support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation.
Prof. Tenambergen served as the Director of Research, Innovation and Extension in KeMU where she guaranteed the quality of research in the university for students and faculty. She has been involved in numerous research projects. She previously held the position of Director
of University Advancement and Marketing and was member of the Governing Board of the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Performance in KeMU. As a respected scholar in her field, Prof. Wanja has published extensively on topics related to strengthening the management of health systems.
Prof. Tenambergen has deep passion to improve learning and teaching in higher education. Her vision is to provide relevant inputs to the advancement of higher education through transformational teaching & research methods. She is the current Chairperson of the Association of Faculty Enrichment in Learning and Teaching (AFELT). She advocates for creating partnerships with organizations and the community to advance quality in learning, teaching and research. She believes that teaching and learning has be closely linked to the problems in the community and their solutions.
Prof. Tenambergen’s leadership style is characterized by collaboration, transparency and focus on evidence-based decision making. She believes in fostering a culture of shared governance and always seeks inputs from faculty and students to inform strategic planning processes.