Strategic Advisory Board

Consolidation Phase​

Mr. Nicholas Mwaura

Program Lead

Nicholas Mwaura Kinyanjui is the Dean of Students and Director Quality Assurance at Riara University. Nicholas has a proven track record in Education for Sustainable Development research and training; Graduate Employability research and training and is the immediate global winner of the most innovative idea in enhancing graduate employability competition by the African Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS-Leipzig University Germany); solid practitioner in educational leadership, teaching, alumni relations, quality assurance, and resource mobilization spanning for over 15 years in learning institutions. He has trained widely and presented on ESD, graduate employability, institutional advancement, alumni relations, research, and resource mobilization. Mr. Kinyanjui is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vechta, Germany, holds a Master of Education Administration and Planning and a Bachelor of Education in English and Literature in English from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).

Prof. Robert Gateru

Board Member

Prof. Robert Gateru is the holder of a PhD in Microelectronic Engineering & Semiconductor Device Physics from the University of Surrey (UK), 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.

Dr. John Muriithi

Board Member

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).

Prof. Prof. Wanja Mwaura Tenambergen,

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Riara University

In line with our vision of excelling in scholarship and research through quality education. Higher learning institutions should provide an environment that allows learners to discover their professional identity, realize their potential, thrive, and grow holistically.

Dr Michael Z. Ngoasong

Board Member

Dr Michael Z. Ngoasong is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Open University (UK) and Principal Investigator of the AESU partnership. Dr Ngoasong has over 16 years’ experience as academic and entrepreneurial consultant. He was involved in launching Coventry University London (2010) and has published extensively on entrepreneurship. He led the design of a project that established a FabLab (prototyping facility) for schools of engineering across four universities in Cameroon, with funding from the UK Royal Academic of Engineering (2020). Michael studied in Cameroon (BSc Economics), Sweden (MSc Economics, MA Leadership) and UK (PhD).

Dr. Isidora Kourti

SAB Manager The Open University

Mr. Vincent Otieno Odhiambo

Board Member

Vincent Otieno Odhiambo is the Regional Director for Ashoka in East Africa, based in Nairobi Kenya where he is responsible for growing a transformative and collaborative network of individuals and institutions aligned to Ashoka’s Vison of ‘Everyone a Changemaker World. One of the projects he is currently leading Ashoka East Africa in is Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA), which is a consortium bringing four Universities drawn from Tanzania and Uganda and two other support partners seeking to transform teaching and learning to equip students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills for social change. He is also a member of Association for Faculty Enrichment in Learning and Teaching (AFELT) where he sits in a sub-committee exploring mind-set and attitude change needed in Education to adapt to the changing world in response to COVID-19 disruptions. He has a cumulative work experience of 20 years in different sectors including: Education, social services, international development social impact and organizational development, serving in several leadership roles at National, Regional and Continental levels. He occasionally shares his opinions on a wide range of subjects, including education, with the public in both local and international platforms. Vincent is a firm believer in ecosystemic, transformative partnerships as a critical path towards finding sustainable solutions driving social transformation for collaborative impact.

Phase 1. Strategic Advisory Board

Nicholas Mwaura

AESU Technical Lead for Kenya

Dr. Isidora Kourti

SAB Manager

The Open University

Prof. Abel Kinoti Meru

Former Technical Lead for Kenya

Vincent Odhiambo

Ecosystems Lead

Ashoka East Africa

Dr Michael Z. Ngoasong

Dr Michael Z. Ngoasong

Principal Investigator

The Open University