The fifth Professor’s Luncheon was held on July 6, 2010 at JKUAT main campus (Juja). The guest professor was Prof. Norah Khadzini Olembo. Prof. Olembo is the Executive Director of African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF). She holds a Post Doctoral Degree in Molecular Biology from Courthould Institute (University of London) in the United Kingdom, a Post Graduate Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Masters Degree in Zoology from UoN, Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Zoology and Botany from the same University. She also holds an advanced level Certificate in Chemistry, Biology and Physics from Mount School in New York.
Professor Olembo has also received professional certificate from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) training in Insect Growth, Development and Behavior, Insect Endocrinology from International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya, Strategic Planning from Voluntary Agencies Development Assistance in Kenya (V.A.D.A) and Recombinant DNA techniques from Courthould Institute in the United Kingdom.
Before her appointment at ABSF, Professor Olembo served as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi. She also served as the Managing Director of Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). She has also worked as the Director of the Kenya Industrial Property Office (KIPO) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and chaired the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi.
Prior to that, Professor Norah Olembo served as a consultant for Kenya Non-Governmental Organizations Committee for the 1995 United Nations End of Decade Women Conference. She has also been a Senior Lecturer and Graduate Research Assistant at the UoN. Professor Olembo has undertaken many assignments and published in scientific journals and proceedings. She is also the Chairperson, member and trustee in many public service organizations and societies in Kenya and other African countries.
Vice Chancellor’s Speech