Prof. Calestous Juma, JKUAT Alumnus and a scientist at Harvard University in the United States, has been named among the most reputable people in the world. He becomes the only Kenyan to be listed in the inaugural list of “2017 Most Reputable People on Earth.”
He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree of JKUAT in June 2012, the only degree awarded to him by a Kenyan University.
Prof. Juma follows in the foot-steps of yet another alumnus and former Chancellor of JKUAT, the late Prof. Ali Al’Amin Mazrui who in 2005, was ranked among the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by the American journal Foreign Policy and the British journal Prospect. The late Mazrui who died at the age of 81 in 2014, was also featured in the “500 Most Influential Muslims,” (a.k.a. the “Muslim 500”), a publication by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in cooperation with the Prince Alwaleed Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University, among other honours.
While acknowledging a congratulatory message from JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga immediately after the announcement was made on Saturday, June 10, 2017, Prof. Juma thanked the Vice Chancellor for inviting him to JKUAT. Through a tweet to Prof. Imbuga, Prof. Juma said, “Thank you for inviting me into the JKUAT. I am very proud of being a member of that special family.”
Prof. Juma a respected scholar at Harvard joins a list of achievers and persons of repute that include the Pope, the Queen and the immediate former president of the United States of America – Barack Obama.
The list which was compiled by a South African consulting company, Reputation Polls, consisted of 100 individuals who had amassed high reputation for themselves through the work they had engaged in. The polls were carried out through a partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management, and featured personalities drawn from various backgrounds such as business, entertainment, education and policy.
Others featured alongside him include luminaries such as Bill Gates, Barrack and Michelle Obama, Evangelist Bill Graham and activists Malala Yousafzai, the oldest and youngest people in the list. It is not the first time that Prof. Juma has been picked for honours. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was listed among the most influential 100 Africans by the New African magazine.