As chief manager, supervisor and administrator of university assets, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Council determines financial provisions for capital, expenditure and reserve of the University. It is the organ that is mandated to spearhead collaborations and linkages with other bodies or organizations. It also receives grants, donations or endowments on behalf of the University. The Council is headed by a chairperson who is an ex-officio member of every Committee of the Council, and presides over all meetings of the University Council.
The Council members were appointed by the Kenyan Government in accordance with the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012. Below is a brief of each of the members:
Chairman, (Amb.) Mahboub Maalim Mohamed, CBS, OGW
Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim Mohamed, a registered engineer and diplomat, was appointed on Friday, October 16, 2020, by His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta through a Gazette Notice No. 10759/2019 to Chair the Council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Amb Mahboub will serve the Council up to November 7, 2022.
Born in 1958, Amb. Mahboub, served in various positions both locally and internationally. He is a registered engineer with Kenya’s Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and a member of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya.
The Council Chair holds MSc and BSc degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&I University in USA. He has served in various senior positions including District Project Coordinator for World Bank Financed Drought Recovery Project in the arid areas of Kenya, and Deputy National Project Coordinator of Arid Lands Resource Management Project. He also served as one of the Board of Directors of Kenya Power before he rose to become its Chairman.
The former Ambassador also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of State for Special Programmes in the Office of the President, and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. He was the longest serving Executive Secretary, Director and Ambassador of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). He also served in various positions in the World Bank.
Dr. Salome Wanjiku Gichura who was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Education to join the Council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in March 20, 2020, is one person who has been consistent in her line of training.
Renowned for spearheading the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) innovations and re-engineering of service delivery, Dr. Gichura holds a PhD in Education Management from Coventry University (UK), Masters Degree in Education Administration (Kenyatta University), Bachelor of Education Degree (University of Nairobi), Post Graduate Diploma in Education Planning and Administration (IIEP, UNESCO, Paris), in addition to several professional certificates. She owns several research groups and has taught at the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Gichura has served the Government in various capacities. She served as Education Attaché at Kenya’s High Commission, UK, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MOHEST), Commissioner, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Member, University of Nairobi Council (representing the Permanent Secretary, MOHEST).
Thomas Mshindi Nyamacha
Mr. Thomas Mshindi Nyamacha, a long serving and renowned Journalist with experience spanning over 25 years in the media industry, joins JKUAT Council as a member. Popularly known in the media industry by his peers as Tom Mshindi, the veteran scribe has served in various roles; as a journalist, Editor-in-Chief, and later, Managing Editor of the Daily Nation Newspaper, Managing Director of Monitor Publications Ltd (Uganda), Managing Director of Nation Newspapers Division and Chief Operating Officer. He served as Council member of the University of Nairobi from March 2005 to March 2008. Before joining the Nation Media Group, Mshindi worked as the Group Chief Executive Officer of The Standard Group (2003 – 2006), as well as serving twice as the Vice Chair of the Media Owners Association. He also worked at UNICEF as a Communications Manager and Editor, serving in New York and West Africa.
Mshindi, who is currently a Consulting Editor and Writer under Blue Crane Global, has specialized in Newsroom transformation to mobile-first Operations, Content Development, Strategic Management, Project Planning and Implementation, Human Resources, Media Management, Communication and Editorial Consultancy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree, Literature in English, Political Science (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication (Communication/Journalism), both from the University of Nairobi. He also holds an Advanced Management Programme (Management and Leadership) and an Advanced Management Programme (Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management) from the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain.
Gabriel K. Lengoiboni, EBS, CBS
As he exited the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) where he served for ten years at the helm, Mr. Gabriel Lengoiboni said he would remain actively involved in the improvement of the education sector. His utterances came to pass on Friday, November 8, 2019 with his appointment to join JKUAT Council, as a member. The soft-spoken career administrator who spent 30 years working in public service, is credited with the transformation of TSC, among others, overseeing the repeal of the TSC Act to conform to provisions of the new Constitution.
He also left a legacy while serving as Principal, Maralal High School when he stimulated students in both ‘0’ and ‘A’ levels to end up registering a string of splendid performances. Mr. Lengoiboni holds, a Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to his appointment at the helm of the TSC, Mr. Lengoiboni served as Senior Deputy Director of Education in charge of universities at the then Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. He also worked as the Education Attaché in India between 1994 and 1999 under the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Joseph Gitonga M. M’Aciuru
Having served in various capacities within the legal profession in a career spanning over 10 years, Mr. Joseph Gitonga M. M’Aciuru, an astute lawyer, brings to the University Council, extensive professional work experience gained from state corporations, legal tribunals and boards.
Mr. Gitonga holds a Master of Science in Business Administration in Strategic Management from University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Bachelor of Legal Laws from University of Nairobi. He is member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries (2004) and he is a certified Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public since 2006.
Mr. Gitonga has served on a number of boards as a member and chaired several Audit, Risk and Governance Committees at the National Transport and Safety Authority, Law Society of Kenya. He also served at Kisii and Pwani Universities as a Council member.
He played an instrumental role in successfully carrying out investigations on many judges and magistrates ranging from the Court of Appeal to resident magistrates over a period of 4 years. The lawyer has also served at the Attorney General Chambers, Directorate of Public Prosecutions at State Counsel, giving legal opinion, legal advice and prosecution in anti-corruption, economic crimes, serious fraud and asset forfeiture section.
Mrs Winnie Omondi
Mrs. Winnie A. Omondi Adhiambo, currently pursuing her PhD degree in Data Analytics at the University of Nairobi, majoring in Information Systems, is a Systems Analyst. With vast experience spanning over 30 years, Mrs. Omondi started her professional journey in 1987 when she joined ZIBA Management and Services between 1987 and 1988 as a Trainee Programmer. She later joined the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) where for twelve years between 1989 and 2002, rose from the positions of a Junior Programmer, Senior Programmer, Analyst Programmer and later, Senior Systems Analyst.
Between 2002 and 2004, Mrs. Omondi joined Post Bank as a Senior Systems Analyst, before being deployed to the bank’s ICT Department where she worked for 11 years as the Assistant Manager and Business Systems Analyst. Between 2016 and 2018, Mrs. Omondi who is also a member of the Computer Society of Kenya, among other membership bodies, was an Assistant Lecturer at the Technical University of Kenya. She later left to join Oxford Policy Management Limited (UK) in February 2018, where she serves as a consultant.
Mrs. Omondi whose hobbies include; reading, mentoring young adults, charity work and community service, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management option), and Bachelor of Commerce (Management Science option), both from the University of Nairobi. She also holds a Diploma in Computer Science from Kenya Polytechnic.
The Council Member has undertaken several projects related to her career and attended several trainings, workshops and seminars both locally and internationally.
Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, PhD,
Vice Chancellor, Ex-officio Council Member.
For her full profile please visit : http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/vice-chancellor/