The University Council

JKUAT Office Holders


Dr. James Micah Onsando – Chairperson of Council
His agricultural journey began over four decades ago, taking root in the fertile ground of public research and development. As a plant pathologist, he nurtured technical knowledge at the Horticultural Research Institute, currently part of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), and the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya, laying the foundation for his future endeavors.


In 1992, he embarked on a new chapter, transitioning to the commercial world with Sulmac Flowers company which is part of Unilever. His role as technical and quality control manager blossomed into expertise in agri-entrepreneurship and agricultural supply chains, particularly within the vibrant world of cut flowers. Later, at Unilever Tea, he championed technical training and then led the agricultural research/innovation and tea sustainability function, solidifying his grasp on product innovation, development and commercialization. This private sector experience proved invaluable, honing his skills in research to support agricultural products, their safety, market appeal and sustainability (Economic, Environmental and Social).
Dr. Onsando’s passion however was not confined to a single sector. He drove deep into the complex world of Agricultural Development, Regulation, Phytosanitary science and practice, seed and seed systems acquiring over 15 years of expertise in seed regulation, seed systems, phytosanitary science and international fresh produce trade, and seed systems development. This expertise was developed during his change of career to that of the Director of the Board of Management and later as the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), a testament to his dedication to the field of Agricultural Development and Regulation. Dr. Onsando’s leadership span beyond KEPHIS as he severed as a Director of Management and Chairman to 3 other state cooperations for a period of 17 years. During his tenure at KEPHIS, Dr. Onsando’s influence extended beyond national borders.
He played a pivotal role in the organization’s accession to the prestigious standards international bodies hence positioning Kenya as a preferred fresh produce trading partner with the rest of the world. Through the WTO – SPS Agreement which Kenya is signatory to, Dr. Onsando initiated and concluded a 2-year process of bringing in through the KEPHIS approval process, the high dry matter Irish potato from the Netherlands for the high end hospitality industry in order to conserve Kenya’s foreign currency that was used to import high dry matter frozen chips from Egypt and South Africa. He steered KEPHIS to its status as a Centre of Phytosanitary Excellency and Kenya as the first country to digitize certification of cut flowers globally.
His understanding of plant breeding, variety registration and protection, seed regulation, phytosanitray functions and agri-business solidified his position as a leading authority and International Consultant in the field of Seed and Seed Systems and Phytosanitary Science and Practice. As an international seed and seed systems consultant, he has shared his expertise with numerous African nations including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, leaving a lasting impact on their seed and agricultural transformation landscapes.
Dr. Onsando’s story is one of dedication, innovation, and a deep-rooted passion for agriculture for economic impact. His journey, spanning both public and private sectors, INGO and leadership roles resulted in him posting to his credit 30 publications including two chapters in two book. This demonstrates his unwavering commitment to cultivating a more sustainable and prosperous agricultural future for Kenya and beyond.
Mr. Hassan Abdi Mohammed 
Mr. Abdi M. Hassan stands as an accomplished Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Secretary with an impressive legal career spanning over 15 years, inclusive of his tenure at M/s Hassan Mutembei & Company Advocates. His dedication and contribution to public service were recognized when he was bestowed the Presidential Honors of the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) in 2019. This esteemed recognition is a testament to his distinguished service.
He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy from Moi University, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) Degree from the Buckingham University Law School in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston in Texas, USA, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PG Dip Law) from the Kenya School of Law.
As a seasoned leader, Mr. Hassan possesses a wealth of experience in steering state bodies. His expertise lies in formulating and executing strategic plans, overseeing financial and administrative aspects, and ensuring the achievement of organizational objectives. His leadership style is synonymous with positive transformation, upheld by unwavering professionalism, ethical standards, and fairness in public service.
Among his notable appointments, Mr. Hassan served on the Presidential Power of Mercy Advisory Board in 2015, contributing to exercises of prerogative of mercy. Furthermore, from 2018 to 2023, he played a pivotal role as a Council Member on the University of Nairobi Governing Council.
Mr. Joel Kipkemboi Yego
Mr. Joel Kipkemboi Yego is a distinguished Kenyan professional with a rich and impactful career spanning multiple sectors. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Land Surveying from the University of Nairobi (1979) and a Postgraduate degree in Remote Sensing from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1982) under a US government scholarship, Mr. Yego’s educational journey paved the way for a remarkable journey.
His leadership within the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya is commendable, where he chaired the Land Surveyors Chapter and the Land Surveyors Board. Mr. Yego’s influence even reached governmental spheres, as he served on the Presidential Commission of Enquiry into the Land Law System of Kenya.
Beyond his professional achievements, Mr. Yego is a devoted advocate of evangelism and Christian values. He held prominent positions in various Christian boards, including Chairmanship of the Management Advisory Committee of Scripture Union Africa and Directorship of the International Council of Scripture Union. As a versatile individual, Mr. Yego’s talents extend to property development, with a hand in notable residential housing projects across Nairobi and Machakos Counties.
Prof. John H. Nderitu
Prof. John H. Nderitu is a distinguished academic and researcher with a profound background in Agricultural Entomology. With an impressive educational journey, he earned a B.Sc. Honors Degree in Zoology, Botany, and Education (1978), an M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Nairobi (1984), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Dar-es-Salaam (1990).
Throughout his illustrious career, Prof. Nderitu has accumulated a wealth of expertise through numerous technical and leadership courses, strengthening his skills in transformative management, result-oriented practices, safety and health, evaluation methodologies, procurement regulations, and more. Prof. Nderitu’s contributions extend globally, participating in international courses and conferences across Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. He has undertaken over 30 research projects on crop management, receiving funding from esteemed institutions such as Rockefeller Foundation, FAO, and UNDP.
Prof. Nderitu’s influential roles include serving as a former National Chairman of the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Nairobi. He’s held esteemed positions in various boards, such as Chairman of the Kenya Organic Standard and the National Potato Council of Kenya. His academic contributions and leadership culminated in being honored as a Professor Emeritus by the University of Nairobi in June 2022. Prof. Nderitu continues to leave an indelible mark on academia, research, and agricultural advancement.
Mrs. Velma Mudanyi
Mrs. Velma Mudanyi is the esteemed Principal of Mudasa Academy Group of Schools, encompassing pre-school, primary, and high school divisions following both the Kenyan (8-4-4/CBC) and Cambridge International curricula. With a remarkable three decades of experience in education, Mrs. Mudanyi has honed her expertise in both public and private institutions, mastering various Kenyan curricular models alongside the Cambridge International Curriculum.
Mrs. Mudanyi has been a committed educator and philanthropist, passionately advocating quality and accessible education. She extends her influence by providing full scholarships to deserving students and rehabilitating those facing societal challenges. Recognized for her exemplary teaching and community service, Mrs. Mudanyi has achieved notable awards, including KCPE accolades and the Vihiga County bronze medal for her educational contributions.
Her commitment extends to various boards and advisory committees, notably as the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) representative at the County Education Board, where she actively interprets national policies and drives policy reforms.
Mrs. Mudanyi received her university education at Kenyatta University and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University, complemented by distinguished accomplishments from renowned institutions such as Harvard University and Cambridge Assessment International Education. Her diverse and impactful contributions persistently shape the landscape of education, both at a local and global level.
Prof. Angelina Nduku Kioko
Prof. Angelina Nduku Kioko, an accomplished academic, holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Nairobi. Her pursuit of excellence led her to a Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics from Monash University, Australia, in 1994. With over 30 years in education, she’s a distinguished Professor of English and Linguistics.
Her university roles encompass teaching, examining, and supervising at various academic levels. Notably, she’s been an external examiner across local, regional, and international institutions. She’s contributed extensively to curriculum development, quality assurance, and academic system enhancement, notably at USIU-Africa.
Her research legacy spans descriptive and theoretical linguistics, Bantu linguistics, multilingual education, and English language teaching materials in East Africa. Her publications total nearly 50 books and book chapters, over 20 refereed journal articles, and more than 50 conference papers.
Professor Kioko’s dedication extends beyond academia. She has served as a language panelist for Kenya National Examination Council and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. Her involvement in teacher development programs with entities like the British Council, Education Development Trust, and Research Triangle Institute is noteworthy. She’s been a resource person for accreditation processes with the Commission for University Education.
Her service portfolio is diverse, including participation in the Presidential Commission on Emergency Response, membership in University Councils, Boards, and Commissions, and Directorship of the Numerical Machining Complex Board. Presently, she’s an advisory committee member of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Societies, a Northrise University Board member, and a founding member of Multilingual Education Network (MLE-N).
Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi
Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, the Administrative head and Chief Executive Officer of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was appointed by His Excellency the President, Uhuru Kenyatta, in August 2018, as the Vice Chancellor. Until her appointment, Prof. Ngumi was serving as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, a position she had held since October 2014. In 2005, she was appointed the founding Principal of JKUAT Karen Campus, having served as the founding Director of the Alternative Degree Programmes.
Prof. Ngumi, is a beneficiary of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship that took her to Clemson University, South Carolina, USA, earning her a PhD degree in Plant Physiology in 1997. She had earlier won another Japan based Mombusho scholarship, that enabled her to pursue a Master of Science degree in Botany at Hiroshima University, successfully graduating in 1989. She is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Education. She also holds an Executive MBA from JKUAT.
In 2021, Prof. Ngumi was awarded the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) by the President, H.E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta for her distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the nation.
The Vice Chancellor who is a member of the African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF) and the Natural Products Research Network for East and Central Africa (NAPRECA), served as a senior education fellow at the African Network of Agro-forestry and Natural Resource Management Education.
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