The University Council

As chief manager, supervisor and administrator of university assets, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) University 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 new team of six Council members was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary, Education, on Friday, November 8, 2019, through Gazette Notice No. 10759, anchored on the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012. The council members will serve for a period of three years.  Below is a brief of each of the members:

 Chairperson, Dr. Gumato Ukur Yatani, PhD

Dr. Gumato Ukur Yatani, is the current Chairperson of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology effective Friday, November 8, 2019. The PhD holder (Gender and Diversity Management) from Vienna University of Economics and Social Sciences, has been at the forefront in fighting for the rights of minorities and marginalized groups in Kenya. She has served as the convener of the Minorities and Marginalized Department at the National Gender and Equality Commission where she also worked as a Commissioner from April 11, 2013.  She previously worked as an Undersecretary in the Office of the President, and Chair of the Board of the Integrated Pastoralist Development (IPAD). Dr. Gumato who is the founder of the Kanacho Nomadic Educational Foundation since 2009, a charitable foundation that addresses education and rural poverty challenges in northern Kenya, holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor of Education degree from Moi University.


Council Members:

CPA Bertha Joseph Dena

CPA Bertha Joseph Dena is an astute accountant with a wealth of experience spanning 27 years. Prior to her re-appointment by the Education Cabinet Secretary, through Gazette Notice No. 10761, Ms. Dena had served in various organizations including the Stagecoach Bus Services, AIG Global Investments and PineBridge Investments East Africa in different capacities. The Netherlands trained and United States International University don also serves on the boards of several institutions including Kenya Ports Authority, and Information Communications Technology Authority. She is also a member of the Institute of Certified Accountants of Kenya, and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

—————————————————————————————————————————————-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.

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