University Council

As the chief manager, supervisor and administrator of university assets, the Council determines financial provisions for capital, expenditure and reserve of the University. The organ which is mandated to spearhead collaborations and linkages with other bodies or organizations, also receives grants, donations or endowments on behalf of the University.

The Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology in 2015 appointed and gazetted new persons to constitute JKUAT Council for a period of four years.

The new team of six is headed by Prof. Paul W. Kanyari Njuki. Other members of the Council include The Vice Chancellor, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education.

Below is a brief of the members of the JKUAT Council


Prof. Paul W. Njuki Kanyari

IMG_9868Paul Njuki Kanyari, a Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Nairobi sits at the helm of the University Council as the Chairman. Wielding expansive teaching, research and administrative experience, the scholar has a plethora of publications under his belt. Between July and October 2012, Prof. Kanyari served as Acting Principal, Embu University College. From 2004 to 2008, he also served as Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi. Between 1993 and 2004, Prof. Kanyari served as member of the College Advisory Committee on the DANIDA funded Ruminant Gastrointestinal Helminth Research Project. Prof. Kanyari earned his Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and Master’s degree in Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology all from the University of Nairobi, between 1975 and 1982. He then proceeded for his PhD in Parasitology at University of Queensland, Australia where he graduated in 1989.      


Ms. Bertha Joseph Dena, Council Member

BerthaBertha Joseph Dena is an astute accountant with a wealth of experience spanning 27 years. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Dena has 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 Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.


Eng. John K. Tanui, Council Member

TanuiEng. John Tanui is the current CEO of Konza Technology Development Authority. A registered telecommunications engineer, Tanui joins his contemporaries at the varsity top management organ, bringing along over 17 years of professional and work experience in the areas of operations management, engineering delivery and turnkey projects management. Mr. John Tanui earned his undergraduate in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Moi University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Global Business Management from the University of Nairobi.


Dr. (Eng.) John M. Mativo

MativoDr. John Mativo is a registered civil engineer (ERB, MIEK) with over 20 years’ experience in structural engineering research, design and construction supervision and contract management. He earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, in 2007 and a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Tongi University, China in 1999. Previously, he worked with Ministry of Roads and Public Works; and H.P. Gauff Consulting Engineers. Dr. Mativo has a number of peer reviewed publications.



Ms. Njoki Kahiga, HSC, OGW

Ms. Njoki Kahiga brings to the Council an expansive experience covering strategic planning, policy formulation, budgeting and financial management. A Human Resource Development practitioner and trainer, Njoki currently serves as a Commissioner with Kenya Law Reform Commission. Previously, she served as Acting Permanent Secretary in the former Ministry of State for Public Service and member of the Advisory Board of Strathmore Business School. She holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Salford, United Kingdom.


Mr. Maurice Odhiambo Onyango

Mr. Maurice Odhiambo Onyango brings to the Council over 25 years’ practical accounting, audit and tax management experience.  A target driven professional, Maurice served as General Manager, Finance and Administration with the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Cooperation between 2010 and 2013. He is currently a Partner at Menya and Associates Certified Public Accountant, Tax Management Consultant. The CPA (K) holder earned his B.Com degree from Jabalpur University, India in 1989 and an MBA degree in Finance from Leeds University, United Kingdom in 1996.