Panelist Profiles

Prof. Macharia Munene

Professor of History and International Relations at the United States International University (USIU), Nairobi, Kenya. He also serves as a Visiting Professor at Universitat Jaume-1, Castellon, Spain, and as a Professorial Friend of the National Defense College, Karen, and Nairobi, Kenya. Professor Munene has published widely. He holds PhD in Diplomatic history from Ohio University.

Ms. Muthoni Wanyeki

  1. Muthoni Wanyeki is Amnesty International (AI)'s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. She's previously worked as the Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

Ms. Wanyeki is also a PhD candidate in politics and international studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.  Her research focuses on the African Union and its right to intervene.

She serves in a voluntary capacity as the Chair of the Open Society's Justice Initiative (OS JI) and Board member of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) of King's College London and the University of Nairobi.  She also writes a column for the weekly East African.

 Dr. Duncan Ojwang

Dr. Ojwang holds a Doctor of philosophy (SJD) in law and Policy, Human Rights with emphasis on Indigenous People from Law University of Arizona, James Rogers College of Law. He teaches at the University of Nairobi as well as USIU-Africa.

Dr. Mari Nelson

Dr. Mari E. Nelson was born in the USA. She is a career educationist trained in the United States of America who is a licensed teacher K-12 with Life Certification.  She received a BA degree in English from Greenville College, Illinois; an MA degree in Counseling from Washington University, Missouri; and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University in Ohio.  She is the former Adviser of EdUSA and an experienced educational administrator, counselor and teacher at secondary and collegiate levels.  Dr. Nelson is a career educationist who loves the continent of Africa wholeheartedly.

 She has authored a children's book, illustrated by Ying Ching titled I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, and edited with Dr. Monica Mweseli, a book of women's literature.  A wordsmith who loves God and using words to give shape and meaning to HIS ideas which is evident from her oral presentation in church, universities and community functions.


Dr. Maina Muchara

Dr. Muchara is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of London, and subsequently pursued an MBA at USIU-Africa. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi. His specialty areas are: Strategic Management, Total Quality Management and Organizational Behavior.