Dr. Judith Nyakundi-Obura
Director of FinanceThe new Director of Finance is Dr. Judith Nyakundi-Obura, a member of our community for the last few years. Indeed, her Doctor of Business Administration degree was conferred upon her during the 39th Commencement Ceremony held this August.
And that’s not all; her BSc in Business Administration (Accounting, graduated Cum Laude) in 2008, and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) in 2010 were all granted by USIU-Africa.
Dr. Obura is a Certified Public Accountant (K) and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. Her extensive professional experience includes serving as Divisional Accountant at Capital Group (1999-2000), Forensic Auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick (2001) and in several positions at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi (Senior Financial Accountant, 2001-2005; Management Accountant, 2006-2008; and Financial Accounting Manager, 2008-2015).
In her last position as Finance and Commercial Manager at Business Connexion - Kenya, she was responsible for overall coordination and control of the company’s policies and resources, planning and budgeting functions, assessment and contribution to overall commercial activities of the company, managing the company’s investment portfolio, ensuring organizational compliance with professional and statutory requirements, conducting due diligence in partnership recruitment processes, managing financial and operational risk by establishing and maintaining effective internal control systems, goal setting, and performance appraisal and staff development.
Dr. Nyakundi-Obura has also been an adjunct lecturer at USIU-Africa teaching Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting and International Managerial Finance courses.
Dr. Obura takes over the Directorship from Chief Accountant Ms. Edith Guchu, who held the position in an acting capacity, and will oversee the Departments of Finance and Procurement.
Professor Wangari Mwai
Associate DVC - Student AffairsProfessor Wangari Mwai (Professor of Literature) is the new Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge the sub-division of Student Affairs. She is the first substantial holder of the position, which was previously held in an acting capacity by Dr. Josephine Arasa (Associate Professor of Psychology).
She reports directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic and Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono, and will oversee the Departments of Admissions, Students Affairs, Counseling Services, Career Services, and the Office of the Registrar.
Prof. Mwai received her Bachelor of Education and an MA (Education) both from the University of Nairobi, while her Doctor of Philosophy (Literature) degree was granted by Maseno University. She also holds an Executive MBA in Business and Leadership from CBS/SMI based in the Swedish capital - Copenhagen. Her extensive experience in higher education includes serving as Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Maseno University for 9 years, and at Kenyatta University as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, Director of Kenyatta University’s satellite and offshore campuses, and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration.
She has also served as Chair of the Association of African Women on Research and Development for 10 years, and as Chair of the Technical Committee for the African Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership, a position she held for 3 years.
A distinguished scholar, Professor Mwai has published six books, numerous research papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and organized and participated in many academic conferences. She has also supervised and mentored dozens of masters and doctoral students, and undertaken several consultancies.
She has received numerous grants for projects such as the establishment of the United Nations Women African Centre for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership and the Young African Leadership Initiative at Kenyatta University. In 2014, Kenya’s President bestowed on her the national honor of the Order of the Grand Warrior.
Professor Angelina Nduku Kioko
Acting Dean, School of Humanities and Social SciencesProfessor Angelina Kioko (Professor of Literature) has accepted to serve as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in an acting capacity. She joined the then School of Arts and Sciences in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics, rising to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2007.
Professor Kioko received her Bachelor of Education (First Class Honors) at the University of Nairobi (Kenyatta University College) in 1985, MA in Linguistics also at the University of Nairobi and PhD in Linguistics at Monash University in Australia.
She has served in various administrative positions at USIU-Africa including Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor for Quality Assurance, Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and currently she is the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for the University’s American accrediting body - the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
Prior to joining USIU-Africa, she served as Chairperson of the Department of English and Linguistics at Kenyatta University. A renowned scholar, Professor Kioko is the author of more than twenty books including English for Secondary Schools—Form 1 (Oxford University Press: Dar es Salaam, 2014) and New Language Bearings in Africa: A Fresh Quest (Multilingual Matters: Clevedon, England, 2004), numerous articles in refereed international journals and chapters in book collections and more than two dozen conference presentations.
She has also published extensively on quality assurance issues. Professor Kioko has served as an external examiner at nearly a dozen universities and as a training consultant for numerous agencies and institutions.