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She is the current Acting Deputy Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sceinces (CHSS); Director of Research and Enterprise and is the only Professor of Fiscal Law and Policy in Eastern Africa. She holds a PhD in Law and is a specialist in Fiscal Law, Policy and Development. She is an advocate, company secretary and arbitrator of 20 years standing. She founded the Committee on Fiscal Studies where the team spearheaded the first agreement on sharing of data between a University and a revenue agency globally, between the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Revenue Authority and actively mentors the next generation of researchers. She currently teaches at the Law School, University of Nairobi; the Law School, University of Rwanda; and the Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She has previously taught in Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

She has researched and published on global, African, Asian, European as well as Latin American issues.She has published over 40 articles, book chapters and reports. Her book 'Tax and Development’ (2013) is the first publication globally that links the areas of tax and human rights and her more recent publication ‘Financing Africa’ (2019) is the first publication globally to map out African fiscal systems.

She has received research grants from the European Commission, GIZ, Open Society and Oxfam. She also consults for international institutions like the UN, government agencies as well as civil society organizations. Her funded research includes issues around financing rights, financing health, taxation of collective investment vehicles as well as researching issues related to the United Nations Tax Committee.

She was a nominee in 2017 for the position of UN Special Rapporteur on Development and is an Observer to the UN Tax Committee. She sits on several boards related to the training and research into elements of fiscal systems and is Vice Chair of the Council of RAF International University. She has a page on Wikipedia and her opinions have been featured in the Irish Times, BBC, Al Jazeera, Trouw, DutchNews, NationTV, African Arguments, Standard News, Sierra Leone Telegraph, the Namibian, the Spider’s Web Documentary. Her work has been published in English, French, Kiswahili, Arabic, Norweigen, German and Spanish. She has been invited to speak at some of the leading international, continental and regional organizations & universities as well as governments and national parliaments across the world. Prof Waris is visible on social media.

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