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Academic Biography of George E Otiang’a-Owiti
Positions Held
i. AssociateProfessor of Veterinary Anatomy - Core faculty member of Departement of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, University of Nairobi
ii. Principal, Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, Naivasha-Kenya
I am a trained Veterinarian with 34 years in capacity buidling and research. I hold a BVM and MSc from the University of Nairobi and a PhD in Anatomy from the Univeristy of California, Davis-USA. Over the years I undertaken research and my research interests included tteratology and developmental anomalies in mammals, placentation in non-human primates and public education on health and environmental issues. I have lectured and examined at Universities across East and Southern Africa on issues of Veterinary Medicine. I have been Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the California Regional Primate Research Centre, University of California, Davis, USA. I have been involved in many activities at University level. Most of these have centered on the implementation of management systems as well as operational plans of the University of Nairobi. Prior to taking up my current position I served as the Chairman of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Nairobi for just over 6 years.
My current position is that of the Principal of Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute situated in Naivasha, an Institution whose mandate is training and research in Natural Resources Management and Tourism Development. This is a very challenging position whereby I am in-charge of all the academic, administrative and financial matters of the Institute. In the time I have been at the Institute, I have created a more responsive and market-driven institution through improved productivity, establishment of strategic alliances and the introduction of new products (courses and hospitality initiatives).
Over the years, I have demonstrated my capability as a planner, organizer and excellent decision maker, as well as a team player capable of providing effective leadership under pressure. I have considerable International and management experience coupled with proven track record of institutional management and growth. I am also a strong leader with good management, leadership and communication skills plus a solid foundation in corporate governance. I have been the Chair-Eastern and Southern Africa Sub-Regional Training Board for UNEP/GEF AEWA Flyways Project – Wings Over Wetlands Project -2007 to 2009 and have been a board member of the Wetlands International African Programme up to 2009. Currently I am a Board member of Wetlands International Kenya Programme. Additionally, I have been a Governing Board Member of the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka Tanzania from 2001-2012.
I am the author or co-author of more than 32 peer-reviewed articles describing original research findings in the areas of reproductive/developmental morphology, and physiology and environmental issues. Later publications have veered away from the topics dealt with in my thesis, relating to issues having diverse natural resources and environmentla frameworks. The subjects of some of my recent articles, for example, Human Impacts of Lake Ecosystem: the Case of Lake Naivasha gave me a chance to lead a multidisciplinary project where we have been able to develop a Integrated Management Plan that is being used as a framework for improving the long-term sustainability of watersheds in Naivasha Basin.
Many plans for the future are on my horizon. I have already committed myself to several initiatives that will inevitably lead to some new issues and ideas as they related to natural resources management (with emphasis on environment, wetlands and wildlife forensics).

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