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NAME:                                    Gerrishon K. Ikiara
DATE OF BIRTH:                   1948

MARITAL STATUS:               Married with four children

CONTACTS                            +254721-424401/+254733-823249


POSTAL ADDRESS               P. O.   Box 54202-00200,Nairobi

NATIONALITY:                     Kenyan

QUALIFICATIONS:                1975-(B.A) (Econ),UniversityofNairobi.

1977-.M A (Econ), University of Nairobi.

CAREER OBJECTIVES:         In an academic and research career spanning over a period of more than 25 years and 5 years in a senior policy formulation and implementation position in Kenya’s government, My objective has been to make a difference, add value in every assignment I undertake and attain professional ethics and  excellence.



CURRENT POSITION:         Senior Lecturer (Economics) at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi.

2003-2008                               Permanent Secretary, Ministry ofTransport,Kenya government

  • During the period I served as the Accounting Officer in the Ministry whose dockets included Road transport, Railway transport, maritime and shipping transport and Air transport
  • Participated in Policy formulation and implementation  touching on national and regional modes of transport; represented the country in various national and international meetings; supervised the drafting of the Integrated  National Transport Policy Paper; was a member of the steering committee on the Kenya-Uganda Railway concession and led the Kenyan delegation in several Bilateral  Air Service Agreements.
  • Served as a member of the steering committee in the formulation ofKenya’s Vision 2030  

2003-2008                               Served as Director in the following Boards of Directors:-

  • Kenya Airports Authority
  • Kenya Ports Authority
  • KenyaRailways Corporate
  • KenyaRoads Board
  • KenyaAirways
  • Kenya Ferry Services Ltd
  • KenyaNational Shipping Line
  • TelkomKenya
  • Postal corporation


1990-2003                               Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics/Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (IDIS), University of Nairobi.

1991-1990                               Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Nairobi.

1977-1980                               Assistant Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Nairobi.

Consultancy Work for National and International Bodies


  1. Consultant Transport Expert for East African Community and African Development Bank for Infrastructure Development and Financing for the EAC Heads of State Retreat held in Nairobi on November 2012.
  2. Consultant for Trade Mark East Africa for Training Needs Assessment Study for Road Transport Operators in EAC. A Study for EAC, 2012.
  3. Consultant for IFRI on Food Security and Nutrition in Kenya, 2012.
  4. Currently serving as the Chairman on the Taskforce on Draft Policy for Management of State and County Corporations (SCAC).
  5. Consultant for World Bank on Update of Diagnostic of the Political Economy of Kenya’s Infrastructure (Roads and Ports) 2011.
  6. Consultant for World Bank on Diagnostic of the Political Economy of Kenya’s Infrastructure (Roads and Ports) 2010.
  7. Consultant for African Development Bank on Mapping of Business Associations in Africa September 2010.
  8. Consultant for Development Partners on Aid Effectiveness and Coordination Planning Retreat held in Aberdare Country Club 2009.
  9. Kenya-Consultant for Government / Development Partners on Review of Harmonization, Alignment and Coordination Process in Kenya 2005-2009.
  10. Kenya-Consultant for ODI on Cash Transfer Programmes in Kenya 2009.
  11. Consultant for Government of Southern Sudan on The Role of Public and Private Sectors in the Development of Transport Infrastructure, workshop held in Juba, Southern Sudan, August 2008 and August 2009.
  12. Team Leader (Kenya) CAPAS UNCTAD Project on Trade in Services, 1992-2000.
  13. Consultant for the Kenya Government in the formulation of Kenya’s position on the future European Union-East African Relations, 1997.
  14. Resource person in consultation meetings in Brusselsand Maastrich on the “Lomeconvention beyond the year 2000”, 1996
  15. Consultant for ADB on “Kenya’s Economic Profile” for the African Development Report, 1995.
  16. Consultant for SIDA on: “Political economy of poverty reduction in Kenya,” February-March, 1995
  17. Economic consultant, for DANIDA on Evaluation of DANIDA funded sewerage projects in small urban centers inKenya, July-September 1994.
  18. Economic consultant onKenyahealth care financing project on “Development of alternative Health insurance schemes inKenya”, March 1994.
  19. Consultant for SIDA on “Corruption in the Kenyan economy”, 1993.
  20. Consultant for ILO in “Small scale industries inKenya” 1993.
  21. Consultant for DANIDA, in the Development of a Monitoring System for the Co-operative Development Fund, 1993.
  22. Consultant for the “Evaluation of the decentralized management co-operative training for the Kenya/Nordic co-operative development programme, July-Nov, 1993.
  23. Consultant for a UNIDO report on “Private domestic investment in industry in least developed countries.” August, 1993.
  24. Consultant for the UN-financed project on “New Technologies and manufactured exports: The Kenyan case study”, 1992/93.
  25. Consultant for an ILO on “Kenya’s public sector retrenchment and redeployment” in
  26. Member of a team of economists from University of Nairobi, University of Gotenberg (Sweden) and World Bank undertaking a survey on the Kenya manufacturing sector, February 1993 to June 1994.
  27. Consultant for the “Mid-term review mission of the Co-operative Development Fund,Kenya”, for the co-operative bank ofKenyaand DANIDA, May 1992.
  28. An Economic consultant on “The performance of Parastatals and their impact on the manufacturing sector of Kenya”, for the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, November 1991.
  29. Consultant in the integrated policy approach to youth employment in Kenya for the International Labour Organization (ILO), January 1990.
  30. Consultant in the Co-operative Development Fund: A Baseline survey for DANIDA and Co-operative Bank inKenya, December 1990.
  31. Consultant for a DANIDA Appraisal mission of the rural trading and production centers programme, 1990.
  32. Economic consultant on delivery and financing of health care for Ministry of Health, USAID and World bank, 1986-89.
  33. Economic consultant on delivery and financing of health care for Ministry of Health, USAID and World bank, 1986-89
  34. Consultant for Commonwealth Secretariat,London, on “Kenya’s opportunities, pitfalls and strategies in the Uruguay Multilateral Trade Negotiations.”, 1989


I have published widely on Kenyan and African economies and a wide range of International Trade and Economic issues. The following are some of the books, book chapters and articles published on above issues;

  1. Emerging National, Regional and Global Issues inKenya’s Services Sector,  Mwega  M and Nyangito (eds) African Imperatives in the World Trade Order, in case studies onKenya, African Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative project June 2005.
  2. “Corruption in Public Procurement; 2000; in Andrew Mullei (ad): The Link BetweenCorruption and Poverty: Lessons from Kenya Case Studies, The African Centre for
    Economic Growth,Nairobi, 2000.
  3. Kenya’s Trade in Services: Should the Country fully Liberalize?” in Robert M. Stein (ad). Trade in Services in Developing Countries, Michigan University Press, 2000 (forthcoming).
  4. “Labour and Employment Issues” (chapter 16) in Dick Foeken, et al (eds), Kenya Coast Handbook: A Survey in Local and Regional Development, African Studies Centre, Leiden 2000.
  5. “Globalization, Regionalism and Civil Society: The Challenge for Eastern and SouthernAfrica” in J.E. Nyang’oro (ed.): Civil Society and Democratic Development in African: Perspectives from Eastern and Southern Africa, Mwengo, Harare, 1999.
  6. “A Review of EU andACPproposals on Future Trade Relations” in Susanna Wolf(ed.). The Future of EU-ACPRelations, Peter Lang,Bonn, 1999.
  7. ‘Planning in the African Context”, in J.M. Waiguchu, et al (eds.): Management of Organizations in Africa: A Handbook and Reference, Quorum Books, London 1999.
  8. “Managing Privatization in Africa’ in J.M Waiguchu, et al (eds.): Management of Organizations inAfrica. A Handbook and Reference, Quorum books,London, 1999.
  9. “Economic Restructuring and Poverty in Kenya” in N. Ngethe and W. Owino (eds.). From Sessional Paper No.10 to Structural Adjustment: Towards indigenizing the Policy
    Debate,Institute ofPolicy Analysis and Research,Nairobi, 1999.
  10. “Adjustment, Technological Capabilities and Enterprise Dynamics inKenya” jointly with GaneshanWignaraja in Sanjay Lall (ad.): “The Technological Response to Import Liberalization in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Macmillan Press, Hampshire, 1999
  11. “Rising to the Challenge: The Private Sector Response in Kenya” in PekkaSeppala (ed.):
    Liberalized and Neglected? Food Marketing Policies in Eastern Africa, World
    Development Studies No.12, United Nations University, World Institute for Development
    Economics Research (WIDER), 1998.
  12. “L’economie Kenyan Face aL”ajustement structural (1978-1995)” in Francois (lngnon et Gerard Prunier (eds.): “Le Kenya Contemporain”, Editions Karthala et IFRA, Paris, 1998.
  13. “Financing of Political Parties” jointly with Eve Odete in The Road to Democracy, ESAURP, Dar-es-Salaam, 1998.
  14.  “The Place of Local Government in the Enhancement of the Democratic Process”, jointly with Eve Odete in ESAURP, Dar-es-Salaam, 1998.
  15.  “The Structure of Kenya’s Manufacturing” jointly with others AmaBigsten and Peter Kimuyu (eds.): Structure and Performance of Manufacturing inKenya,Goteborg, 1998.
  16. “Kenya’s Experience with Economic Policies for Regional Development” Jointly with Z.
    Okeyo in AyeleTirfie et al (eds.): Regional Development Policy in Africa: Problems and
    Prospects Towards the 21 Century, United Nations Centre for Regional Development
    (UNCRD), Nairobi, 1998.
  17. Quel avenir pour la Convention Lome’? Quelles Preoccupations pour l’AfriqueT’ in Gender, La Convention de Lome’ en Questions, Editions Karthala, Paris, 1997.
  18. “The Green Paper on Relations between the European Union and theACPCountries: Some Comments” ECDPM Working Paper No.26, Maastricht, 1997.
  19. Adjustment; Employment and Labour Market Institutions: Kenya (Chapter 4) jointly with Njuguna S. Ndungu in Willem van Der Geest and Roiph Van Der Hoeven (eds) Adjustment, Employment and Missing Institutions in Africa: The Experience in Eastern and Southern Africa, International Labour Organization, Geneva.
  20. “Structural Adjustment and theLome’ Convention”: Issues for the post-Lome’ IV Negotiations, Working Paper No. 48, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM),Maastricht, 1997.
  21. “The Economic Situation inEast Africaand its Implication on Education” in Thomas W. Scheidtweiler and Thomas McDonald (ads.): Higher Education inEast Africa, KAAD,Bonn, 1997.
  22. “Macro Policy Framework for Small-scale Industries inKenya” JASPA Working Papers, I.L.O.,Addis Ababa, 1996.
  23. “The European Union-ACPRelationship”: The Case of Eastern Africa, Working Paper on EU Development Policy, No.4, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn, Germany, 1996
  24. “U.S.-Africa Trade” in MachariaMunene et al (ads.): The United States and Africa: From Independence to the end of the Cold War, East African Educational Publishers Ltd. Nairobi
  25. “The Crisis of Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa” (jointly with OsitaOgbu), in the Courier No. 149, Jan-Feb., 1995.
  26. “The Transition to Market Economies: The Challenges and Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa” in lida Tsuneo and KshiokaTomihide (eds.): The Transition to Market
    Economy and the Transition of Market Economy, International Research Centre for
    Japanese Studies, International Symposium No.9, 1995.
  27. “The Cereals Chain in Kenya: Actors, Reforms and Politics” (jointly with Jama and Amadi) in Gibbon, P. (Ed): Markets, Civil Society and Democracy in Kenya, Nordiska
    Afrikainstitutet,Uppsala, 1995.
  28. “Political Economy of Poverty Reduction inKenya” jointly with Arne Tostensen, Michels Institute, 1995.
  29. “Technological Change and Manufactured Exports in Kenya” in Samuel Wangwe (ed):
    Exporting Africa: Trade, Technology and Industrial Development (United Nations Routledge, London, 1995.
  30. “Entrepreneurship, industrialization and the national Bourgeoisie in Africa” in UIF Heixnmelstrand et al (eds.) African perspectives on Development. James Currey, London
  31.  “Technology and Skills in Kenyan Manufacturing” Report to World Bank’s Regional Program on Enterprise Development, World Bank,WashingtonD.C.
  32. ‘Political and economic reforms in Kenya”: The Business Community’s Perspectives in LA
  33. “Economic Liberalization and its Impact on African Economies” in KivuthaKibwana et al (eds.): Law and Development in the Third World Faculty of Law,UniversityofNairobi, Nairobi 1994.
  34. “An Integrated Policy Approach to Youth Employment inKenya” (jointly with Drs. M. Yambo
  35. “Urban self- employment inKenya: Panacea or viable strategy?” (Jointly with W.J Hobse and D. McCormick), in World Development Vol.21, No.7, 1993.
  36. “Economic systems inAfrica” in Tukwnbob, A. (Ed). A Christian mind in a changing Africa AEA1’VI,Nairobi1993.
  37. “Agricultural decline, politics and structural adjustment in Kenya” in Peter Gibbon (ed):
    Social change and economic reforms inAfrica: NordiskaAfrikainstitutet,Uppsala 1993.
  38.  “The challenge of health care provision in the city of Nairobi” in African Urban quarterly Journal. Vol.7Nos. 1-2, May 1992.
  39. “Employment planning, promotion and policies in Kenya” in Manpower and employment planning and labour market information in Kenya: Report of a national training
    workshop. Ministry of Manpower Development and Employment,Nairobi, 1992.
  40. “Rule of law and the economic system conditions of the Grass-root population” in KivuthaKibwana (ad.). Law and the administration of justice inKenya. International commission of jurists (Kenyasection),Nairobi, 1992.
  41. “Africaand the global economic system: The Dependency syndrome” in KivutoNdeti and Kenneth R. Gray (eds.).The second scramble forAfrica: a response and the critical analysis of the challenges facing contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa. Professors world peaceacademyofKenya, 1992.
  42. ‘Public sector retrenchment and redeployment: The case of Kenya.”, An ILO Working paper
  43. “Policy changes and the informal sector: A review “in Coughlin P. and Ikiara, G.K. (Eds.):
    The industrialization dilemma. Heinemann Kenu Ltd,Nairobi, 1991.
  44. “State intervention in small Enterprises: The case of Kenya Industrial Estates”, in P. Anyang’ Nyongo and P. Coughlin (ads.). Industrialization at Bay. Academy Science
    publishers,Nairobi, 1991.
  45. The Industrialization Dilemma (Co-editor with Coughlin, P.) Heinemann (K) Ltd.
  46. “Increasing Africa’s participation in international trade negotiations” in Murray Smith (ad.): Africa and the multilateral trade negotiations: Public policy institute,Montreal, 1991.
  47.  “Kenya’s interests in trade in services” in international restructuring Education network Europe (I.R.E.N.E.) News issue No.11, January 1990.
  48.  “The promotion of self- employment and small scale enterprises in urbanKenya: A case study” (jointly with William House and Dorothy McCormick), World Employment programme Research, working paper No. 45.Intemational Labour office,Geneva, September, 1990.
  49. “Increasing the role of small scale irrigation projects in Kenya&’ in Ruigu and M. Rukimi (ads.); Irrigation policy in Kenyaand Zimbabwe. Instituteof Developmentstudies,
    University ofNairobi,Nairobi 1990.
  50. “Kenya’s Participation in Regional and Global Trade Arrangement”, in John Whalley (ad.); Developing Countries and Global Trading System Vol.2. Case studies from a Ford
    Foundation, project (Macmillan London 1989).
  51. “Kenya’s Participation in Regional and Global Trade Arrangement”, in John Whalley (ad.); Developing Countries and global trading system Vol.2. Case studies from a Ford
    Foundation, project (Macmillan London 1989).
  52. “Incentives and Interference: A response to F. Catherwood’s “The Diffusion of Economic Power”, in Transformation. Vol.6. No. 4 October, December, 1989. (Written jointly with Peter K. Kimuyu).
  53. Member Of The ‘Team That Produced: John Whalley (coordinator) The Uruguay round and beyond: The final report from the Ford Foundation project on Developing countries and the Global trading system. Macmillan,London, 1989.
  54. Industrialization in Kenya: In Search of a Strategy (Co-editor with Coughlin, P.), Heinemann (K),Nairobi, 1988.
  55. “The Human Crisis at the Country Level; Kenya’s Experience in Sustaining the Human Dimension Inspite of the Economic Crisis” ECAIICHD/88/7, United Nations Economic
    Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, March 1988.
  56. “The Role of Government Institutions in Kenya’s Industrialization” in Peter Coughlin and G.K. Ikiara (eds.): Industrialization in Kenya: In Search of a Strategy, Heinemann. Nairobi 1988.
  57. “The Economy” (chapter 5) in Kenya: An Official Handbook. 1963-1988, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,Nairobi, 1988.
  58. “Kenya” (Chapter 7 in John Whalley (ed.): Dealing with the South,UniversityofWestern   OntarioPress, 1987.
  59. “Shedding the Ivory Tower Image” in Wajibu (Journal of Social and Religious Concern) Vol.2, No.4, 1987.
  60. “Kenya” (Chapter 7 in John Whalley (ed.): Dealing with the South,UniversityofWestern   OntarioPress, 1987.
  61. “An Evaluation of the Policy measures and incentives for industry and agriculture contained in the Sessional Paper No.1 of 1986” in Lewis O. Odhiambo and John E.O. Odada (eds.) Kenya’s industrial and agricultural strategies towards the year 2000. (Report of Proceedings of the Workshop held from 21-25 September, 1987 inNairobi, Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
  62.  “Social Indicators and Integrated Development Planning: The Case ofKenya” in Social- Economic Studies No.12, 1986, UNESCO.
  63. “Cultural Factors and Development: The Case ofKenya”, in the Courier (E.E.C Publication), November 1986.
  64. “Guidelines on Cooperatives Investment and their Economic Implications” in Lewis 0.
    Odhiamboand J.E.0. Odada (eds.): Studies on Cooperatives: Papers presented at the
    Workshop on the Role of Cooperatives in Development of the Kenyan Economy in
    Kencho, 10th-4th November, 1986, Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
  65.  “The Kenyan Economy: An Overview” in the Wall Street Journal,December 21, 1985.
  66.  “Industrial Democracy and its Applicability in African Countries” in ARLAC, Vol.1, March 1984.
  67. “Economy After the Boom”, in the Guardian (London), June 1979.
  68. “The Balance of Payment Adjustment Process” (with Professors 3.K. Maitha and Tony
    Killick): A report for the UNDP/UNCTAD, March 1978.



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