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B. BIODATA
Prof. Kiama Gitahi is the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Human Resource and
Administration at the University of Nairobi, a position he has occupied since February 2019.
Prof. Kiama has acquired 15 years uninterrupted hands-on administrative experience at
senior level in the basic and higher education Management in Kenya. He has been a
member of University of Nairobi Senate and University Executive Board since 2003 and 2016
respectively. In 2003, he was appointed as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine. In 2005, Prof. Kiama was appointed Chairman of the Department of Veterinary
Anatomy and Physiology thus doubling up as both Chair and Associate Dean, a position he
served until 2010 when he was appointed the Director of Wangari Maathai Institute for
Peace and Environmental Studies. He served as Director of the Institute until 2016 when he
was appointed as Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. Prof. Kiama
played a key role in conceptualizing and actualizing the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace
and Environmental Studies when he was serving as the Associate Dean and Chairman of the
Department. The late Prof. Wangari Maathai in whose honor the Institute is named, and the
2004 Nobel Peace Laureate spent many days from August 2008 with Prof. Kiama sharing her
vision of the Institute. Unfortunately, Prof Wangari Maathai passed on in 2011 just about 3
years after the Institute was approved by the University of Nairobi Council.
In order to hone his strategic leadership skills, Prof. Kiama registered and successfully
completed a senior management course in Strategic leadership and Development Program
at the Kenya School of Government in August 2014. Besides offering leadership at the
University Prof. Kiama has good experience in governance of Basic Education in the country.
He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Management of Gatugi Girls
Secondary School in Nyeri County (2015 to date) and Utafiti Primary School in Makueni
County (2016 to date). He has served as a member of Board of Governors of Gatugi
Secondary School for several years.
In October 2018, Prof. Kiama was elected to serve as the Chairman of Deans and Principals
of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The
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Curriculum Vitae Prof. Kiama S G, April 2019
mission of RUFORUM is to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations
responsive to demands of small-holder farmers
Prof. Kiama is an accomplished scholar with proven track record in formulating and
managing academic programs as demonstrated by his publications in peer review journals;
supervising and mentoring Master and PhD students and serving as academic head in the
Department, Institute and College. He has supervised and mentored 12 PhD Students and
14 Masters Students to completion and co-authored over 140 journal and conference
publications.
Prof. is a holder of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (1990) and Master of Veterinary
Anatomy (1995) degrees from University of Nairobi, Kenya and Doctor of Philosophy in
Structural Biology (2001) from University of Bern, Switzerland. He was employed by the
University of Nairobi upon graduation in 1990 as an assistant Lecturer and later promoted to
Lecturer (1995), Senior Lecturer (2002), Associate Professor (2012) and Professor (2016). He
has a cumulative 29 years of research and teaching experience at various institutions of
higher learning including University of Nairobi, St. Andrews University in Scotland, Free
University of Berlin, Germany, University of Bern, Switzerland, University of Witwatersrand,
South Africa and University of Ghana, Ghana. At the University of Ghana, he helped to set
up the Anatomy laboratory and to give the first lectures to the inaugural class of Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine students

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