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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 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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