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Kianji is a professional geologist specializing in Geophysics/Seismology. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi with over 15 years working, teaching and research experience in various aspects of geology, geophysics (seismology) and the environment. She has eight (8) published papers and one master complete master supervision. She is currently pursing PhD in Geophysics/ Seismology and is nearing completion. Her core activities include teaching, research in geophysics/seismology and geo-exploration for mine development. She has also been involved in the geophysical evaluation for geo-energy, water and mineral resource exploration and exploitation.

Kianji has received a presidential award “The Order of the Grand Worior (OGW)” in 2008 as part of the Kenya Task Force for the Delineation of Kenya’s Outer Continental Shelf.  Kianji has been recently appointed as part of the selection panel for the recruitment of the members of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission by the president though the process was later taken up by the Public Service commission. 

She has served as the vice chairperson of Council at Machakos University College with effect from the 9th of May 2012 to 31st of July 2013 when the new Education Act 2012 was affected. She was reappointed to serve in the new council from the 31st of July 2013 to date. During her term she has contributed immensely in the development of an effective education and administrative framework that will soon see Machakos University College become a fully pledged University soonest. Among key duties allocated to her is the chair of the Machakos University Pension Scheme and the academic and linkages committee of Council.  

Kianji has held key leadership positions in her over 15 years of professional practice and has served as the first lady chairperson of Geological Society of Kenya (GSK) having transformed the society into a vibrant society. She is a member of Geologists Registration Board (GRB), where she previously served as the vice-chair and chair of the Geologist Registration Board Application Committee. She currently sits in two boards of |Secondary schools and previously served in the District Education Board (DEB) of Tigania west.

Kianji has played key roles in the drafting of various policies, bills and strategic plans. She has coordinated various research and scientific conferences, workshops and seminars with key stake holders. She has been able to attract funds for various research projects.

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