PROF. AMB. MARIA NZOMO, PHD; MA; BA (Hons.) MBS

 

 

 

DIRECTOR,

INSTITUTE OF DIPLOMACY & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES,

University of Nairobi, Box 30197-00100, Nairobi.

E-mail: nzomomaria@gmail.com  or maria.nzomo@uonbi.ac.ke

Cell: +254-716-602-306

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR,

NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE & DEFENCE STAFF COLLEGE, Karen, Nairobi

E-mail: nzomomaria@gmail.com  or maria.nzomo@uonbi.ac.ke

Cell: +254-716-602-306

 

 

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,

WOMENLEADERSHIP    & PUBLIC POLICYCENTER

Web: www.wleap.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

EDUCATION   

  • Ph.D. - Political Science &      International Relations, DalhousieUniversity     (1981)
  • M.A. - Political Science, McMaster       University     (1975)
  • B.A. (Hons.) - Political Science, University ofNairobi(1974)

 

 

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS: 1995-2013

 

  • Director,Institute   ofDiplomacy and International Studies (IDIS), University of Nairobi (UON), 2012 to date.
  • Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations,Institute ofDiplomacy and International Studies (IDIS),University   ofNairobi (UON), 1995 - 2011.
  • Associate Professor, International Relations,Institute ofPeace Studies & International Relations,CatholicUniversity ofEastern Africa, 2011-
  • Associate Professor, International Relations,NationalDefenceCollege,Nairobi, 2011-
  • Director, Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies,University ofNairobi, January 2001 - October 2003.
  • Visiting Professor, The Central European University Summer Institute, Budapest, Hungary, 2000-2003.
  • Academic Program Director: National Defence College, 2012-present
  • Academic Program Director: Defence Staff College, 2012-present
  • Regional Research Coordinator For Eastern And Southern Africa: Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), 1987-1991
  • Juror:  Social Science Research Competition on Gender issues, organized by the Organization of Social Science Research for Eastern Africa (OSSREA), 1988.

 

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE/ SKILLS

 

  • International      Relations & Comparative      African Politics
  • Diplomacy, Art and science of international      negotiations, etc
  •  International      Political Economy issues; e.g. WTO, MNCs, Globalization, etc
  • Governance,      Human Rights  & Gender
  • Security      & Conflict Studies

 

PROFESSIONAL AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Professor of Political Science, International Studies & Diplomacy
  • Diplomat & Senior Manager of Academic and Non-Academic public     institutions
  • Public Policy, Governance, & Gender Expert

 

 

EDITORIAL SKILLS

  • Member of International Editorial Boards e.g. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.,England.
  • Editor of various newsletters and magazines:-
    • KMUNG Newsletter - Kenya Mission, Geneva, 2008.
    • DIPNEWS - Newsletter of Kenya Embassy, Harare, 2005-2006.
    • CIVIC AGENDA – Newsletter of UNDP/CODESRIA Civil Society ProgramDakar, 1998-2000.
    • ENGENDERING GOVERNANCE-Newsletter for the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW),Nairobi, 1996-1998.

ACADEMIC AWARD

 

  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, University ofNorth Carolina atChapel Hill,USA, January – December 1995

 

PUBLICATIONS: Books

 

  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Challenges of Democratic Transition in Kenya: Women in Politics Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2003.
  • M. Nzomo & Ruth. N. Kibiti, Wearing Gender Responsive Media Lenses. Birds Printer, 2002.
  • M. Nzomo, The Gender Dimension of Electoral Politics in Kenya: Capacity-Building of Women Candidates for 1997 and Beyond. NCSW and Type Design Ltd., Nairobi, 1997.
  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Women Candidates in Kenyan Electoral Politics. NCSW, Type Design Ltd,Nairobi, 1997
  • M. Nzomo, Women in Top Management in Kenya. AAPAM,Nairobi, 1997
  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Empowering Kenya Women.School ofJournalism,University   ofNairobi, 1993.
  • M. Nzomo, W. Kabira & J. Oduol (eds.) Democratic Change in Africa: Women's Perspective, ACTS Press.  Nairobi, 1993.
  • M. Nzomo & K. Kibwana (eds.) Women's Initiatives in Kenya’s Democratization.Type Design Ltd.,Nairobi 1993.
  • M. Nzomo, Women in Politics and Public Decision-making. AAWORD,Nairobi, 1992.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS: Book Chapters

  • M. Nzomo (ed.) Responding to International Terrorism in Africa.  Forthcoming, 2013
  • NEPAD and Mobilization of International Resources: the Gender Dimension”, in Nyabera, A (ed), The Gender Dimensions of the NEPAD, Nairobi, Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2003
  • “Civil Society in the Kenyan Political Transition: 1990-2002,” in Oyugi and Wanyande (eds), The Kenyan Politics in Transition: 1990-2002, Nairobi, 2003
  • “Prospects for Democratic Governance: Impacts of Civil Societies and Ethnicities in Africa”, Shaw,T.M. et. Al, .eds. Governance and Ethnicities in Africa and Asia, 2001.
  • “Engendering Democratization and Empowerment: Women's Struggles Against Political Exclusion and Discrimination in East Africa”, in Stromsquist, N.P(ed.) The Encyclopedia of Third World Women.New York:Garland Publishing, 1996
  • “Shaping Democratic Change: The Women's Movement and the State in Kenya”, in Villalon, L.A.and Huxtable, P.A. (Eds.) Critical Juncture: The African   State Between Disintegration and Reconfiguration.'Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1996.
  • “Kenyan Women in Politics and Public Decision-Making”, in Mikell, G. (ed.) African Feminism: The Politics of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa, Pennsylvania: University   of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
  • “Women and Democratization in Kenya: What Relevance to Postmodernism Discourse?” in J. Parpart and M. Marchand, (eds.) Feminism, Postmodernism, Development,London: Routledge, 1995.
  • “Women in Politics and Public Decision Making”, in U. Himmelstrand et al (eds.), In Search of New Paradigms for the Study of African Development, London: James Currey, 1994
  • “African Women in the Public Sector: Status and Strategies for Women's Advancement” Sadig Rasheed et al (eds.), Managing Development in Africa: Past Experience, Emerging Challenges, Future Priorities. Macmillan, 1994
  • With K.Staudt,“Man-Made Political Machinery in Kenya: What Political Space for Women?” B.J. Nelson and Chowdhury(eds.), Women and Politics World Wide,YaleUniversity Press, 1994.
  • ‘Engendering Democratization in Kenya: A Political Perspective’, in Nzomo et.al (eds), Democratic Change in Africa: Women's Perspective, ACTS Press.  Nairobi, 1993
  • ‘Policy Impacts on Women and the Environment in Kenya’ in S. Khasiani (ed.), African Women as Environmental Managers, ACTS Press,Nairobi, 1992.
  • ‘Research Priorities and Support Needs on Women and Development in Kenya’ in Z.E Bakari and R.M. Besha (eds) Women and Development in Eastern Africa: An Agenda for Research, OSSREA,
  • 1989.
  • ‘‘Beyond the Structural Adjustment Programmes: Democracy, Gender Equity and Development in Africa’, in J.E. Nyan'goro & T.M. Shaw (eds.) Beyond Structural  Adjustment in Africa: The Political Economy of Sustainable Democratic Development. Praeger,New York,London, 1992).
  • “The KenyaWomen's Movement in a Changing Political Context’ in S. Khasiani & E.Njiro (eds.) The Women's Movement in Kenya. High Tech Computer Applications Agencies,Nairobi, 1993.
  • “External Influence on the Political Economy of Kenya: The Case of MNCS,” in W.O. Oyugi (ed.) Leading Issues in East African Politics and Administration, Konrad Adeneur Foundation, Nairobi,
  • 1992 and Heinemann, 1994
  • The Foreign Policy of Tanzania: From Cold War to Post-Cold War Era”, in Wright, S. (Ed.) African Foreign Policies, Boulder: Westview Press, 1996.

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

  • “Rethinking Global Peace and Security: Women’s Agency in Conflict and Post-Conflict in Africa” in, forthcoming in Ojielo M. O. et.al.(eds.), Civil Society & Academia in Peace and Conflict Processes in Africa, 2012
  • “Women’s Journey in Political Leadership: The Last Ten Decades”, Visionary Woman, Heinrich Boll Foundation, March 2011
  • “Impacts of Women In Political Leadership In Kenya: Struggles for Participation in Governance through Affirmative Action” Perspectives Magazine, Heinrich Boll Foundation.Cape Town, July 2011
  • “Beyond the 2002 General Elections in Kenya: Women’s Performance and Prospects in Parliamentary Politics” WAJIBU, Vol. 18, No. 1-2, May-July 2003.
  • “The Political Economy of the African Crisis”, International Journal Vol. 51, No.1 Winter, 1995-1996.
  • “The Status of Women's Human Rights in Kenya”, ISSUE, Vol. XXII/ 3. 1994.
  • “The Unfinished Democracy: The Gender dimension of democratization in Kenya”, in The Independent Review: Journal of Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. January 1993.
  • “The Gender Dimension of Democratization in Kenya: Some International Linkages”. Alternatives: Social Transformation and Humane Governance, Vol. 718, No. 1, Winter, 1993.
  • “Women's Political Participation in Kenya: From the Women's Decade to Multi-Party Era”, in L. Klempt (ed.) Women Shaping Democratic Change, Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Bonn 1992.
  • “Beyond the Women's Decade: Women's Political Participation in Kenya”. WAJIBU, Vol.7 No. 4, (1992).
  • “The Impact of the Women's Decade on Policies, Programs and Empowerment of Women in Kenya,” ISSUE. Vol. XVII\2, 1989.
  • “Harmonization of African Foreign Policies,’ International Journal, Spring1983.
  • “Women, Third World and International Peace,” in Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Vol. 12.  No 2, Spring 1987.

 

PARTICIPATION/PAPER PRESENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

·         “Women in Political Leadership In Kenya: Access, Agenda Setting & Accountability, Paper Presented at The Regional Learning Forum On Engendering Women In Political Leadership,  Sarova Panafric, Nairobi. 1-2 September 2011.

  •  “Engendering Political Leadership for building Gender Sensitive Governance”,  Paper presented at an Engendering political leadership Regional Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, 1-2 December 2009
  • “African Regionalism as a Building Block for Global Governance.” Paper presented at an International Conference on The Key to Success in Peace and Development: Regional Governance in Africa; Potsdam, Germany 27-28 March 2009
  • “Is there Any Development Agenda Left in the Doha Development Round?” Paper presented at the South Centre Workshop, Geneva. December 2008
  • ‘’Negotiations and Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe: Lessons from Kenya. and other African Countries’’, Keynote Paper delivered at seminar of World  Student Christian Federation, Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, September 2008
  • ’Women in Decision-making: Some Reflections on Past 20 Years of Gender Activism‘’: Keynote address at the Women’s Day celebration Seminar at World YWCA Secretariat, Geneva, 8th March, 2007.
  • “The Gender Dimensions of HIV-AIDS”, Keynote Speaker, SAFAIDS Southern African Gender Mainstreaming Symposium, Mbabane, 5th -7th April, 2005.
  • “Politics of economic integration and its impact on Kenya’s national interests in Southern Africa”, Paper presented at The 1st Regional Workshop for Kenyan Ambassadors and High Commissioners in the SADC Region : Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe 15th  – 18th March, 2005
  •  “African Foreign Relations in a Context of Globalization”, International Conference on Responding to Globalisation: Foreign Relations of African States, Nairobi, 26th -27th April, 2004.
  • “Status of Institutional Mechanism for Effective Gender Mainstreaming”
  • Paper presented at UNECA’S Africa Development Forum and 7th African Regional Conference on Women of the Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing PFA. 6th  – 14th  October 2004, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • “From OAU to AU and NEPAD:  Regional Integration Processes in Africa,” Keynote address at the Regional Strategy Meeting on Women’s Political Participation and Gender Mainstreaming in AU and the NEPAD, Nairobi 
  • “Prospects and Challenges of African Integration” Paper presented to COMESA Ambassadors, Harare, Zimbabwe   24th November, 2004.
  • Women, Governance and Conflicts in Africa’ Paper presented at the DPMF/OSSREA Conference on African Conflicts : Their Management, Resolution and Post Conflict Reconstruction. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13th -15th  December, 2000.
  • ‘Civil Society, Poverty and Governance in Africa’ Paper presented at the CROP/ISSER workshop on state and Society : Partnership in Poverty Reduction ? Accra, Ghana, 12th -14th October 2000
  • ‘Some lessons for Development Theory and Practice: Civic Capacity for Poverty Alleviation’ Paper presented at the CDAS international Conference on ; Development : Need for reflection September 21st -24th, 2000, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • ‘Beyond the State Crisis in Africa: What place for women and Gender Issues ?’  Paper presented at the International Conference on  ‘Beyond State Crisis ? The Quest for the Efficacious State in Africa and Eurasia’. Wisconsin – Madison, 11th – 14th March, 1999
  • ‘Gender Studies in Africa at Crossroads? Some Reflections’, Paper presented at the International Symposium on Social Sciences and the Challenges of Globalisation in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14th – 18th September, 1998. "Political and Multi-Party Democracy in East Africa" paper to be presented at the First Regional Conference on Law, Politics and Multi-Party Democracy in East Africa, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 17th - 21st October, 1993.
  • Empowering Women in Kenya For Environmental management and Sustainable Development”, Paper presented at the workshop on Peoples Participation in Management of Natural Resources, Research Needs and Research Priorities, Stockholm, Sweden, 5th – 6th October, 1992.
  • "From the Women’s Decade To Multi-party Era: Women’s Political Participation in Kenya", Paper presented at the International workshop on Women’s Involvement in Democratic Change.  Bone Germany, 20th - 23rd October, 1992.
  • "The Role of Women in Politics and Public Decision making positions in Kenya."  Paper presented at the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the role of Women in Politics and Public Decision Making. Vienna, Austria, 21st – 24th May, 1991.
  • "The Teaching of Political Economy in Kenya", Paper presented at the Conference on the Teaching of Political Science in East Africa, Arusha, Tanzania, January, 1990.
  • "Alternative Visions and Movements of Women in Africa", Paper presented at the DAWN Interregional Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May, 1990.
  • "The Role of Women NGOs in the Collection, Management and Dissemination of Information: The Case of Kenya, Paper presented at the ECA Expert Group Meeting on the Establishment of Data Bank on Women and Development in Africa, Addis Ababa, 15th – 19th May, 1989.
  • "The Women Group Movement in Kenya: A Viable Strategy for Empowerment?"  Paper presented at the Annual African DAWN Meeting, held in Ibadan, Nigeria, September, 1988.
  • "The Impact of Dependence on Development and Foreign Policy in Kenya:  The National Food Policy", Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 23rd – 26th, 1985.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of African Studies Association: Denver, Colorado, November, 19th – 23rd, 1987.
  • "The Impact of dependency and Underdevelopment on the Foreign Policies of African States:  The Case of Kenya and Tanzania, "Paper presented in a Seminar at Centre of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 10th January, 1978.
  • "Asian and the Economic Underdevelopment of East Africa "Paper presented at the annual meeting of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast ASPAC Anaheim, California June 9th – 11th, 1978.

 

 

PARTICIPATION/PAPER PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES

 

  • Governance Through Elective And Nominative Positions in the Constitution” Paper Engendering Presented at National Women’s Review Workshop Of The Constitution Amendment Bill 2011 and The Handbook on Elective and Nominative Positions in the Constitution, Nairobi Safari Club. 22nd December 2011.
  • “A Decade’s Journey Toward Gender Equality: Gender Research To Maximize Gender Gains”: A Keynote Address delivered at the National Symposium, Celebrating A Decades Achievements Toward Gender Equality: Reflecting on Strategies to Maximizing Gains, University of Nairobi Main Campus, 28th-29th 0ctober 2011.
  • “Human Rights Approach and Sustainable  Development,” Paper Discussant at National Workshop Human Rights and to Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods, University of Nairobi, Council Chamber, 19 October 2011
  • “ The Nation-State Project and Power Hierarchies in Post- Colonial Kenya” Paper presented at the Colloquium on: Critical Theory and Nation Formation in Kenya, University of Nairobi, Education Building, 30th September 2011.
  • “Rethinking Peace & Security in Africa: A Feminist Perspective”. Paper Presented at the Civil Society & Academia Colloquium on the Status of Peace and Conflict in Kenya and the Region, Great Rift Valley Safari Lodge, Naivasha: August 3-6, 2011
  •  “The Journey  and Justification of an Independent Gender & Equality Commission for Kenya”, Paper Presented at the National Consultative Conference on the Constitution, Article 59 , Lilian Towers, Nairobi, 26 July, 2011
  • “The Journey  and Justification of an Independent Gender & Equality Commission for Kenya”, Paper Presented at the National Consultative Conference on the Constitution, Article 59 , Lilian Towers, Nairobi, 26 July, 2011
  • Feminism and Governance in Africa,” Paper Presented at the National Conference on: Pathways to Feminism and Development In Africa, University of Nairobi Main Campus, Nairobi, 30th June, 2011
  • “Engendering the Kenya Truth and Justice Commission Process” Opening Remarks at TJRC Consultation With Women Rights Stakeholders,  Nairobi ,19th May 2011
  • “Women’s Rights, Freedoms and Affirmative Action: Prospects & Challenges in the Proposed Constitution of Kenya.” Paper presented at AAIIK /JICJK National Constitution Forum,  KICC, Nairobi. 7th July 2010
  • “Gender Equity for Sustainable Development: Prospects &Challenges” A Key Note Address made at the JKUAT Gender Awareness Week Forum, Juja, 15th June, 2010
  • “A Reflection on National Cohesion and its Effect on National Cohesion in Kenya” Discussion paper presented at the National Elders’ Conference on Cohesion and Integration, Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, April 19-22, 2010
  • ‘Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ Discussion paper presented for the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies(IDIS) seminar series, April, 2003
  • ‘Engendering the New Constitution in Kenya: the Political and Economic Aspects’  Report commissioned by the Constitutional Review Commission of Kenya (CKRC), January, 2002.
  • ‘Corruption and its Gender Dimensions in Kenya’ A keynote Paper presented at the NCSW Open Forum on the Gender Dimensions of Corruption, Nairobi 10th August, 2001
  • ‘Human Rights and Democracy and Development in Africa’ Paper presented at the Conférence of the Political Internationals, Human Rights and Democracy: An International Agenda. Ottawa, Canada. April 23rd -25th, 1995.
  • Gender Policy Interventions it the 7th Parliament" Paper presented at the Workshop on the Dynamics of Multi-party Parliament in Kenya, 1993 and Beyond, Ufungamano House, Nairobi, 25th January, 1993.
  • "African Women in the Public Sector" Status and Strategies for Women’s Advancement" Paper presented to the Regional Conference on: Development Management in Africa: Thirty years of experience, Emerging Challenges and Future Priorities Addis Ababa, March, 1993. 
  • Women in Management: Challenges for this Decade“ Paper presented at Women in Management Seminar, Windsor Country and Golf Club, Nairobi.
  • 'Mainstreaming Gender Issues in the democratization Agenda and National Development policies: Some Strategies for Women’s Empowerment" paper presented at an ICJ Seminar On Sectoral Studies On Kenya’s Future Policy Reforms Aberdare Country Club, 12th  - 15th May, 1993.
  • ‘’The Social and Political Challenges of a New Kenya’’ Paper to be presented at the ICPAK 9th Annual Seminar on Facing the Challenges of a new Kenya  Whitesands, Beach Hotel, Mombasa, 11th  - 15th May, 1993.
  • Political participation in Democratic Change from 1963 – 1993: Which Way Forward for Women?" Paper presented for the K.U.L.U. Project in Denmark, on Strategy for Women Democracy and Human Rights, June, 1993 also presented at a National Conference in preparation of the Global Beijing Womens Conference, Green Hills Hotel, Nyeri, 10th – 13th June, 1993.
  • "Practices, Principles and Institutes of Governance and Accountability in Kenya", Paper presented at the National Conference on: The Next Step Forward: Operationalising Good Governance and Accountability. Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, August, 12th - 14th, 1993. 
  • "The Gender Dimension of Democratization in Kenya: Political Participation" Paper presented at the AAWORD seminar on Women and Democratization in Kenya, Milimani Hotel, Nairobi, 31st January, -  1st February, 1992.
  • "Women’s Agenda for a Democratic Kenya: Political Participation", Keynote address delivered at the National Women’s Convention, KICC, Nairobi 22nd February, 1992
  • "The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on Women" Keynote address delivered at the National Seminar on the effects of Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs) on Women in KenyaOutspan Hotel, Nyeri, March, 4th - 7th, 1992
  • "Women and Democratization Struggles in Africa: What relevance to postmodernism Discourse" paper presented at the 1992 Annual International Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 31st March – 4th April, 1992.
  • The Kenya Women’s Movement at Crossroads: Past and Present Performance in a Changing Political Context, paper presented at the seminar on Freedom of expression, Association, Association and Assembly, Safari Beach Hotel, Mombasa 6th – 9th May, 1992.
  • The Role of the female Youth in the Democratization Process in Kenya.  Keynote address delivered at the YMCA National Youth Convention, Mombasa 17th – 21st August, 1992.
  • "The Path to Power: Women and Leadership and Democratization" paper delivered at PSI/FES Africa Regional Women’s Seminars, New Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, 12th – 14th September, 1992.
  • "Women in Top Management in Kenya" Opening address delivered at a seminar on Women in Management, Serena Hotel, Nairobi, 21st – 25th September, 1992.
  • “Empowering Women in Kenya For Environmental management and Sustainable Development”, Paper presented at the workshop on Peoples Participation in Management of Natural Resources, Research Needs and Research Priorities, Stockholm, Sweden, 5th – 6th October, 1992.
  • "From the Women’s Decade to Multi-party Era: Women’s Political Participation in Kenya", Paper presented at the International workshop on Women’s Involvement in Democratic Change.  Bone Germany, 20th - 23rd October, 1992.
  • "The Role of Women in Politics and Public Decision making positions in Kenya."  Paper presented at the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the role of Women in Politics and Public Decision Making. Vienna, Austria, 21st – 24th May, 1991.
  • "The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programs on Women: A Research priority for women in Kenya", Paper presented at a Seminar on Research Priorities in Kenya, Outspan Hotel, Nyeri, November, 1991.
  • ‘’Lets us Together Rebuild the Temple" Paper presented at the Launching of the book: They’ve Destroyed the Temple, Longman, Nairobi, at K.I.C.C., Nairobi, July, 1993.
  • "Transition to Multi-Party Democracy: The Gender factor in the first multi-party elections in Kenya", Paper presented at the Workshop on Transition to Multi-Party democracy:  A Study of Multi-Party elections in Kenya, The Place, Nairobi,19-2- August, 1993.
  • "Electoral Politics in Kenya: The 1983 General Election in Langata Constituency":  Paper presented at the Department of Government Seminar on Electoral in Kenya.  University of Nairobi, July, 1984.

 

CONSULTANCY POSITIONS/ASSIGNMENTS

 

  • Lead Consultant  “The Gender Dimension of international Terrorism”,  a Research project sponsored by Heinrich Boll Foundation- 2012
  • Senior Consultant, “Building the Capacity of Kenya Women in Policing” a Project  Concept for the formation of a Kenya Women Police Association, sponsored by  UNWOMEN Country office, Nairobi, August- September 2012
  • Senior Consultant “Design and Architecture for Kenya Government under the New Constitutional Dispensation”, in collaboration with Mohammed/Muigai Advocates, A Policy Report, for the Kenya Government, June-September 2010.
  • Senior Consultant: Centre for Multi-Party Democracy(CMD)- various tasks over the period January 2010-2011-12
  • Senior Consultant: UNDP, Nairobi, various period, 2000-2011
  • Senior Consultant “The Political and Economic Aspects of the Gender Question in the Constitutional Review Process in Kenya” A Report Commissioned by the Kenya Government’s Constitution Review Commission, 2003
  • International Governance Consultant, “The Africa Governance Forum (AGF): An Evaluation of its performance; 1997-2001": A Report
  • International Governance Consultant, Commissioned by UNDP Bureau for Africa, New York, and January 29th - February 23rd, 2001.
  • International Governance Consultant “BPD/MDGD Global Programme on Governance”: An Evaluation; UNDP New York, February 2000.
  • International Governance Consultant "Governance in Africa: An Overview: A Report sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada, and August- October 2000.
  • International Governance Consultant:"The impact of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPS) on Women's Participation in Decision-Making in Africa"; A Research Project sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya, 1994.
  • International Consultant: "Women's Participation in Decision Making and Governance in Africa": Trends and Strategies for Advancement sponsored by UNECA's African Centre for Research on Women (ACRW) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1994.
  • Regional Consultant: "Women in Top Management in Africa” A Research Report, presented to a Regional Workshop organized by AAPAM, Nairobi, 26th – 29th August, 1991.
  • Regional Consultant: "Women in top Management in Africa", Regional Research Study, sponsored by the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Nairobi 26 -29 August 1991
  • Senior Consultant: National Constitutional Forum, 2010, “Our Constitution, Our Future”, A report commissioned by Action Aid Kenya, July 2010
  • Senior Consultant , “A Reflection on Nationalism & its Effect on National Cohesion in Kenya” at the National Elder’s Conference on Cohesion & Integration, A report prepared for the Government of Kenya thro’ The Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs; Nairobi, April 2010
  • Regional Gender Consultant: "Women in Top Management in Africa” A Research Report, presented to a Regional Workshop organized by AAPAM, Nairobi, 26th – 29th August, 1991.
  • Regional Gender Consultant: "Women in top Management in Africa", Regional Research Study, sponsored by the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Nairobi 26 -29 August 1991
  • Senior Consultant: National Constitutional Forum, 2010, “Our Constitution, Our Future”, A report commissioned by Action Aid Kenya, July 2010
  • Senior Consultant , “A Reflection on Nationalism & its Effect on National Cohesion in Kenya” at the National Elder’s Conference on Cohesion & Integration, A report prepared for the Government of Kenya thro’ The Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs; Nairobi, April 2010
  • Gender Consultant: Heinrich Boll Foundation- various tasks over the period January 2010-2011-12
  • Gender Consultant: Prepared  the “ Kenya Women’s Charter” Commissioned by Women Empowerment Link: Nairobi, September 2011-12
  • Consultant, “A Reflection on Nationalism & its Effect on National Cohesion in Kenya” at the National Elder’s Conference on Cohesion & Integration, A report prepared for the Government of Kenya thro’ The Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs; Nairobi, April 2010
  • Gender Consultant: "Gender and Development" Training Manual for: Action Aid, Kenya, July and November, 1992.
  • Resource Person: National Constitutional Forum, 2010, “Our Constitution, Our Future”, A report commissioned by Action Aid Kenya, July 2010
  • Consultant, Engendering Governance through Elective and Nominative Positions in the Constitution” Report commissioned by UN-WOMEN & CMD & presented at National Women’s Review Workshop of The Constitution Amendment Bill 2011 and The Handbook on Elective and Nominative Positions in the Constitution, Nairobi Safari Club. 22nd December 2011.
  • Consultant, “A Decade’s Journey Toward Gender Equality: Gender Research To Maximize Gender Gains”: A Keynote Address paper  commissioned by Heinrich Boll Foundation, and delivered at the National Symposium, Celebrating A Decades Achievements Toward Gender Equality: Reflecting on Strategies to Maximizing Gains, University of Nairobi Main Campus, 28th-29th 0ctober 2011.
  • Consultant, Numbers and Beyond: Women and Political Leadership in Kenya, paper  commissioned by Heinrich Boll Foundation, and delivered at the National Gender Forum, Nairobi Safari Club,
  • Consultant, “Human Rights Approach and Sustainable  Development,” Paper Discussant commissioned by Ford Foundation & UNESCO and delivered at the National Workshop on Human Rights, Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods, University of Nairobi, Council Chamber, 19 October 2011
  • Consultant,  “Rethinking Peace & Security in Africa: A Feminist Perspective” Paper  commissioned by UNDP and presented at the Civil Society & Academia Colloquium on the Status of Peace and Conflict in Kenya and the Region, Great Rift Valley Safari Lodge, Naivasha: August 3-6, 2011
  • Consultant,  “The Journey  and Justification of an Independent Gender & Equality Commission for Kenya”, Paper  commissioned by UN-WOMEN &CMD and  presented at the National Consultative Conference on the Constitution, Article 59, Lilian Towers, Nairobi, 26 July, 2011
  • Consultant, “The Journey  and Justification of an Independent Gender & Equality Commission for Kenya”, Paper  commissioned by UN-WOMEN &CMD and presented at the National Consultative Conference on the Constitution, Article 59 , Lilian Towers, Nairobi, 26 July, 2011
  • Consultant, Feminism and Governance in Africa,” Paper commissioned by  African Women Studies Centre and presented at the National Conference on: Pathways to Feminism and Development In Africa, University of Nairobi Main Campus, Nairobi, 30th June, 2011
  • Consultant, “Engendering the Kenya Truth and Justice Commission Process” Paper  commissioned by TJRC and presented as the Opening Address at the TJRC Consultation With Women Rights Stakeholders,  Nairobi ,19th May 2011
  • Consultant, “Women’s Rights, Freedoms and Affirmative Action: Prospects & Challenges in the Proposed Constitution of Kenya.” Paper commissioned AAIIK /JICJK and presented at AAIIK /JICJK National Constitution Forum, KICC, Nairobi. 7th July 2010
  • Gender Consultant: "An Evaluation of the NORAD Grant for Women in Development in Kenya", A Report submitted to NORAD, December, 1990.


 


NON- ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

 

  • Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, the WTO & Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, 2006-2009.
  • Chairperson: National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) 1992 – 1997, 2002-2003.
  • Director: Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies, University of Nairobi, January 2001 - October 2003 & 2012- present
  • Executive Director: Women Leadership and Public Policy Centre(WLEAP), 2010-2013
  • Africa Regional Program Coordinator:  Civil Society, Governance & Poverty in Africa, UNDP & CODESRIA, January 1998- December 2000.
  • Senior Program Development Consultant :  Gender and Governance,  UN-IDEP ,Dakar Senegal, 2001
  • Executive Director (AG.):  Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA): various periods between 1998- 2000 
  • Eminent Person, Eminent Persons Group of International Election Observers in South Africa, July - December 1993.
  • CEO, Women’s  Leadership & Public Policy Center(WLEAP) 2010-2012
  • Chairperson: Center for Governance and Development (CGD) (K), 1996-1997.
  • Co-Chairperson: Citizens Coalition for Constitutional Change (4Cs) (1992-1997).
  • Co-Convener: The National Constitutional Executive Council(NCEC), 1992-1994
  • National Coordinator, NCSW General Election Monitoring Unit, Kenya,  Parliamentary and Civic Elections; December 1992, 1997 & 2002
  • National Task Force Member:  National Commission on Laws Relating to Women in Kenya, September 1993-1995.
  • National Constitutional Conference Delegate: Kenya National Constitutional Review Conference, Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi; 2003.
  • African Union International Election Observer, the 2003 Nigerian National Elections, April 2003.
  • Board Member: National Committee on Governance and Development (CGD), 1992-1997.
  • Trainer of Trainers: 1992-1998;2002-2003 & 2009-2010
  • Chairperson: The United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the Role of Women in Public Life, Vienna, Austria, 21-24 May, 1991.
  • Constitutional Caucus Member:  Proposal for a Model Constitution, 1993
  • Juror:  Time for Peace Film and Music Awards, 2006-2008.

§  Kenya Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe and High Commissioner to the Republics of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, 2003-2006.

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS HELD: 1990-2010

 

  • Member      of International Editorial Boards      e.g. Ashgate International Publishing Ltd., England.
  • Member, Council for the Development      of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
  • Member, Association African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD      Continental)
  • Member, Executive Committee of AAWORD (Kenya National Chapter).
  • Member, Executive Committee of National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK).
  • Member, African Association of      Political Science (AAPS
  • Member, Organization of Social      Science Research in Africa (OSSREA)
  • Member, Canadian Association for African studies (CAAS).
  • Member, African Studies Association (ASA).
  • Member- Council for the Development of Social      Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
  • Advisory Board Member - Danish Volunteer      Service1992-1996
  • Independent      Review Journal Advisory Board Member: 1995-2003

 

PRESIDENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

 

  • Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) – A Presidential Award in Recognition of outstanding Service to Kenya, 2005 - Present

 

SKILLS AND COMPETENCES

 

  • Leadership & Management skills
    • Visionary and patriotic leader of high integrity, with a 30 year track record of public service
    • A highly capable change-agent, who consistently refines and revitalizes strategies and procedures, introduces innovation, designs change, and facilitates solutions-driven programs and team collaboration.
    • Strong Diplomatic mediation and conflict management skills, with extensive history teaching diplomacy & conflict management & as a practicing senior level diplomat; hence , well skilled in promoting collaboration with wide array of stakeholder groups on substantial public issues, including negotiating with parties hostile to issues, as well as among parties with divergent opinions.
    • Strategic team leader who utilizes creativity to analyze group dynamics, build and reinforce alignment, and enhance teams’ ability to perform synergistically and with a full sense of coordination and unity.
    • Versatile problem-solver and team builder, with capacity to accurately assess diverse situational challenges, develop action plans, and lead teams to meet or exceed targeted goals.
    • Coordination & Management of Public Institutions, including chairing administrative & high level meetings.
    • Highly skilled strategic planner, program designer; with capacity for evaluation and monitoring.
    • Skilled in resource mobilization, efficient/effective utilization and management.
    • Effective communicator and relationship-builder with superior capacity to gather and impart information effectively across all management, department, and discipline levels and engender collaborative spirit, consistently resulting in positive outcomes.
    • Critical and insightful thinker that encourages development in inquiry, reflection, dialogue, and shared understanding in transformative leadership.
    • Strong written and oral communicator who has produced and disseminated reports to stakeholders and written books, book chapters and journals and articles on various public interest thematic areas.
    • Accomplished researcher with high level aptitude and skills for generating and analyzing new and relevant action/ policy oriented data; produce reports requiring meta-analysis and convert these into usable public policy briefs.
    • Highly organized, creative leader and multi-tasker with proven track record of overseeing day-to-day operations, planning and organizing team efforts, as well as effectively managing staff, contractors, and volunteers.

 

  • Leadership & Public Policy Training Skills
    • Leadership training & overall capacity building of senior executives & managers.
    • Conceptualizing and Packaging Training and Civic education Modules-backed by 22 years as a   human rights and equality advocate and a pioneer in developing capacity building modules and training kits for women leaders and citizens at large.
    • Trainer of Trainers on public policy, conflict management and developmental issues.
    • Seasoned gender analyst and an accomplished human rights trainer and motivator with in-depth understanding of public policy, human development; gender and equality concerns, and with capacity to translate needs/concerns into programs that redress identified gap/ shortcomings.

 

 

 

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