Prof. Olive Mugenda, Ph.D., EBS, CBS

Prof. Olive Mugenda, Ph.D., EBS, CBS

Chairperson, Board of Directors

Prof. Mugenda holds an MSc and Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University (USA). She also holds an MBA degree from ESAMI, Arusha (Tanzania).

She was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University from 2006 to 2016. Before this, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance Planning & Development). She has also held various Board positions in a number of organizations including Chairperson, Association of Commonwealth Universities; Vice-President- International Association of Universities; Director, Nation Media Group; Member, Association of African Universities; Kenya National Examinations Council; Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) among others.

She is a Commissioner with Judicial Service Commission of Kenya and Chairperson of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH).

Professor Mugenda was awarded the Ernst & Young Life Time Achievement Award- 2014, The Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) Presidential Award- 2011 and The Elder of Burning Spear (EBS) Presidential Award- 2006. In February 2016, she was also honored by the French Government through the French Embassy with the order of Academic Palms – a national order of France for Distinguished Academics and figures in the world for her efforts in steering the University’s growth.