Prof. Olive Mugenda
Former Vice-Chancellor, Kenyatta University
Prof. Olive Mugenda has been the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University, a centre of excellence in higher education in Africa from 2006 to March 2016. Before becoming Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mugenda had had a long and eventful career in education. She graduated with a first class honours degree in education from the University of Nairobi. She later did a Master of Science degree and PhD in Family and Consumer Sciences and a PhD at Iowa State University (USA). She is also a holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute. Apart from chairing The Association of Commonwealth Universities, Prof. Mugenda also sits on the board of regional and global bodies. She is a member to the Steering Committee, Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) based in the United Kingdom; Council Member, Magna Charta Observatory based in Italy, Board member, African Centre for Transformative & Inclusive Leadership Initiative, a partnership between Kenyatta University and UN Women and a member of the Steering Committee for the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) among others. She is also a Director of Nation Media Group and a Non-Executive Director for UBA Kenya Bank Limited. She is a recipient of the Elder of Burning Spear (EBS) and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) presidential awards. Prof. Mugenda is also a recipient of the Ernst and Young Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, Prof. Mugenda was awarded the highly competitive and prestigious Impact Research and Science in Sub- Saharan Africa (IMPRESSA) Award by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). In the same year, the French Government through the French Embassy in Nairobi awarded her the Order of Academic Palms – a national order of France for Distinguished Academics and figures in the world. Prof. Mugenda is the founder and Executive Director, Centre for Innovative Leadership & Governance.