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Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, Gives a speech at the Young African Leaders Leadership Initiative (YALI) Cohort 23 graduation ceremony​ at Kenyatta University​. YALI was launched by former​ US​ President Barack Obama at the KU Business Innovation and Incubation Centre as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

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A ​participant ​​follows​ the progress of the Young African Leaders Leadership Initiative (YALI) Cohort 23 graduation ceremony​ at Kenyatta University​. YALI was launched by former​ US​ President Barack Obama at the KU Business Innovation and Incubation Centre as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

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(L-R) ​O​utgoing U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, Prof. Paul K. Wainaina, Vice-Chancellor Kenyatta University, Dr. Tina Dooley-Jones, Ag Mission Director USAID, Ms. Bisharo Ali, Young African Leaders Leadership Initiative (YALI) Cohort 23 Participant, Mr. Joe Eshun, CEO Deloitte East Africa, Mrs Millicent Ouko, Director National Youth Empowerment Project and Mr David Kamau, Chief of Party YALI-RLCEA cut a commemorative cake during the YALI Cohort 23 graduation ceremony​ held at KU​. YALI was launched by former ​US ​President Barack Obama at the KU Business Innovation and Incubation Centre as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

 

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul K. Wainaina (3L) poses with Kenyatta University Economic and Finance Students who won the Global Management Challenge Competition 2018. The students will represent Kenya in the International Finals in Dubai from 15th - 19th April 2018.

Kenyatta University has secured funding to establish the country's first​ National Reference Research Centre for herbal medicine​. The infrastructure grant of Ksh69M was awarded by the National Research Fund.

​T​he Center will be utilized by University’s researchers from other institutions and researchers in the country and the region. Phytotherapy is a science-based practice distinguished from other more traditional approaches such as medical herbalism. It is often linked to traditional knowledge.

KU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paul Wainaina said: “Part of Kenyatta University’s efforts have been complementing the funding by putting in place requisite mechanisms to ensure optimal utilization and sustainability of the research facility at our ‘techno-park’. “

With the facility, KU aims at entrenching the role of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the East Africa region for social and economic development.

Prof. Wainaina said establishment of the centre at will also addresses part of Kenya vision 2030 on commercialization of research and development. The new Centre project targets natural health products and is expected to receive equipment to start running by August this year.

The center will be coordinated by Prof. Nicholas Gikonyo of KU whose area of specialization is pharmacognosy and traditional medicine.

The new center is expected to build a vibrant natural health products industry through development and utilization of an interface between indigenous knowledge and modern science. It will support one of the four pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plan covering the health sector.

Key areas will include documentation, profiling and securing indigenous knowledge, technologies and associated biological resources, scientific testing and validation. This is expected to yield locally derived natural health products.

Some of the challenges to be addressed by the facility will include lack of a functional herbal medicine ​development facility in the region, lack of a quality assurance facility and equipment for up-scaling innovative herbal products for commercialization and licensing.

In addition, it will seek answers to the existing gap on innovations without intellectual property rights, and the many patents that are yet to be converted into viable commercial products.

Hon. David K. Maraga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kenya gives his keynote speech at the Being a Leader (BAL) conference being held at the Kenyatta University Conference Centre. The six-day workshop ends on Saturday the 24th of February 2018.

 


 

 bal cj giftHon. David K. Maraga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kenya receives a gift from the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina. The Chief Justice gave the keynote speech during the opening of the Being a Leader (BAL) ​conference​

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