Vincent Onywera, Ph.D, ISAK 2
Position: Senior Lecturer
Dr. Vincent Onywera has a Bachelor of Education (Honors) in Physical and Health Education from Kenyatta University. His graduate training was from the same University where he obtained his M.Ed (Physical and Health Education). He later completed his PhD (Exercise and Sports Science) where his research focus was on the role of genetics, nutrition and sociocultural factors in explaining the phenomenon performance of Kenyan middle and distance runners. Vincent, the Director, Center for International Programmes and Collaboration at Kenyatta University is also a Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University, Department of Recreation Management and Exercise Science. He also volunteers his time working at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Academy at Kenyatta University. He is currently instrumental in the establishment of a Kenyatta University Sports Complex complete with a stadium and recreation centre. Vincent has published widely and has been involved in a number of national, regional and international academic meetings aimed at capacity building and research for improved health and well-being in the greater Eastern Africa Region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan) and beyond. He is and has been involved in various academic endeavors such as the Kenyan International Development Study- Canadian Activity Needs (KIDS-CAN) Research Alliance. This is an alliance that brings together two countries to fight childhood obesity and promote physical activity; the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) Research Group whose aim is to is to determine the relationship between lifestyle characteristics and obesity in a large multi-national study of children, and to investigate the influence of behavioural settings, and physical, social and policy environments on the observed relationships from over 14 countries from six major regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific); the Canada and Mexico Battling Childhood Obesity (CAMBIO) Research Group which is a multidisciplinary, international network of investigators participating in a project to enhance research capacity in the field of Childhood Obesity; the World Anti Doping Agency(WADA). Vincent has also offered and continues to offer his professional services with the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as a number of Kenyan Ministries and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). He is a member of several professional bodies such as Kenya International Development Study-Canadian Activity Needs (KIDS-CAN)Research Alliance; International Union for Health Promotion and Education(IUHPE);International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPAN); International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER•SD) Research; Canadian Obesity Network; Africa Association of Health, PE, Recreation, Sport and Dance-(AAHPERSD); East Africa Association of Health, PE, Recreation, Sport and Dance- (EAAHPERSD); Kenya Association of Health, PE, Recreation, Sport and Dance- (KASHPESD) just to mention a few. He currently is a peer reviewer for many international journals and serves on a number of Kenyatta University Committees and sub-committees. Vincent is a mentor, academic advisor and supervisor to several undergraduate and graduate students within the Eastern African Region and beyond. He is happily married to Mary and they are blessed with two children: Fidel (11 years) and Meeghan (4 years).