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The UF’s board consists of 6 members who work comprehensively with the CEO towards achieving UF’s objectives.

Prof. Karuti Kanyinga

Board Chair

Prof. Mwanda O. Walter

Chairman, Audit and Risk committee

Mrs Diana Mutisya

Board Member

Dr.Ken Nyaundi

Board Member

Dr. Charles Kirimi Mbui

Board Member

Ms. Zipporah W. Mungai

Board Member

Mr. Geoffrey Monari

CEO and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Prof. Karuti Kanyinga was appointed as the Chairperson of the Universities Fund Board on 8th July 2022. He has vast experience in the university sector and is renowned for his contributions to scholarship and knowledge in governance and development. He is an accomplished development researcher and scholar with extensive national and international experience and exposure. He has published extensively on development and governance is renowned particularly for his extensive research and publications on land rights; civil society and development; ethnicity and development; and electoral politics and development. In addition to this, he has experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of major development programmes; as well as in tracking implementation of development programmes. He has led teams of project managers and researchers in the delivery of large, complex multi-donor funded initiatives. He has served as a resource person in the area of governance, project planning and implementation, among others, for many international organizations including the World Bank, USAID and other bilateral agencies. Further, he made intellectual contributions to the society through participation in community development efforts as well as providing intellectual insights on many national and international issues. He has served as a resource person in the area of development studies for many international organisations in Africa. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences, International Development Studies (IDS), Masters of Arts in Government and Bachelors of Arts from the University of Nairobi.

Prof. Walter O. Mwanda joined the Board on 1ST July 2019 as a trustee. He holds a Degree of Doctor of Medicine University of Nairobi, a bachelors of medicine and surgery (MB ChB), Royal College of Pathologists, Postgraduate course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Clinical Epidemiology and Bio Statistics of John Hopkins University, Maryland USA. Postgraduate training in Haematology and Blood transfusion at Kenyatta National Hospital and he is a full professor of haematology and blood transfusion. He previously served as Chairman Department of Human Pathology, Syllabus and Curriculum Development School of Medicine University of Nairobi. Prof. Mwanda O. Walter was awarded an Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) and he is also a member of several professional bodies nationally and also internationally. Before his appointment he was the Director University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease.

Mrs Diana Mutisya joined the Board on 1st October,2021 as a PS Representative State Department for University Education & Research. She is a Member of Planning, Research and Resource Mobilization Committee, and a member of Finance Administration and General-Purpose Committee of the Board. Mrs Diana Mutisya is a Financial Analyst and currently working with the State Department for University Education & Research. Mrs Diana Mutisya holds a Masters degree in business Administration {MBA}(Finance option) at Kenyatta university, a degree in Business Administration ( Accounting and Finance option) at Kenya Methodist University ( KEMU),a Diploma in Information Technology, Higher Diploma in Human Resources, Strategic Leadership Development Programme from KSG, Public Finance Management Course from KSG, Senior Management Course from KSG.  In addition, Mrs Diana Mutisya has successfully completed an Effective Board & Board Audit Committee and Internal Audit Function training from Institute of Internal Auditor Kenya and induction program for Public Sector Boards from Kenya school of Government (KSG), Board Master class from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). Mrs Diana Mutisya further holds a Certification from the Kenya School of Government on Corporate Governance and other various relevant short courses obtained both locally and outside the country. She has a wealth of experience in Government functions and operations for over 40 years.

Dr. Ken Nyaundi was appointed as a Trustee of the Universities Fund Board on 28th July 2022. He is the Chairman of the Planning, Research and Resource Mobilization Committee and a member of the Finance, Administration and General-Purpose Committee. He is the current Chairman of the Laikipia University Council and therefore represents the interests of the university sector in the Universities Fund Board. Dr. Ken Nyaundi is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with experiencing spanning over three decades. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution and sits as a member of the Chief Justice’s Mediation Accreditation Committee. He serves as a Managing Partner of Marende and Nyaundi Advocates. Dr. Nyaundi has undertaken extensive consultancies in Private and Public International Law, Governance, Devolution, Wildlife Conservation, Rule of Law and Administrative of Justice. He has also served the public and private sector by holding various leadership positions. Dr. Nyaundi holds a PhD in Public International Law, a Masters of Laws in Public International law and a Bachelors of Law. He also holds a Diploma in Legal Practice.  

Dr. Charles Kirimi was appointed as a Trustee of the Universities Fund Board on 28th July 2022. He is the Chairperson of the Planning, Research and Resource Mobilization Committee and a member of Audit and Risk Committee. Dr. Charles Kirimi is the Chairperson to the Kenya Methodist University Council and therefore represents the interests of the university sector in the Universities Fund Board. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Chai Trading Limited. He has also served in the position of Group General Manager at Kenya Tea Development Agency for a period of four years.  He has served in other leadership positions in Mastermind (K) Tobacco Ltd, Caltex Oil (K) Ltd and Pan Africa Insurance Company. Dr. Charles Kirimi is a PhD holder in Business Management (Strategic Leadership) holds a Masters in Business Administration (Markerting) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Administration). He also holds a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Management Practices.

Ms. Zipporah W. Mungai was appointed as a Trustee of the Universities Fund Board on 28th July 2022. She is a member of the Planning, Research and Resource Mobilization Committee and Finance, Administration and General-Purpose Committee. Ms. Zipporah Mungai has vast finance experience having served in leadership positions in the Finance and Insurance Sector. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Composite Insurance Company. She has also held the position of Country Managing Director of CIC Africa Holdings Uganda for a period of four years. She also served in similar positions in UAP Insurance Uganda, UAP Properties Limited Uganda as well as Jubilee Insurance Company Tanzania.  Ms. Zipporah W. Mungai holds a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce (Insurance). She holds other accolades such as Chartered Insurer, Associate Risk Manager as well as Associate of the Charter of Arbitrators.  

Mr. Geoffrey Monari joined the Fund as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustee on 1st December,2020. Before his appointment he was the Chief Operations Officer at Higher Education Loans Board. Mr. Monari has been the team leader of the Operations Division which oversees the Documentation, Lending, Institutional Relations and Debt Management departments since March 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Mr. Monari has over 20 years working experience in various positions at the Higher Education Loans Board. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya and a Non-Executive Director at the Institute of economic Affairs.

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