Board of Trustees

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

Prof. Moses Henry Thairu

Chairman, Planning, Research and Resource Mobilization Committee.

Prof. Mwanda O. Walter

Chairman, Audit and Risk committee

Mrs. Gilda Odera

Chairperson, Finance, Administration and General Purpose committee

Prof. Shem E. Migot Adholla

Member

Mr. Geoffrey Monari

CEO and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Prof. Moses Henry Thairu joined the Board on 1st July 2019 as a Trustee. He is the former Director of Kenyatta University Consultancy Unit as well as the Coordinator of the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media Studies at Kenyatta University. He is also the Chairman of Governing Council of Mater Hospital from March 2018 and of Daystar University Governing Council since August 2018. Henry Thairu has served as the Chairman, Commission for University Education from January 2014 to October 2016 and as former Vice Chancellor of Inoorero University (IU) (2008-2013). He is the founder Managing Director of JKUAT Enterprises LTD, a company wholly owned by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (2005-2006). From 1999-2008 he served as the Chairman of the Board of Management of Kenya Education Network (KENET). He is former Chairman of the Board of Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI,2007-2010) and former Chairman of National Council of Science and Technology. His Chairmanship extended to the Chairman Radiation Protection Board (RPB) where he served for six years. He also chaired the Kenya ICT Board Innovation Grants Committee and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Higher Education, Science and Technology Sector Board (2010-2014).

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. Gilda Odera joined the Board on 1st July 2019 as a trustee. She is a pioneer in the ICT industry in Kenya and was instrumental in shaping the ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Impact Sourcing sector in Kenya through policy advocacy and providing advice to government in private/public sector task forces. Gilda is the 1st National Deputy president of the Federation of Kenya Employers and is a consultant Director in All About Marketing Ltd She is a PhD candidate in Public Policy specializing in Management and Leadership and holds a Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She has Vast board experience and has also attended various courses including Executive Business Education in Corporate Boards, Audit Committees and Compensation Committees at Harvard Business School.

Prof. Shem E. Migot-Adholla joined the Board on 1st July 2019 as a trustee. He holds a PhD in Sociology of Development, Master of Arts in Sociology, both from University of California, was a Special Graduate Student in Agricultural Economics (Michigan State University) and earned a Bachelor of Arts (University of East Africa). He previously served as Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Kenya Wildlife Service, and was Lead Specialist on Land Policy and Administration for Africa Region in the World Bank. He has also served as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Kenya. He has also served as a consultant on agriculture and rural development, land policy reform and environmental issues.

Mr. Geoffrey Monari joined the Fund as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustee on 1st December,2020. 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. 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 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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