kenyan diaspora conf

   International Conference & Investment Forum on

   "The Role of the Kenyan Diaspora in Kenya's Development"

   Kennesaw State University, March 22-24, 2007

Tentative Conference Program

Thursday, March 22, 2007
12:00 pm - 6:00pm   REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
(New Social Sciences Building Atrium)
6:00 pm - 8:00pm WELCOME, RECOGNITION & INTRODUCTION: Dr. Akanmu Adebayo

Plenary Session #1: (SO 1021)
Olubayi Olubayi. Rutger University: “The Emerging Culture of National Unity in Kenya”
Friday, March 23, 2007
(Student Center, Student Activity Room Atrium)  
9:00 am - 10:30 am   OPENING CEREMONIES (UR A-E, Student Center)
Greeting from Dr. Daniel S. Papp, President of Kennesaw State University
Greeting from H.E. Oginga Ogego, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the U.S.
Greeting from Hon. Amos Kimunya, Minister of Finance
Greeting from AKPA
Greeting from KNDC

Keynote Address:
Dr. Eric Aseka, Fulbright Scholar-in-resident at KSU from Kenyatta University:
“History Culture and National Development: The Role of Kenyan Diaspora in Constructing a New Politics of Culture and Identity”

10:30am - 10:45am BREAK
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Mapping and Understanding Kenyan Diaspora #1 (UR A)

Chair: Dr. Garrett Smith, Department of Geography and Anthropology, KSU

Dr. Martin Mbaye & Dr. Michael J. Levin, Harvard University: “Kenyan Across the Kenya-United State Corridor: What the 2000 US Census Tells us about the Diaspora”

Maria M. Kioko, Rutger University: “Diaspora in Global Development: First Generation Kenyan in the USA”  

Dr. Kefa M. Otiso, Bowling Green State University: “A Geodemographic Analysis of Kenyan Immigration to the United States.”
Kenya Today: Challenges and Opportunities for Development (UR E)

Chair: Dr. Ryan Ronnenberg, Department of History, KSU

Jerry Okungu, NEPAD Secretariat, Kenya: “The Politics of Ethnicity, National Resources and Media Biases in Kenya Today.”

Jesse Benjamin, Kennesaw State University: “Issues of representation in the Academy and in the Kenyan Diaspora: Power and Colonial Legacies in Construction of Knowledge about Kenya’s Coastal History.”
Defining Kenyan Diaspora Through the Arts (UR C)

Chair: Dr. Rosa Bobia, Director, Center for African and African, KSU.

Gichingiri Ndigirigi, Knoxville, TN: “What’s My Nation? Vision of a New Global Order in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.”

Dr. Jean Ngoya Kidula, Hodgson School of Music, Athens, GA: “Nostalgia and Reinvention of in the Preservation of Kenya’s Music in the US”

Dr. Margaret Baldwin & Dr. Karen Robinson, Kennesaw State University: “You Always Go Home: The Power of Narration and Memory among Kenyan Students.”

Kenyan Diaspora, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Kenya’s Development #1 (UR D)

Chair: Dr. Fulbert Leon Namwamba, Southern University, Baton Rouge.

Ruth Theuri, Uhuru Open, “Attracting Resources and Engaging Stakeholders.”

Denniston Bonadie, Rutgers University & Global Literacy Project, Inc.: “More than just ‘Development through Harambee’? A Role for the Kenyan Diaspora in Kenya’s Development”

Njeri Marekia-Cleaveland, University of Georgia, “UGA’s Initiatives with African Immigrants in Georgia”

The Investment Climate in Kenya (UR B)

Chair: Mr. Jimnah Mbaru, Chairman, Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)

Kenneth Karanja, Peter N. Kungu, Erick Kibisu, & Dickens Nyabuti: “The Nairobi Stock Exchange: A Potential Investment Avenue for Diaspora Kenyans.”

Anthony Kibe Kimotho: Commercialization of African Research”

Erastus Mong’are, President, Delaware Kenya Association

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm LUNCH BREAK
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Mapping and Understanding the Kenyan Diaspora #2 (UR A)

Chair: Dr. Sam Abaidoo, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, KSU

Grace Muthoni Njeru, University of Missouri, Columbia: The Experiences of Kenyans in Two Midwest Cities: Benefits, Challenges and Coping Strategies.”

Nehemy Kirhara: “Extended Family Values, Social, and Cultural Issues Faced by the Kenyan Diaspora.”

Emily J. Choge, Moi University: The Role of the Kenyan Church in Diaspora in the Development of Kenya: A Case Study of the Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.”

Strengthening Africa’s Economic Development through Diaspora Networks: The Case of Kenya (UR C)

Chair: Esther Koimet, Investment Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Kenya

Dr. Daniel Karanja, (Senior Fellow, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Washington, DC): “Engaging U.S. Policy for Africa’s Economic Development: Skill Development, Capacity Building, and the Critical Role of Africans in Diaspora”

Other Panelists:
Dr. Leah Keino, Iowa State University.
Dr. Olive Mugenda
(Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University).
Dr. Anne Mungai,
Adelphi University.
Poster Session (UR E)

Gladys Gikiri, Author/publisher, My Malaika: A Safari Adventure Book Series

Ruth Theuri, Uhuru Open, “A Paradigm Shift by Uhuru Open”

George S.N. Mungai, “The Achievements of the Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation in Socio-Economic Development of Kenya.”
Kenyan Diaspora, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Kenya’s Development #2 (UR D)

Chair: Dr. Nurudeen Akinyemi, Department of Political Science & International Affairs, KSU

Njeri Kirika, Reading Spaces Foundation:Empowering Rural Communities by Building Library Facilities in Kenya.”

Mukila Maitha, President, United Kenyans of Chicago:Kenyan Diaspora as Agents for Political and Social Change in Kenya.”

Laureen O. Obbayi, Rutgers University, “The Impact of Global Governance Actors on the Promotion of Freedom of Speech and Press in Kenya”

Investing in Health Care (UR B)

Chair: Ms. Susan Kikwai: Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority

Dr. Wangeci Gatei, CDC, Atlanta, "Investing in Health: Priority for the Diaspora."

Dr. Timothy Akers, Kennesaw State University, “The State of Research in HIV/AIDS.”


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm BREAK
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mapping and Understanding the Kenyan Diaspora #3 (SO 2028)

Chair: Dr. Joe Karogi, Founder of Kenyan Christian Fellowship in America

Kenyan Thoughts on the Kenyan Diaspora: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Sandra Nyokabi Chege
Rachel Wanjiru Gichinga
Sennane Gatakaa Riungu


Diasporas and National Development (SO 2030)

Chair: Dr. Jesse Benjamin

G. Pascal Zachary, Richmond, CA & Grace Muthoni Njeru, University of Missouri, Columbia:  “Diasporas and National Development: Lessons for Kenyans from Around the World.”

Diane Griffin, Washington, DC:  “Economic Impact of Zionism on Israel and the Implications for Pan-Africanism to Promote Sustainable Development in Kenya.”

Dr. X. N. Iraki: “Strengthening Kenya through Kenyan Diaspora”

Brain Drain or Brain Gain? (SO 2031)

Chair: Dr. Ikechukwu
Ukeje, Professor of Elementary Education, Kennesaw State University

Mazi Ucheomumu, doctoral candidate“Brain Drain or Brain Trust?”

Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, Georgia Tech: “Brain Drain, Waste, or Gain? What we know so far about the Kenyan Case.”

Oduor Ong’wen, SEATINI Kenya:  “The Role of Kenyan Diaspora in Development: Turning Brain Drain into Brain Gain.”

Dr. Fulbert Leon Namwamba, Southern University, Baton Rouge:Conversation on Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Mutual Exchanges to Bridge Technology?

Documentary Session (SO 1019)

Wambui Wamae-Kamiru:Women and Development in Kenya: The Importance of Role Model Influence.” A documentary produced from videotaped research interviews.

Arthur Opinya, Kennesaw State University:  “Kenyans in the Diaspora: Their Contributions to the Development of their Motherland.” A documentary produced after hours of videotaped interviews in Kenya and U.S.

Paul Waithaka & Karanja Kimani, Kenya Live TV:  “Media: The Missing Link Between Kenyans in the Diaspora and Kenya"

Gladys “Nyagus” Gikiri, Author/Publisher, “The Kenyan Diaspora with a New Generation of Authors/Publishers.”

Investing in Education: Role of Kenya Diaspora (SO 2035)

Chair: Hon . Amos Kimunya, Minister for Finance, Republic of Kenya.

Dr. Olive Mugenda,
Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University

Dr. David Sperling, Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Strathmore Univerity

Prof. Fredrick Muyia Nafukho:  "Financing of Higher Education in Kenya: The Critical Role of Africans in Diaspora."

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank

4:30pm – 4:45 pm BREAK
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm WORLD CAFÉ
Dr. Macharia Waruingi, Kenyan Development Network Consortium (KDNC);
Ms. Mkawasi Mcharo, President of Kenya Community Abroad (KCA);
Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, Association of Kenyan Professionals in Atlanta (AKPA)
6:00pm – 7:45 pm DINNER & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Greetings from Dr. Lendley Black, Provost and VPAA, KSU
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dan Paracka
Keynote Address: Professor Paul Zeleza
You Always Go Home”: An original play written and directed by Margaret Baldwin and Karen Robinson, performed by talented KSU students

Investment Forum

Kenya Open for Business

Saturday, March 24, 2007
(Lobby, Social Science Building)
8:30 am – 9:00 am   Opening Remarks

Kennesaw State University Representative
H. E. AMBASSADOR PETER OGEGO, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States

9:00 am - 10:00 am Keynote Address: (SO 1021)

HON. AMOS KIMUNYA, MP, Minister for Finance, Republic of Kenya.

10:00 am - 10:30 am PLENARY SESSION 1 (SO 1021)

DR. WAHOME GAKURU, Director, Social Services - National Economic and Social Council (NESC)

Questions & Answers
10:30 am - 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 am - 12:30 am


Investment Climate and Investment Opportunities in Various Sectors of the Economy

MR. LEE KARURI, Chairman Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
MS. SUSAN KIKWAI, Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority
DR. BITANGE NDEMO, PS, Ministry of Information & Communication
MR. JIMNAH MBARU, Chairman Nairobi Stock Exchange

Questions & Answers

12:30 am – 1:30 am LUNCH
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm  Break-out Sessions
Government's Policy & Initiatives for Kenyan Diaspora (SO 1021)



DR. EDWARD SAMBILI, PS, Ministry of Planning & National Development.


Expert Discussants

HON. AMOS KIMUNYA, Minister for Finance
DR. WAHOME GAKURU, Director, Social Services - National Economic and Social Council (NESC)


Investment Climate and Opportunities in Various Sectors (SO 1019)


MS. SUSAN KIKWAI, MD, Kenya Investment Authority.

MS. ESTHER KOIMETT, Investment Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

Expert Discussants

MR. EDDY NJOROGE, Managing Director, KenGen.

PROF. OLIVE MUGENDA, Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University.

PROF. SPERLING, Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Strathmore University.

DR. ACHIENG ONGONGA, Managing Director, KTB.

DR. EVANS KIDERO, Managing Director, Mumias Sugar

Capital Markets & Investment Services: Opportunities for Diaspora (SO 2036)


MR. JIMNAH MBARU, Chairman Nairobi Stock Exchange.

MR. FRED MBURU, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Ltd.

Expert Discussants

MR. FRANK IRERI, MD, Housing Financing Company of Kenya.


MR. DAVID AMAKOBE, Chief Investment Officer, Africa Capital Partners, Inc.

DR. GARY ROBERTS, Kennesaw State University

Financial Services & Intermediation of Remittances (SO 2038)



MS. CAROL MUSYOKA, Barclays Bank

Expert Discussants

MR. JOSEPH WAMBIA, Chief Executive, Wambia Capital.

MR. MARTIN ODUOR OTIENO, Deputy-CEO, Kenya Commercial Bank

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm BREAK
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm PLENARY SESSION 3 (I) (SO 1021)

Feedbacks from Breakout Sessions

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PLENARY SESSION 3 (II)

Q&A and Way Forward (SO 1021)


H. E. AMBASSADOR PETER OGEGO, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States

HON. AMOS KIMUNYA, Minister for Finance

MR. JIMNAH MBARU, Chairman Nairobi Stock Exchange


DR. AKANMU ADEBAYO, Kennesaw State University

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Reception Dinner

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