KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SPEAKERS
Professor Eric Masinde Aseka
Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Dr. Macharia Waruingi
Dr. Olubayi Olubayi
About Professor Eric Masinde Aseka
Professor Aseka is a Fulbright Scholar-In
Residence at Kennesaw State University in the 2006/2007
academic year. He is a renowned political historian
with a profound interest in leadership studies. He believes
that turning around Africa requires institutionalizing
quality and effective leadership on the continent. He
is one of the longest serving members of Kenyatta University
where he has taught since 1985 rising through the ranks
up to the present position he holds of Full Professor.
He became a senior lecturer in 1993 and served as Chairman
of the Department of History (1993-1997). He rose to
the position of associate professor in 1997 and was
elected as Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences
in 2001. He was appointed full professor in 2002 while
serving as Dean. He also served as a member of the Executive
Committee of the Council for the Development of Social
Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) from 1998-2002.
He chaired this Executive Committee’s Sub-Committee
on Programs throughout the duration of its tenure. He
has also served as external examiner for five universities
in Kenya including University of Nairobi, Moi University
and Maseno University, and also Makerere University
in Uganda and University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Dr.Aseka received his undergraduate degree
at the University of Nairobi (B. Ed) in 1980, his MA
(in History) at the University of Nairobi in 1985, and
his PhD (in History) at Kenyatta University in 1992.
He wrote his dissertation on “The Political Economy
of Buluyia”. He specializes in African political
history and history of political and economic theory.
He has written Jomo Kenyatta: A Political Biography
(1992), Africa in the Twenty-First Century (1996), and
Transformational Leadership in East Africa: Politics,
Ideology and Community (2005) among other books, articles
in edited works and journals. He has completed a manuscript
entitled; Croaking Voices in African History. Aseka
was born on July 2nd 1956 at Ekambuli Village in Butere
District of Western Province in Kenya.
About Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Professor and Chair of Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Before his recent move to UIC, Professor Zeleza was at Penn State University, where he received the Penn State College
of the Liberal Arts Class of 1933 Distinction of the
Humanities Award. Zeleza’s work not only challenge
the traditional Euroamerican framework, but he is among
the scholars who are redefining a framework that is
Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Professor of
African Studies and History, received his undergraduate
degree at the University of Malawi (BA), his MA at the
University of London, and his PhD at Dalhousie University.
He wrote his dissertation on Kenyan Economics and Labor
History. His prime areas of study are African economics
history, gender history, intellectual history, contemporary
struggles for human rights and democratization, and
cultural social history 19th and 20th centuries.
Paul Zeleza has an unusual record of achievement
in two areas: historical research and creative writing.
Trained as an economic and social historian of colonial
and post-colonial Africa, his Modern Economic History
of Africa is a landmark study, and he has published
prolifically on various topics relating to decolonization,
gender, and intellectual life in Africa.
Over the last generation, African history
has literally been rewritten by Africans, and Professor
Zeleza has been an important part of that process. He
is deeply committed to reaching out to African institutions,
which are in need of help in assembling collections
and other types of publications. Professor Zeleza's
work and reputation are international in scope, and
he has recently been offered a seasonal visiting Distinguished
Professorship at the University of Cape Town. There
is another dimension to Professor Zeleza's accomplishments.
He has published several volumes of short stories, a
novel, and literary criticism. His life as a creative
writer makes him a more influential cultural figure
than the typical historian. He possesses a wonderful
capacity for global collaboration, and the level of
initiative he consistently displays is truly unusual.
He is the author of about twenty books,
scores of articles, essays, and reviews published in
Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and North America. His
current book projects include Africa and Its Diasporas:
Dispersals and Linkages that offers a global history
of the dispersal of African peoples and the formation
of African diasporas in the Americas, Europe, and Asia
and their linkages with Africa, and Transnational and
Transdisciplinary Studies: The Challenge of Africa,
an edited collection that examines the development of
Africanist knowledge production in all the major world
regions, the major social science and humanities disciplines
and interdisciplinary fields. He has been extensively
involved in promoting African studies nationally and
internationally and has worked with school teachers,
business organizations, scholarly networks, and international
organizations, and the media and frequently travels
around the world to give lectures and attend conferences
on African issues.
Dr. Zeleza was a professor in History
and African Studies and Director of the Center for African
Studies at the University of Illinois (1995-2003), Professor
of History and Principal of Eaton College at Trent University
in Ontario, Canada (1990-95), and before that he taught
at Kenyatta University (1984-89), University of the
West Indies (1982-84), and the University of Malawi
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About Dr. Olubayi Olubayi
Dr. Olubayi Olubayi is an associate professor
of microbiology and the chair of the biotechnology program
at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey. He
is also a lecturer in Africana Studies at Rutgers University
where he teaches the senior seminar on wealth, and a
class on the contributions of Africans to science.
Dr. Olubayi earned his Ph.D. in plant
biology from Rutgers University in 1995. His research
focus was on the biology of bacteria-plant-cell interactions.
He holds a United States research patent on the flocculation
of bacteria, and he has published on bacterial physiology,
the biology of plants, and the place of science in Africana
He is the co-founder and president of
the Global Literacy Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization
that has already shipped more than one million books
and hundreds of computers to economically disadvantaged
countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. In October
of 2004, the Global Literacy Project co-sponsored the
“Walk for Literacy” in conjunction with
G.O.Y.A (Student Volunteerism at Rutgers) as part of
Make-A-Difference Day. About 100 Rutgers students, New
Brunswick residents and supporters from across the tri-state
area came together on the Cook/Douglass Campus to raise
awareness for international literacy efforts.
Dr. Olubayi is the founder and chair of
the advisory board of the Pan-African Mentoring and
Learning Organization (PAMLO) whose mission is to promote
literacy and self-reliance on the continent of Africa.
He is the adviser to the Youth Organization of Amagoro
district in Kenya, and the founder of the Chamasiri
Harambee Self-Reliance Project in Kenya.
Dr. Olubayi is the founder and CEO of
Global Literacy PRESS, a new book publishing company
based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The company has
just published a book entitled Wealth, Not Income: Student
Discussions on Money and Freedom. Six students were
chosen to publish on the topic of creating African-American
generational wealth and how to build strong communities.
The book will be used within the Africana studies department
as required reading.
Dr. Olubayi is currently writing a book
on protein purification and another on the responsibilities
of educated Africans in rebuilding Africa. He and several
colleagues are developing a plan to launch a micro-lending
project in rural western Kenya and are designing a Pan-African
Leadership Academy to train the next generation of African
leaders to create solutions to the Continent’s
Dr. Olubayi is strongly committed to the
struggle to build a world culture in which all human
beings are sisters and brothers, and in which individuals
are judged not by race, or color, or creed, but as Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “by the content
of their character
About Dr. Macharia Waruingi
Dr. Macharia Waruingi was born and raised
in the slopes of Mt. Kenya. He received his primary education at Witima
Catholic Church Mission Primary School, Othaya, Nyeri
Central Kenya. He spent most of his young life in central
Kenya, picking coffee, going to school, and growing
up. He received his medical education and bachelors
of Medicine, and Bachelors of Surgery at the University
of Nairobi School of Clinical Sciences. He completed
his internship in Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH),
Nairobi, Kenya. Post internship, he worked in the Aga
Khan Hospital, Nairobi, as Intersivist, and the Nairobi
Heart Clinic, based in Nairobi Hospital as a Medical
Officer. Subsequently, he completed his medical residency
in France, at the University of Limoges Regional Teaching
Hospital. He specialized in neurology, tropical neurology
and neurophysiology. Then he moved to Boston, US, where
he has worked at the Harvard University, Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston (in neurophysiology), and
later on to the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
About his experience and his approach
to development, Dr. Waruingi has this to say: "Growing up in the slopes of Mt. Kenya, working at KNH, and the Aga Khan, and the Nairobi Hospital, as a young physician left me perplexed by the state of health care delivery in our nation, and the immense susceptibility of individuals in Kenya, and Kenyan population to death by easily preventable diseases. This question bothered me for many years, and I knew there is something about the way we deliver healthcare, and the philosophy of healthcare delivery in our nation, and other countries like ours, that was not working. For example, we generated kilotons of knowledge on malaria, and tuberculosis, through our research labs, at KHN, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), yet malaria remains the leading cause of death in the country. Even the best scientists in the world have not solved this conundrum, which made me think that the science that guides healthcare development in Kenya, and perhaps other developing countries was inadequate for ensuring human survival. This quest led me to seek knowledge about mechanisms of evoking development that can ensure human survival in a country. Immediately two things occurred: (a) the need to find a platform for exploring insights in to knowledge creation in health and human development (and enrolled in doctoral studies in health administration); and (c) and the need to build a platform for enabling knowledge creation about health and human development (the Kenya Development Network)."
Immediately the Kenya Development Network discovered knowledge creation is necessarily an inclusive process, which must include both the fringe, and the traditional stakeholders of health and human development, to think together, to share their explicit and tacit knowledge, and to learn from one another. This necessitated the creation of the collaborative learning teams, which must be comprised of a mix of members of the international development community, the business community, the Kenyan government, the local nationals and the diaspora nationals of Kenya. Because of these learning teams, the development network changed its name to add the term consortium, to indicate the nature of multiple teams of organizations associating together to enable knowledge creation about health and human development in Kenya