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Vice Chancellor Profile
Professor Akenga joined the University of Eldoret as Vice-Chancellor on June 10th, 2013. Currently, she is serving her second term as the Vice-Chancellor of this prestigious University.
Professor Akenga is a holder of Ph.D. Degree in (Organic Chemistry: Synthesis) from the University of New South Wales in Australia, Masters of Business Administration (Corporate Governance) from KCA University, Nairobi – Kenya, Masters of Science Degree in Chemistry from Kenyatta University and Bachelors of Education (Sc. Chemistry & Mathematics major) from Kenyatta University.
A chemist by Training, Professor Akenga has a lot of experience in training, research, leadership, and management, having served in various academic and administrative capacities in Kenya and Rwanda prior to joining the University of Eldoret as its first Vice-Chancellor.
As a trained graduate lecturer in Chemistry and Mathematics, Professor Akenga has served previously as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Academics, Research and Extension at The Management University of Africa and as Deputy Principal, Academic Affairs at Bondo University College currently re-named Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology –JOOUST. She was an Associate Professor and Professor of Organic Chemistry Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, (KIST), Rwanda. She served as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, teaching Organic Chemistry.
Professor Akenga serves in several boards of Corporation. She is a representative of the Vice-Chancellors at the Board of Kenya School of Government (KSG), she is also a member of the RUFORUM Board Executive Committee.
She is a member of the Forum for African Women Vice-Chancellor (FAWoVC), Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OSWD), Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Pan African network of Chemists, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists, African Dry-Land Alliance for Pesticidal Plant Technologies-Kenya Chapter (ADAPPT-K), Kenya Chemical Society (KCS), African Network for the Chemical Analysis of Pesticides (ANCAP), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Consortium on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the South-Medicinal Plant Network. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Inter-Universities Council East Africa (IUCEA).
As an academician, she has published many articles and journals which have been recognized both nationally, regionally and internationally. She was awarded the Moran of the Burning Spear by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013, as a recognition for her contribution to Training, Research and Curricula Development.