Prof. Robert Gateru is the Vice Chancellor of Riara University. He joined Riara University from Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) where he was the Principal of the Nairobi Campus. He has also worked as founding Dean and Associate Professor in KeMU’s Faculty of Computing and Informatics. Prof. Gateru previously worked at Kabarak University where he was the Founding Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology and also served as Head of Department for Computing, Mathematics and Physical Sciences as a Senior Lecturer.

Prof. Gateru has served on numerous Boards, including the Rural Electrification Authority (now Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation); Linking Industry With Academia (LIWA) Kenya Trust; Education for All Children (EFAC); among others. Additionally, Prof. Gateru is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kenya Association of Private Universities and is also a member of the Education Sector Board at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

Prof. Gateru is the holder of a PhD in Microelectronic Engineering & Semiconductor Device Physics from the University of Surrey (UK), Masters in the same from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a BSc. (First Class Honours) in Physics & Mathematics from the University of Nairobi.

He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Founding Member of the Physics Society of Kenya, and a Fellow of the Institute for Climate Change & Adaptation at the University of Nairobi. He also serves as an Expert Assessor for the European Commission in Brussels.

Selected awards that Prof. Gateru has received include the Distinguished Scholar Award by the ICT Association of Kenya, the Africa HR Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to Training & Development, and Kenya’s Top 40 Under 40 Men (2012) recognition by the Business Daily newspaper.


Prof. Ngila obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of New South Wales (Australia), besides a Master of Science in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Education (Science), both from Kenyatta University (KU).She is a seasoned Scholar with close to 30 years of teaching and research experience having begun her teaching career at Kenyatta University in the 1990s. She later moved to University of Botswana (UB), where she worked as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department. She thereafter transitioned to the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) and finally at University of Johannesburg where she was appointed a Full Professor of Chemistry.

In April 2017, Prof. Ngila returned to Kenya where she was appointed as the Deputy Director of Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas, Kenya Pipeline Company where she served until her appointment to Riara University.

Prof. Ngila has graduated over 33 Masters and 30 PhD students including training of 18 Postdoctoral Fellows. She has over 400 publications comprising of 203 journal articles, 15 book chapters, 17 conference proceedings, 35 Keynote/Invited Lectures and 160 Conference Abstracts. She is highly rated by South African National Research Foundation (NRF-rated). Her Researchgate and Google Scholar websites are:

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Besides being involved in the establishment of Morendat Institute in Naivasha where she served as the Deputy Director, she has previously served as the Head of Department of Applied Chemistry at University of Johannesburg (UJ), Acting Director of the UJ Water Node of the Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) and was Coordinator of UJ Node for MSc National Nanotechnology Programme for Teaching and Training Platform (NNPTTP), among others.

Prof. Ngila has won several awards; including being Winner of Kwame Nkrumah Regional Awards for Women (East Africa) and Winner of South Africa Distinguished Women in Science (WISA) Award in 2016. She is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and The Chair of the Education & Gender Scientific Working Group of the AAS; Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Science Conference 2021. She is a Member of The Academy of Sciences of South Africa, and has been a Member of various Chemical Societies


Dr Muriithi holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from the California School of Business and Organizational Studies in San Diego, California; an MBA from USIU, Nairobi and a B.Ed in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi.Dr. Muriithi is a proven leader in the corporate world and also has impressive University experience in both teaching and University administration. Since 2006 Dr. Muriithi has worked as an adjunct Lecturer in a number of universities including Strathmore Business School, JKUAT and USIU.

He has also served as a member of JKUAT’s University Management Board and a member of the Governing Council.Dr. Muriithi’s Professional awards include the Marketing Society of Kenya Warrior Award for his unique contribution to marketing practice in Kenya. He has also twice been awarded the best social MARKETING CAMPAIGN for the Mater Heart Run.

He joined Riara University from the Mater Hospital in Nairobi where he was the CEO from 2008- 2015. Dr. Muriithi has also previously worked as CEO of JKUAT Enterprises and as CEO of SC Johnson East Africa.