The Head of Department, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Francis Onditi, Ph.D., is a Conflictologist with specialization in peace, conflict and war studies. Since 2008 he has been researching on a conceptual model in the realm of civil-military relations as a social innovation towards ‘multidimensional’ peacekeeping (in progress). He was a Guest Editor for the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ACPR) of Indiana University Press, USA for a Special Issue on Gender, Politics and Peacebuilding published in Vol. 7, Issue 1 (Spring 2017). Currently, he is closely studying the return of global politico-military marketplace phenomenon in Middle East, Africa and Central Latin America.
Before joining academia, Francis worked for more than a decade in various international organizations as a researcher/advisor/analyst, including: United Nations (UN Women) on Leadership and Governance; UNDP (K)/International Peace Support Training Centre/ co-located with the Kenya Defense Staff College-Kenya; Japan Centre for Conflict Prevention (JCCP). He began his career as a Graduate Research Assistant/Fellow at the University of Nairobi’s IDS on a full scholarship scheme to pursue his MA (2006-2009). As an adjunct faculty he taught theories of human geography at University of Nairobi and units in international relations at USIU-Africa. He was a visiting scholar on cosmopolitanism and African conflicts at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.
Francis holds Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree in peace and conflict studies, from Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology (2012-2015). Before then, he was educated at the University of Nairobi, graduating with Bachelor’s degree (Geography), 2002-2006 and MA (IDS), 2007-2009. Francis has attained several other professional certifications, including; Transformative Leadership (MCTC-MASHAV, Haifa, Israel); Rule of Law for peacekeeping experts (UNDPKO, New York); and International Humanitarian Law (techniques on negotiating with non-state armed groups) (PHAP, Geneva). He has a standing membership with the Geneva based Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP).
As a leader in academic industry, he advocates for academic and professional excellence among students and faculties through the annual conference on African Unity for Renaissance Conference (AURC) organized by Human Science Research Council, South Africa.
Jane W. Chungi is undertaking her Ph.D. studies at Kenyatta University. She hails from the education background, having graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bed degree. She then furthered her studies at Hekima College where she graduated with a Masterâ€™s degree in Peace Conflict and International Relations – October 2011. She taught both the local and international systems of education for close to twenty years. She majored in English and Christian education and served in capacity of Head of Department in both subjects.Â Her latest station of service was in Rusinga School where she taught for seven years, both as a teacher as well as guidance and counselling in-charge. After obtaining post-graduate studies, she started lecturing as an adjunct faculty at various universities including Riara, Nazarene, Mt. Kenya and St Paul University.
Prior to this Jane worked with an International organization-The Navigators, Kenyan chapter. The Navigators tasked her with Developing, planning and organizing a leadership mentoring program for young women mentees at Kenyatta University. At Riara University, Jane coordinates internship besides handling student affairs issues such as guiding and counselling, as well as mentorship.
Research interests include:
|Regional Integration and Regionalism in AfricaRelations Between Gulf Countries and African Countries
Natural Resource Governance In Africa
|Political, Economic, and Territorial GovernanceUrban Planning, Management, and Transformation
Institutional Capacity Building
SKILLS & STRENGTHS
|Political Research & AnalysisConference Presentations & Organization
High-Level Panels & Workshops
|Stakeholder EngagementCapacity Building
|Policy AnalysisFacilitation & Teaching
Dr. Ken Walibora teaches at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Riara University. Author of the critically acclaimed Swahili novel Siku Njema, Walibora obtained his PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies at The Ohio State University, in the United States. His training in Comparative Cultural Studies with a multidisciplinary and eclectic approach, offers a tremendous boost to Diplomatic Studies, for which globalization, interethnic dynamics and multicultural adaptions have increasingly become important pillars. His research interests include globalization, translation, world literature, and African continental and diasporic cultures and literatures, with a focus on Anglophone and Swahiliphone fiction and nonfiction.
He is a prolific Kiswahili fiction writer and poet with a literary oeuvre exceeding fifty titles and has won several awards. For instance, he won the Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize thrice with his Swahili texts, Ndoto ya Amerika in 2003 and Kisasi Hapana in 2009 and Nasikia Sauti ya Mama in 2015. His recent scholarly works include the book Narrating Prison Experience: Human Rights, Self, Society and Political Incarceration in Africa (2014). He has also published a number book of chapters and articles in academic journals including PMLA, Research in African Literatures (RAL), and Journal of the Association of African Literature (JALA), East African Literary and Cultural Studies, and Journal of African Language Teachers Association (JALTA). In addition, Ken Walibora has a wealth of journalistic experience as news editor and anchor as well as columnist.
Racheal O. Makokha, joins the School of International Relations and Diplomacy as a Tutorial Assistant. Racheal was awarded her Masters in International Political Economy and Development from the University of Birmingham, UK (2017) on Commonwealth Scholarship. She completed her internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2016. She also served as the 2014/15 East African Community (EAC) Deputy Youth Ambassador to Kenya.
Research interests; International Political Economy, Regionalism and Regional Integration and Global Studies