Prof. Nelson H. Were Wawire (Ph.D)

Primary outcome: proportion of women-owned and managed enterprises within the manufacturing sector increased by 30% by 2025.

Professor of Economics, Department of Applied Economics, School of Economics,

Current Position: Professor of Economics [Macroeconomics & public sector economics] & Research Coordinator for Kenyatta University Women’s Economic Empowerment Hub funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Qualifications and employment: Ph.D in Economics, Master of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Education (Economics and Business Studies). Professor of economics, Assistant District Development officer (1992-93). Leadership/Managerial experience: Dean School of Economics; Chairman, Department of Applied Economics; Coordinator, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development [CEED]; standing in for Deputy Vice Chancellors; chairman of several University committees, member of university committees. Chairman: Board of Directors, Kakamega County Investment and Development Agency (KCIDA); African Economic Research Consortium [AERC] Academic Advisory Board; Board of Management, Sivilie Secondary School; Presiding Clerk- Friends International Centre Church. Member: World Economic Survey Expert Group; UNDP Advisory Group on SDGs; Organization of Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA); Association of Third World Studies; and Econometric Association of Kenya; and Board of Management, Chebuyusi Secondary School.


Research: Over 80 research projects successfully completed. Research projects on women economic empowerment in areas such as: management of women’s’ Micro and Small Enterprises; women’s access to credit; contraceptive use; women’s project success and sustainability; family planning services; women enterprise fund; performance of women owned enterprises; sustainability of World Bank Funded Projects. Consultancies/Research: Centre for Global Development (CGD); Centennial Group Holdings LLC, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa [ASARECA], African Economic Research Consortium [AERC], World Bank, Common Market for Southern and Eastern African [COMESA], United Nations Economic Commission for Africa [UNECA)/NEPAD], African Development Bank (AfDB) United Nations Development Programme [UNDP],  United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)[University of Oxford], China Institute of International Studies, Institute of Research on Economic Development, UNESCO, The National Treasury and State Department of Planning, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis [KIPPRA], Transition Authority (TA), Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC), Kenya Bankers Association, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Society for International Development , Central Bank of Kenya, Competition Authority of Kenya, Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited and University of Pavia & CISP/CDN.

Journal Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Advances in Developing Human Resources; Amity Journal of Economics; Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade; International Journal of Afro-Asian Studies; International Journal of Human Development and Sustainability. Policy Papers: Center for Global Development, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and Centennial Group Holdings. Publications: Over 44 journal articles; 8 books; 9 chapter and 1 working paper. Training: Strategic Planning and Corporate Governance, Integrity and Ethics, Information Security Management System, Evaluation of Risk Management, Commercialization of Research, Governance and Leadership in Higher Education, procurement procedures and sensitization on new public procurement and asset Disposal Act, Public Complaints Handling Mechanisms, and Rapid Results initiative. Recognition: Best professor in economics in 2013 by Africa Education Leadership Awards.