Prof. Tolly.S.A. Mbwette is a holder of a PhD in Engineering from the University of London (Imperial College, UK) of 1989 as well as a Masters Degree of the University of Dar es Salaam (1984) and a B.Sc. Civil Eng. Degree (1981). He also holds a PG Diploma of the UNESCO WRE Institute of Delft, The Netherlands (1982). In Prof. Mbwette’s academic career at UDSM, he rose from a Tutorial Assistant in 1981 to a Full Professor in 1999. He was an Associate Dean for Research, Publications and Postgraduate Studies in the former Faculty of Engineering at UDSM (July 1991- June 1994) after which he became the Manager of the UDSM Transformation Programme in the Vice Chancellor’s office (July 1994-April 2002). Between 1st January, 2004 and 12th April, 2005, he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the Open University of Tanzania. From 13th April, 2005 to 12th April 2015, he was the Vice Chancellor, Open University of Tanzania . Between 2005 and 2007, he was the maiden Chairman of TCU. He is the Immediate Past Vice Chancellor of OUT and a former Member of the Governing Board of the Association of African Universities (AAU) from June 2013 to June 2017. Between 2011 and 2014 he was President of The African Council of Distance Education (ACDE). Between 2014 and April 2017 he was a Board member of the ACDE Board. He is the Immediate Past President of the Council of The Pan African University (PAU) for the period 2015 to 2017.
Between 2008 and December 2016, he was a holder of the UNESCO COL Professorial Chair in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) at OUT. In 2009, Prof. Mbwette was appointed as one of the Honorary Advisors to the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) until 2015. In March 2015, Prof. Mbwette was appointed to be one of the seven ICDE Chairs on Open Educational Resources (OER). In October 2016, Prof. Mbwette was voted to be Chair of the Board of the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE). Between October 2015 and August 2016, he was appointed by the President of URT as The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL). Between July 2017 to date he is The Chair of The Board of DAWASCO and he is a member of The Executive Committee of The International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) for 2018 to 2019. Prof. Mbwette is a Member of The Board of Laweh College of Open and Distance Learning, Ghana. Prof. Mbwette is a Full Time Professor of Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering & Technology, UDSM as well as a Professor of Environmental Science and Technology at OUT.
Born in Nungua, a suburb of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, Prof. Mrs. Goski Alabi is an Associate Professor in Management and Leadership and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, University of Professional Studies, Accra (Accra). Her main areas of expertise include Strategic Thinking, driving accelerated change in complex business environments; Strategic leadership, developing and sustaining high-performing leadership teams; developing a culture of innovation and quality systems that work in organizations and action learning design and delivery. Prior to joining Academia, She has worked as a Project and Research Officer, at the Food and Drugs Board of Ghana for 3-4years, conducting inspections and audits of the management systems of several organizations from Small to Large and multi-national organizations.
Prof. Isaac Njuguna Kimengi is a professor of Moi University and the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of (Academics, Research and Extension). Prior to his appointment Prof. Kimengi has served the University in various capacities: Head of Department Educational Foundations, Dean, School of Education, Director Academic Programmes Odera Akang’o Campus, Acting Principal at Odera Akango Campus College and the Coordinator, Mama Ngina University College. Prof. Kimengi has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, and current serving member of the Moi University Secondary school Management Board. He is a Professor of Sociology of Education. He received secondary education at Kapsabet Boys High School (“O” level) and Mangu High School (“A”) level. He Studied Bachelor of Education (Science) at the University of Nairobi and graduated with First Class Honours in 1980. In 1985 he was awarded a M.A in Educational Foundations (Sociology of Education) at University of Nairobi. In 1992 he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Education at Kenyatta University.
Born in Kagiso South Africa with 15 years of senior management in higher education in South Africa. The experience spans government (South African Department of Education), the development sector (USAID) and South African universities (Universities of Walter Sisulu, Limpopo, Pretoria and UNISA).
Has dealt with higher education financing, mergers and incorporations, institutional and strategic planning, internationalisation, fundraising and general management. Consulted for United States Agency for International Development, Academy for Educational Development (USA), Irish Aid, Coleman Research to advise the Equity Select Group (USA), Maastricht University on the Dutch Government funded project in Zambia
Amy is Living and working in the MENA region for more than 30 years, she has been in higher education administration for the most part. She has a MA in Admin-istration & Curriculum from Gonzaga University of the USA. Since 1996, she has been at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco running the Office of International Programs that has become the central facilitator of the institutionalization of internationalization. She works to put international education theory into practice to fit the uni-versity’s mission and advances its strategic planning. She is active in professional associations for international ed-ucation and enjoys mentoring and sharing resources.
Prof. L. P Barasa is an Associate Professor of Education at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Media. He is a consultant in: Theory and Philosophy of research, Curriculum Development, Language Education, Higher Education and Drama. He is the current Liaison officer of OSSREA (Organisation of Social Sciences for Eastern and Southern Africa), the President of ASELER-KENYA (The Kenya Association of English Language Educators and Researchers), a member of ANIE, a member of POD (Professional Organisation Development, North America).
Mamadou DIME is currently professor and head of the Department of sociology at University Gaston Berger (Saint-Louis-Senegal). Mr. Dime obtained his PhD in sociology in 2005 at University of Montreal. He had several publications on thematic like international development, public policies, ethnic relations, environment, gender, assessment of development projects, urban poverty, migration, youth and education. Dime leaded several research projects in Canada and Senegal as main researcher or co researcher: international student mobility in Africa, migration, remittances and climatic change, youth unemployment, childhood, etc. He got a rich experience in management of research programs both in Canada and Senegal. M. Dime accumulated rich experience in consultancy on international development, assessment of projects, education, unemployment and youth.
Ms. Badoo’s main areas of expertise are in Project Management, Gender and Advocacy and Corporate Practise. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with Philosophy and an MPhil. in International Affairs both from University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds Diplomas in Marketing and in Statistics from the Institute of Commercial Management and the University of Ghana respectively. Previously she has worked as a Customer Relations Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Practice Manager and as a Consultant with various organizations. Currently, she works for Brookstone Relief Services as a Programmes Coordinator.
Dr. Christoff Pauw (member) is a a Manager of International Academic Networks at Stellenbosch University and also a TRECC Africa Coordinator. He Support Fellows Programme at STIAS, in particular developing STIAS as a resource for African scholars throughout the continent and beyond through networking and engagement. Position within the Postgraduate and International Office. Support and coordinate academic collaboration and cooperation with partner institutions and networks. He is a PhD holder in Systematic Theology from VU University Amsterdam and MA, Philosophy from Stellenbosch University.
Dr. Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo is a Commonwealth Academic Fellow and a holder of a PhD Degree in Language Teacher Education from The University of Leeds in the United Kingdom (UK), an M.Phil Degree in English Language Education from Moi University and a B.Ed. Degree in English and Literature from Moi University. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer of Educational Communication and the Head of the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Human Resource Development, at Moi University – Kenya. His academic interests are: Research Methodology (with special interest in Qualitative research); Teacher Education (with special interest on the practicum); English Language Pedagogy (at School, Tertiary and University levels); Academic Writing and Organizational Communication (with emphasis on Written Communication and Networks of Communication). Charles has led and/or participated in collaborative research with Kenyan national institutions such as the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), where he was a lead researcher on the Needs Assessment for Curriculum Reform and Teacher Education, among others. Internationally, he is a principal investigator in the on-going collaborative research on Strengthening Educational Mentoring Systems in Africa (SEMESA) between the University of Brighton in the UK, Kenyatta University and Moi University. He has facilitated many research workshops for postgraduate students at Moi University and other universities in Kenya, participated in a number of international conferences and served in Boards of Management of secondary schools. He has served as an external examiner in universities in East Africa. He is also a seasoned facilitator and adjudicator in the Kenya National Schools and Colleges Drama Festival (KNDF) and the Kenya Music Foundation (KMF). In terms of professional affiliation, Dr. Ong’ondo is a member of the African Network for Internalisation of Education (ANIE), International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), the Association of English Language Educators and Researchers in Kenya (ASELER) and Kenya Association of Educational Administration and Management (KAEAM). He has published widely in Language Teacher Education and Research Methodology. Prior to joining the university as a lecturer, he had more than ten years’ experience as a teacher and Principal in Kenyan Schools.