Prof. James Ole Kiyapi

Prof. James Ole Kiyapi

Prof. James Ole Kiyapi

Former Director, Resource Mobilization and Strategic Initiatives (Ended 2023)

Professor James Ole Kiyiapi is an accomplished academic, researcher, public administrator, and grassroots mobilizer, bringing in vast experience and rich networks to the resource mobilization function at the University of Eldoret.

Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry (First Class Honors) from Moi University (1988), and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (1993). Started career progression as a young lecturer at Moi University and was instrumental in curriculum reforms (1995-1997) as Head, of the Department of Forestry and Wood Science, reorienting forestry training and education to be responsive to the market needs, while embracing emerging issues. Was among prominent scholars who shaped the environmental /conservation agenda post-Rio Summit in Kenya and East Africa spanning a period of over 20 years. Demonstrated acumen in academic leadership, and student supervision, and authored numerous peer review publications and technical reports.

Was one of the technocrats, head-hunted and appointed by Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki (2006-2012), to lead a culture shift in the civil service and advance the administration’s agenda and national renewal through a coordinated Government-wide approach. Specifically, served as a Permanent Secretary in the environment, health, and education ministries occasioning major reforms in the three sectors key among which included: reforms in environmental management in general and the forest sector, modernization of health facilities countrywide, and educational reforms in line with 2010 Constitution. Played a central role in leveraging Kenya’s position in multilateral negotiation on Climate Change (the Bali Roadmap 2007) and environmental governance, and initiated the National Climate Change Action Plan process (2007-2008).

Presidential Candidate in Kenyan’s General Elections of 2013, on a change platform.

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