Prominent Alumni With Distinguished Achievements

The late Professor Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was an Alumnus and former staff in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi. Prof. Maathai was the first Eastern African woman to receive a PhD in Veterinary Anatomy in 1971 from the University of Nairobi.  She was also the first feminine professor in the region in 1976 when she became the first lady chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi. In 2004, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, again becoming the first woman from Sub-Saharan Africa to receive this coveted prize.

Prof. Maathai was elected the Member of Parliament for Tetu Constituency in 2002 and served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources from 2003 to 2005.

She founded the Green Belt Movement (GBM) in 1977 and authored Unbowed, which is her autobiography, in 2006.

Prof. Maathai was the Founder Distinguished Chair, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi


Prof. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi who is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi is a Professor of Veterinary Surgery in the Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Prof. Mbithi graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) in 1983, MSc. in Clinical Studies in 1985 and PhD in Clinical Studies in 1995. In 1987, Prof. Mbithi also graduated with a Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc. Veterinary Anesthesiology Radiology and Surgery) from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Between 1995 and 2003 he was Chairman, Department of Clinical Studies In 2003 Prof. Mbithi he was elected as the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine until he was appointed as the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences in 2004.  In 2005 he was competitively appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, a position he held until 2015. He was appointed the Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi January 6, 2015. 




Prof. Paul Waruoro Njuki Kanyari the current Chairman of Council, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and Chairman, Inter –Public Universities Council Consultative Forum (IPUCCF) in Kenya is a Professor of Veterinary Parasitology in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology & Parasitology in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.


Prof. Kanyari graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi in 1979 and MSc in 1982... . He was awarded PhD from the University of Queensland in 1987.




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