The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa is a multi-campus private university founded on 3 September 1984. It has 6 main faculties: Arts & Social Sciences, Commerce, Education, Science, Law, and Theology. The university also operates: Centre for Social Justice and Ethics which carries out a number of activities in the AMECEA region and beyond in the areas of research, teaching and formation, and community service; Institute for Regional Integration and Development - a unique Specialist Post-Graduate University Institute for research and training in regional integration; School of Graduate Studies, which facilitates academic, administrative and financial activities of postgraduate students. The University campus hosts IBM Research Africa offices.

CUEA’s Directorate of Research, which was involved in the preparation of the AHEAD proposal, coordinates and manages research activities across the faculties, seeking to promote collaborative research between CUEA and other universities and institutes of higher learning in Africa and beyond and to encourage interdisciplinary research between the faculties and departments of the university.

Project team 



Rev. Prof. Peter GICHURE

Director,  Graduate School

Rev. Prof. Peter Gichure is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Nakuru. He is an Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Peace Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He holds doctorates in Theology and Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and Master's in Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame, USA. Prof. Gichure is the Theological Advisor of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Kenya. His area of research is on alleviation of poverty and sustainable development. He has vast experience in university academic linkages both at the local and international levels. 



Prof. Joseph Muema KAVULYA

University Librarian

Prof. Joseph Muema Kavulya is the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium, the national library consortium dedicated to ensuring universal access to information in the country for research, education, policy making and innovation. His area of research interest are informatics for development, information and digital literacy, LIS education, e-research, scholarly communication, management of information services and emerging technologies in knowledge development. His experience in managing research information system and innovation activities at the University is an added value in the AHEAD project.



Rev. Dr. Paul MATHENGE 


Rev. Dr. Paul Mathenge is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Nyeri. He holds a doctoral degree in Entrepreneurship. Rev. Mathenge has a strong entrepreneurial background that promotes service learning at various level. He has vast experience in supporting startups, youth enterprises, innovation and Innovational Entrepreneurship. His research areas are microenterprises and faith-based enterprises, agripreneurs, social entrepreneurship and Business classes on entrepreneurship. 




Dr. Margaret Nduta GITHAE


Margaret Githae has a PhD degree in Community Health and Development from Calamus International University, United Kingdom. She facilitates the connection between academia and local industry in terms of training and research for Service Learning model at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.




Mr. Davidson Njathi THABA

Head of ICT

Mr. Davidson Njathi Thaba has an accomplished ICT leadership with varied technical and management skills acquired across multiple IT disciplines. Specialties in IT service management, project management, IT governance, data centres management, IT security management, among others. He holds an MSc. Information Technology degree from Strathmore University and BSc. Computer Science degree from University of Nairobi. He has the following certifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified In Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and ITIL v3 Foundation. He is a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Kenya Chapter.



Mr. Stephen SIRONIK


Mr. Stephen N. Sironik holds a Master of Science degree in chemistry from Kenyatta University. He has vast experience in administration (head of the department, industrial attachment and examination coordinator in the faculty of science). He has supervised and mentored many undergraduate students in their project work at Catholic University of Eastern Africa and has been actively involved in community development activities.





Finance officer

Duke Mose has a Bachelor in Commerce (Finance), CPA Part II (KASNEB) and MBA in Progress. He has wide knowledge in accounts: payable and the procedures of payments, strong analytical / quantitative skills, proven skills in filing of documents systematically, batching of various documents and posting of the payments in the cashbook or the general ledger, and is proficient in the use of MS Office suite applications. 




Jane Nambiri OUMA

 Research Fellow

Jane Nambiri holds a Masters in Educational Research and Evaluation from Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She has been a proponent of evidence-based practice that promotes social service practice and service delivery based on measureable outcomes. Jane has participated in a wide variety of research projects at the university. Besides supporting the proposal process, she participated actively in the four waves of the Longitudinal Study Research for Stop Violence Against Girls in School Project as a researcher and administrator, which was funded by Big Lottery Fund UK, through Action Aid International Kenya.