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                                                                                         Board of Directors (Trustees)

        (USA office)                                                                                                     (Kenya office)


          Chair/CEO                                                                                                      Co-Chair/CEO 

        Dr. Benjamin Mwashote                                                                                                                              Prof. Mwakio  Tole


             Director (Programs & Finance)                                                                                                         Director (Programs & Finance)

            Prof. William Landing                                                                                                                           Prof. Gabriel Katana


           Director (Events & Meetings)                                                                         Director (Events & Meetings)

      Dr. Claudius Mundoma                                                                                      Prof. Muniru Tsanuo


             Director (Networking)                                                                                                                       Director (Networking)

             Dr. Rachel Wentz                                                                                                                                   Ms. Sarah Wallace


Members of the FoPU Advisory Council

Prof. Justin Irina

Prof Irina has had a meteoric career as an academic giant in the area of inorganic Chemistry.  The Professor has risen to the rank of Vice-Chancellor of the University and eventually, the Chairman of the Council of Pwani University College.

Prof Irina received a Fulbright fellowship to California State University, loss Angeles in 1979, and a commonwealth Scholarship, St. Francis Xavier University Canada.

The President of Kenya awarded him the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) national award in December 1994.

Prof. Irina has taught and was Professor at the National University of Lesotho, University of Nairobi and Moi University where he became the Vice Chancellor.

Prof Irina has industrial experience where he worked in the Research Laboratory, Shell Refinery Montreal Canada, and at the quality control laboratory shell Company Mombasa Kenya.

Prof. Irina has served the public in management positions where he was the secretary, Public  Universities inspection Board, Secretary to the Commission for Higher Education (CHE), Kenya, Vice Chancellor of Moi University and former Principal of Chepkoilel Campus College, the founding Dean, faculty of Science Moi University.

Prof. Irina also served as a Board Member of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) where it achieved a lot of success.

Prof Irina also chaired the Board of Governors of Mombasa Polytechnic where he modified it to become Mombasa Polytechnic University College.  Prof Irina has also served as a member of the Board of Aga Khan Health Services, Kenya and a member of the Council of Western University College of Science and Technology (WEUCO), now Masinde Muliro University.

Prof Irina has had a stint as a member of the council of Maseno University Council.  He chaired the Board of the Coast Institute of Technology – Voi Kenya. During his tenure the college grew from a small community college to a modern large technical training institute with a significant contribution to the community.

To date Prof. Irina still holds the position of Chairman of East African Materials Research Society where he is currently serving since 2000.  He served as Chairman of the Kenya Chemical Society and Chairman of the Agricultural Society of Kenya.

Prof Irina is known for his efforts in trying to help the Coast of Kenya to establish a University.  He fought and negotiated for long with authorities in Kenya to establish a University at the Coast, a dream which was realized with the establishment of Pwani University College.

Prof. Nuhu Yaqub

Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, a Professor of Political Science, served as Vice Chancellor (President) of the University of Abuja, Nigeria from 2004 to 2009.

For his undergraduate almer mater, Prof. Yaqub attended Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. He studied at the University of Toronto and received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Sussex (England). He has published widely on African political economy, international politics, democratic transition and consolidation, and public policy.

Hosted by Wake Forest University's Department of Political Science, Prof. Yaqub was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2010 - 2011 academic year where he taught Government and Politics in Africa, as well as a course entitled Africa and World Politics.

Prof. Tebello Nyokong

Prof. Tebello Nyonkong is a Chemist and researcher of a ground-breaking cancer diagnosis and treatment. Tebello Nyokong, has won the “Africa-Arab State 2009 L’Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science for her pioneering research into photodynamic therapy which looks at harnessing light for cancer therapy and environmental clean-up. She is the third South African Scientist to receive this award.

Tebello Nyokong was born in Lesotho on 20 October 1951, but spent most of her first eight years outside her country of birth. In primary school she spent alternate days tending sheep. Far from discouraging her, this increased her self-confidence because she concluded that she could do anything a boy could do.

In high school, she chose arts subjects, but just two years before her matric year she changed to the sciences. She managed to overhaul the backlog of work, developing an enduring love for chemistry as she worked. She received her Cambridge Overseas School Certificate in 1972.

In 1977 she graduated from the National University of Lesotho, having spent her spare time doing research on the role of chemistry in everyday African life, and obtained a Canadian International Development Agency Scholarship to undertake post-graduate studies. Four years later she graduated with an MSc in chemistry, and after further study received a PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 1987. She then applied for and was given a Fulbright fellowship for post-doctoral study at the University of Notre Dame in the United States.

On her return from abroad, Nyokong taught briefly at the University of Lesotho before joining Rhodes University in 1992 as a lecturer. Impressed by the quality of her work, the Foundation for Research Development (now the National Research Foundation) soon provided her with a rating which allowed her to set up a research laboratory at the university. It was the start of a rapid climb to the positions of senior lecturer, associate professor and fully-fledged professor.

Nyokong is currently engaged in ground-breaking research on a new cancer diagnosis and treatment methodology called “photo-dynamic therapy” which is intended as an alternative to chemotherapy. The new therapy is based on using the dye which is used to colour blue denim clothing, and which is inert and harmless by itself but can be activated by exposure to a red laser beam. The system, which has been approved in some countries, reportedly does not destroy hair or healthy cells or cause nausea.

Nyokong's early work on the system so impressed the National Laser Centre that in 2002 the Centre made her a long-term loan of equipment worth R3 million which was essential for her next research phase.

In 2004 Professor Tebello Nyokong, researcher of a ground-breaking cancer diagnosis and treatment, was the science and technology category winner of the “Shoprite Checkers / SABC 2 Women of the Year Award.” The Award resulted in extensive exposure for the work Prof Nyokong has been doing and since winning it she was bestowed with the “Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze” by the former South Africa President Mbeki in 2005, for outstanding contribution to science. She was also awarded research chair for Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation, in 2007.

In addition to working on photo-dynamic therapy, Tebello Nyokong, the personification of the New African woman, continues to do outstanding work in training chemists, particularly women, in the sophisticated skills needed to keep South Africa at the cutting edge of scientific development.

She helps other female scientists in the southern parts of Africa write research papers and apply for funding. The only woman in her department at Rhodes and the mother of two grown children, Nyokong is familiar with the academic loneliness female scientists often experience as well as the challenges of combining a career in science with the demands of raising a family. At the same time, she is convinced of the importance of women researchers.