Isaac K. Nyamongo is a Professor of Anthropology. He currently serves as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Cooperative Development, Research, and Innovation) at the Cooperative University of Kenya. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, USA, and has over 30 years in teaching, research, and consultancy. He has supervised and mentored more than 40 students both at the Doctoral and master’s levels.
Prof. Nyamongo has held research and training grants from many organizations including the European Union, World Health Organization, International Development Research Center, Wenner Gren Foundation, and Toyota Foundation among others. His research and training experience spans several countries within the African region including Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea, and has focused mainly on social drivers of the human condition and development.
Prof. Nyamongo has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals. In addition, he has published books and book chapters. Further, he has held visiting Professor positions in the US as a Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010) and in South Africa where he was a Carnegie Mellon Fellow (2012). He is the recipient of the 2022 Pelto International Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), USA, and the 2022 International Cooperative Champion Award from the US Overseas Cooperative Council (US OCDC). He is decorated with the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS).