Zetech University Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Hub (iZET)

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Zetech Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Hub (iZET)

Committee Members

zetech university izetDr. Alice Njuguna joined Zetech in September 2017 from KCA University where she served as Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs. Before this post, she served as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of ICT and Distance Learning as well as Director, ICT. She also served as Dean, Faculty of Science and IT in the same institution.

She has a wealth experience in ICT and education and has held several leadership roles in the Kenya Education Network (KENET). At KENET, Dr. Njuguna was Chairperson of the Special Interest Group in education technology, Member, Audit and Governance Committee and a member of the management Board. She has contributed extensively to policy documents such as the Kenyan ICT policy and master plan.

Dr. Njuguna has published extensively in the field of information systems, ICT policy and E-learning. She has also supervised several students in the field of information systems and technology, data communications and E-learning implementation. Additionally, she has developed and implemented several curricula at masters, bachelors and diploma level in the fields of ICT and Data Communications. Well-travelled, Dr. Njuguna has attended conferences and collaborated with Universities in South Africa, Ghana, Denmark and the USA and has hosted several visiting Professors in a bid to create capacity in the field of E-learning. She is a Trainer of Trainers in E-learning Module development and implementation.

As DVC-ARE&S, she lead the team in implementing quality training, excellent research and stimulating capacity building strategies to ensure students enjoy and excellent learning experience.

Dr. Njuguna holds a First Degree in Science Education from Egerton University, a Master of Science in Computer-based information Systems from the University of Sunderland and a PhD in Information Technology Education from Capella University. Dr. Njuguna is currently working towards attaining her Professorship.

zetech university izetProf. Peter Berachesebe Kibas is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management. He is the current Dean of the School of Business and Economics besides chairing the Izet Hub Ideas and Innovations Committee. Prior to joining Zetech in 2018, Prof. Kibas held various senior leadership positions including: Vice Chancellor, Presbyterian University of East Africa; Deputy Vice Chancellor (A&F) Kabarak University; Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), University of Eastern Africa Baraton and the Marist International University College; Professor and the founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) at the United States International University (USIU-Africa); Director/Principal of the School of Management at the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Principal Administrative Officer Moi University. He is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM), a member of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) of USA and a member of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) in the UK. He also holds board membership positions in various non-profit organization, the latest being a Trustee in the Covenant Foundation NGO.

Peter holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in entrepreneurship (1995) and a Master’s degree in Vocational/Business and Technical Training (1987) both from the University of Illinois (at Urbana Champaign, USA); his Bachelor’s degree is in Business Education from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada (1981). Prof. Kibas began his career as a secondary school teacher in May 1974 after obtaining an S1-teachers Certificate (Diploma) in 1973 from Kenyatta University College (now Kenyatta University). Prof. Kibas has wide experience in research, teaching and management consultancy which spans over 38 years altogether; having started as a secondary school teacher in 1974. He has taught at Moi University, USIU, Kabarak, Marist International University College, University of Eastern Africa (UEAB) Kenyatta, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Presbyterian University of East Africa, University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and currently at Zetech. He is also well published with other 30 papers in journals and chapters of books in his area of specialization.

Peter has pioneered in a number of innovations including: developing the first Master’s degree program in Entrepreneurship in the Institute of Human Resource Development (IHRD) at Moi University (1999); establishing the Centre of Excellence in Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) at USIU (2002); and a number of Income Generation Activities at the Presbyterian University of East Africa (2015). He hasalso consulted for various organizations/institutions locally and internationally. He has been involved in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programs and projects in the Micro and Small Enterprise sector for various institutions/organizations locally and internationally. These include: the UNDP, the World Bank, the ILO, IFC, Jamii Bora Trust, Techno-Serve Kenya, the British Council, Action Aid Kenya, the World Vision, the Kenya Institute of Management and the Government of Kenya among others. His research interests are in the Youth and Women Innovation and entrepreneurship.

zetech university izetDr. Geoffrey Gitau Kamau has immense knowledge and experience in ICT and entrepreneurship, and ICT/telecommunications policy. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and MSc in Entrepreneurship both from JKUAT. He also holds several postgraduate and ICT professional credentials including Master in Communications Management -eMCM (UK Telecommunications Academy and University of Rwanda), MISM Keller Graduate School(USA); Cisco CCNA - San Diego College(USA), Diploma IMIS-UK, and IBM Cyber Security Specialist Certification. Currently he is doing another PhD in Information Systems (University of Nairobi). His Bachelor degree was in Education (Mathematics & Computer Studies - Kenyatta University).

Dr. Gitau Kamau has served in different capacities at Kabarak University where he has been a senior lecturer - including Acting Director (Nairobi Campus), and Acting Director (research); among others. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer at Zetech University (and Director Faculty Development and Excellence) and a part time lecturer in Kenyatta University, and Jommo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He serves as a member in NWHSA State Corporation where he contributes his competencies in governance oversigh. Dr. Gitau Kamau has authored two books (in Entrepreneurship and MIS). He has also published 20+ peer reviewed journals in entrepreneurship and management information systems.

Dr. Gitau Kamau has been a panelist, and an active participant in ICT policy, innovations and entrepreneurship fora including Kabarak University, Zetech University, AFRALTI, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, ITU, Freedom Online Coalition, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), Kenya Broadcasting Corporation(KBC), the local daily newspapers, among others.

zetech university izetDirector, Liaison and Resource Mobilization

Catherine is an experienced and highly efficient multi tasker performing the roles of university lecturer as well as the Liaison and Resource Mobilization Director. She has a track record of exceeding sales targets and driving an organization’s profitability through partnerships and linkages. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management- Marketing Specialization from Karatina University and an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management from Africa Nazarene University. Her Bachelor’s degree was in Business Administration from Gretsa University.

Catherine has a wealth of experience in Marketing Strategy, Planning and implementation from both the corporate world and the Education sector as well as eight years Lecturing experience. She served as the Head of School of Business at Gretsa University, Associate/Part time Lecturer at Mount Kenya and Murang’a Universities. Catherine has authored five peer reviewed journals in Marketing & ICT.

Catherine is currently the Liaison and Resource Mobilization Director at Zetech University and a committee member of Zetech Entrepreneurship and Technology Hub (iZET) as well as a postgraduate Lecturer.

zetech university izetPhD IT Candidate, MSc. Information Technology, BSc. Computer Science, CCNA Personable IT consultant with 10+ years of experience in the successful implementation of ICT applications and innovative technical support. Proven ability to successfully analyse an organization's critical support requirements and develop innovative solutions for increasing reliability and improving productivity. A broad understanding of computer hardware and software, including network systems, installation, configuration, database management, troubleshooting, and support, software engineering, web design and development, data communications and object-oriented system analysis and design

Accomplishments:

  • Kenya investment Authority-participated in conducting an ICT needs assessment and in drawing of an ICT strategic Plan and One stop Shop strategy which was later implemented as Huduma centers.
  • Kenya forest Service- Participated in conducting an ICT needs assessment, and in drawing an ICT strategy.
  • Kabianga University- Oversee the implementation of a 3G network and Laying of a Fiber Optic Network around the Main Campus. Conduced training to rollout the new Network to all staff of the University.
  • Zetech University- organized various workshops and seminars for students and staff. Participated in the development of the Research Directorate Web Portal. Participated in the Establishment of the University Innovation Hub. Participated in the development of Various Undergraduate and postgraduate Programs.
  • MicroLAN Kenya- Participated in the development of Maji Sacco Software and its roll out at Nyeri water and Sewerage Company.
  • Ruiru Baseline Survey- participated as a Senior Supervisor to assist the principal investigator to coordinate all research activities.

zetech university izetMr. Cyrus Baraza is enthusiastic IT Specialist with 10+ years’ experience including 6 years with a major Media House. A graduate of Bsc. Computer Science from Kenyatta University and Master of Science from KCA University in Data Communications. Professional specialization in Information Security and Assurance through certifications; Certified Information Systems Auditor(CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and an active member of ISACA. Attended University of Turku online certificate training on “Building African Entrepreneurial Universities in the Context of Responsible Innovations and Sustainable Development” course sponsored by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Mr. Cyrus Baraza has offered his services in different capacities; worked with Broadcast Solutions International (BSI) Ltd, as a Systems Integrator by providing cost effective Broadcast and Media solutions across the East African region. He also worked with Nation Media Group (NMG) a leading Media house in Africa, where he got involved in maintaining high performing service support functions including; IT Service Desk, IT Broadcasting Operations and Network Infrastructure operations, and a company champion for digital migration and digital first strategies.

At Zetech University Mr. Cyrus Baraza serves as the University IT Manager a role which as seen him achieve and deliver a dividend paying digital transformation including but not limited to; successful rollout of a new MIS system for the University, improved online presence and Learning (Website, portals and Learning Management system), improved internet connectivity and installation of a new University fiber based Local Area Network Backbone, modern Computer Laboratories with Smart boards and a hybrid classroom with Video learning.

Mr. Cyrus Baraza also finds joy in sharing knowledge and on adjunct basis as been able to successfully teach students at Zetech University and USIU-A, and he is also greatly involved in the management of the iZet Innovation Hub as a committee member where his input as enabled the students to participate in different activities involving innovation and Entrepreneurship in and out of campus.

zetech university izetMr. Rawlings Nyanga’u is an MA Film Technology candidate. He has over 15years of experience in training media specializing in Broadcast and Film in various colleges and universities. He has successfully imparted skills to many media professionals who are working in the mainstream media today.

Rawlings has served as tutor, Public Relations officer, Dean of students at St Ann’s College,Principal and tutor at East African College of Professional Studies and a tutor, manager and currently a graduate assistant at Zetech University.Rawlings is very passionate about the Kenyan Film industry and its growth.

zetech university izetMr. Samuel Kinuthia is a skilled and competent IT professional with a proven track record in cloud computing, big data, cyber security, configuring LAN & WAN networks, security systems, systems administration, people’s management, Problem solving, user support and training. I have strong technical skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills, enabling him to interact with people of different caliber. His greatest passion in life is using technical know-how to grow and nurture talents..

Academic Back Ground Professional Certifications:

  • BSC applied computer Science- Kisii university,2013
  • Diploma in Computer Engineering- Alphax College,2006.
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)Certified, July 2011 Cisco Systems.Cert no: (CSCO13428151) renewed in 2020
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate – CYBEROPS certificate of completion, august 2019 central agency for public mobilization and statistics(CAPMAS) Cairo, Egypt
  • Certified Network Security Specialist-CNSSCertificate of completion, June 2020 (InternationalCyber security Institute-UK), Credential No:18964801
  • CCNA Security certificate of completion, July 2020 Cisco open university, United Kingdom
  • IT Essentials certificate of completion, July 2018 Cisco open university, United Kingdom
  • CISCO Devnet Completed, January 2022 Cisco open university, United Kingdom
  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate-Cloud Computing Certified, September 2020 Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (1010080280805077631012)
  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate- Big Data certified, May 2020 Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (01010180144180803465323759)
  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate-Storage Certified,September 2020, (HCIA storage) Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (010100901441808062451409)
  • Huawei Certified ICT Professional- Routing &Switching certified, June 2019 (HCIP -R&S)Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (010200101441807638891413)
  • Huawei Certified ICT associate-Routing &Switching certified, June 2018 (HCIA R&S)Huawei technologies LTD cert no:(010100101557807238931421)
  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate-IOT, Certified,July 2020 Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (0101011901441808043051409)
  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate-Security Certified, July 2020 Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (010100301441808042971409)
  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate-Wlan,Certified,July 2020 Huawei technologies LTD cert no: (010101001441808043291409)
  • International Computer Digital literacy certified, July 2013 and recertified 2021 ICDL AFRICA S/N, ASC006456
  • Data analytics & AWS Security Fundamentals Certificate of completion,March 2020

Membership and Affiliations:

  • Member Huawei ICT talent eco-system development steering committee for sub-Sahara Africa from January 2019 to date
  • Member Internet Society of Kenya from December 2019 to date
  • Individual Member ICANN -At Large- Africa region (AFRALO) December 2021 to date
  • ICANN At-Large social media Working Group December 2021 to date
  • -Member Uasin Gishu ICT Association 2014-2015

Fellowships:

  • ICANN 72 fellow - Participated in virtual fellowship in October 2021 ( https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/icann72-fellowship-participants-2021-07-06-en)
  • ICANN 74 fellow - Participated in ICANN74 Fellowship and Policy forum at the Hague, Netherlands in June 2022 ((https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/icann74- fellowship-participants-2022-02-10-en)

Publications and blogging:

  • Contributed in white paper titled: ICT talent cultivation for Kenya digital economy- published oct 2021((https://www-file.huawei.com/-/media/corporate/local-site/ke/pdf/ict-talent-cultivation-for-kenyas-digital-economy-whitepaper.pdf)
  • -Participated in blog write up titled- How Learning Is Staying ON for Kenya’s Zetech University during the Pandemic published by Huawei in April 2020(https://blog.huawei.com/2020/04/16/how-learning-is-staying-on-for-kenyas-zetech-university-during-the-pandemic/)

Awards and Honors:

  • Top 3 in the Global Intro to Cybersecurity Learn-A-Thon competition: Awarded in July 2022
  • Cisco Cybersecurity Champion for 2019 -Awarded April 2020 by Cisco Networking Academy
  • Outstanding Performance award- awarded in May 2019 in Shenzhen China by Huawei Technologies for producing best performance in Network track of Huawei Competition global finals
  • Honor Credential award-awarded in March 2019 in Johannesburg South Africa; best performance in Huawei competition sub- Sahara Africa
  • Best trainer award by Huawei for producing the top student nationally in Huawei ICT competition in 2018
  • Extra Mile Award by Zetech University in December 2018
  • Improved member of academic staff award by Alphax college in December 2010

Projects and Achievements:

  • Coordinated Presidential Digital Talent Program(Digitalent program) at Zetech University – August 2018 (generated revenue KSh 1 million from the project)
  • Lobbied for donation of networking equipment worth 5 million from Huawei technologies
  • Coordinated training for Kenya Prison program March 2016 to December 2020-over 600 inmates+prison warden trained & certified in basic IT skills

Appointments:

  • Ag. Administrator- IZET hub (Innovation Hub)-Feb 2022 to June 2022
  • Head Centre for Professional Certifications, Zetech University, March 2016 to date
  • Graduate assistant faculty of ICT and engineering,Zetech University, Oct 2015 to date
  • HOD ICT and Engineering Department Alphax college April 2014 to Oct 2015
  • Deputy HOD ICT and Engineering Department Alphax college January 2012 to march 2013
  • Trainer ICT and Engineering Department Alphax College January 2010 to December 2013
  • ICT support technician Alphax College January 2009 to December 2010

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Member innovation and ideas committee, Zetech University, July 2020 to date
  • Member of deans and examinations committee,Zetech University March 2016 December 2021
  • Member Covid-19 Response Committee, Zetech University May 2020 to date
  • Chairman Staff Welfare town campus Zetech University April 2019 to date
  • Google apps for education administrator, Alphax College January2014-Sep 2015
  • Member academic and marketing committee,Alphax College, January 2014-Sep 2015
  • Member of examination committee, Alphax College January 2010 to December 2013

Trainings and workshops:

  • Quality Assurance workshop by Kenya Universities Quality Assurance Network, April 2021
  • Effective People Management by Zetech University August 2020
  • ISO 9001:2015- Documentation course by SGS,Kenya July 2019
  • Participated in ICDL coordinators workshop,Kigali Rwanda, Oct 2019
  • Cisco Instructor professional development workshops, after every 3-months from 2016 to date
  • Participated in Huawei ICT talent eco-system development workshop in Johannesburg south Africa and Shenzhen China, March and May 2019 respectively

zetech university izetMercy C. Ruto is a Master of Arts Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Kenyatta University and a bachelor’s degree holder in Social Work from Masinde Muliro University, she also holds an HTS NASCOP Certificate from ICS college. Mercy has 5+ years in teaching and community work. Currently she is serving as an Administrator at Zetech innovation and Technology Hub from October 2021 to date and also as the secretary to the Innovation and Ideas committee. Before the current appointment she served as a Graduate Assistant in the school of Education Arts and Social Sciences at Zetech University from May 2019. Previously she taught at Masinde Muliro university as a Graduate Assistant external, she also served as a tutor Kobujoi Institute of Development Studies. Mercy trained students as an Assistant lecturer at Alphax college from March 2014 to August 2014, she also served as a polling clerk in the 2017 General elections conducted by IEBC.

Mercy is passionate in innovations, she is self-motivated, enthusiastic HTS provider, Social Worker and Counseling Psychologist, with experience in, Community mobilization,Counseling, Advocacy for behavior change,teaching and Case management.

iZET partners

iZET has developed a number of partners as part of the innovation, technology and entrepreneurship journey

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