Faculty and Staff
Prof Nancy Booker
Prof. Nancy Booker is an Associate Professor and the Interim Dean at the Graduate School of Media and Communications . She has had a distinguished career as an academic, teacher, researcher, administrator, leader and media practitioner with over 20 years experience. Prof. Booker specializes in broadcast journalism, multimedia storytelling, media management and health communication and research and has several academic publications in these areas. She has also been trained in leadership at Harvard.
Prior to joining GSMC Nancy was head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Multimedia University of Kenya and was actively involved in teaching, mentorship, research, and curriculum development. She previously taught at Daystar University and at ABC University in Liberia where she set up the Media and Communication Department in post-war Liberia.
She had stints at the national broadcaster, KBC, and later Nation Media Group's flagship, NTV, where she honed her skills. Today she is a regular commentator on local TV stations.
Prof. Booker continues to contribute to the media industry in the region in significant ways. Presently she serves as one of the seven members of the Media Complaints Commission, an independent arm of the Media Council of Kenya, which adjudicates complaints against the media. She also been a juror for the Kenyan Annual Journalism Excellence Awards. At a regional level, she is a founding member and current board member of the East African Communication Association (EACA). This organization is involved in harnessing regional synergies and capacity building for media and communication scholars in the region. Prof. Booker has also been involved in training, research and consultancies for several organizations. Some of these include The Open Society, Sida, UNDP, MCK, KEG, Thomson Foundation and NMG.
As part of her service to the community, Nancy is a trustee of Amani Ya Juu – Kenya, a social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for women from several African nations and cultures.
Prof Peter Kimani
Peter Kimani, PhD, is a Professor of Practice and an internationally acclaimed author, journalist and editor. As an interdisciplinary scholar, his research cuts across four main areas: journalism, creative writing, African literature, and postcolonial studies. He specialises in 20th Century African literature, East Africa's South Asian diaspora, and the politics of language and decolonisation. His work explores how colonial discourse is constructed and reconstructed in contemporary journalistic practice and its implications on Africa's development. This intersectionality of journalism and creative writing feels fortuitous; as digital media continue to disrupt the way information is gathered and disseminated, traditional media are increasingly turning to creative writing strategies to inaugurate new forms of storytelling.
Prof Kimani has published four books—including Dance of the Jakaranda, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017. He was one of only three international poets commissioned by NPR to present a poem to mark Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. His journalism has been published in leading newspapers of the world, from the New York Times to the NewAfrican, the oldest pan-African newsmagazine. He also served as a senior writer/editor and columnist for the Daily Nation and The Standard, two of the region's largest media organisations.
He reported all major news developments in the nation and region. He was deployed to Darfur to report the 2004 atrocities, now the subject of an International Criminal Court investigation; covered conflicts in Northern Uganda and Somalia; reconstruction efforts in South Sudan; HIV/Aids in Botswana, among others. His journalistic oeuvre at both The Standard and the Daily Nation long surpassed the 1,000-mark comprising deep investigations, penetrating analyses, features, opinions and editorials.
Prof Kimani has taught at the prestigious Amherst College and the University of Houston, where he completed a doctorate supervised by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, one of the world's best-known living writers.
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Prof George Nyabuga
George Nyabuga, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of our Executive MA in Media Leadership and Innovation. He worked at the University of Nairobi as an Associate Professor of media and journalism. He has almost 20 years’ experience teaching in higher education. He taught journalism, and media and cultural studies at the University of Worcester, and international media and communication, and comparative politics at Coventry University both in the United Kingdom. Prof. Nyabuga worked as a journalist before joining academia, his last position in the media being the Managing Editor in charge of Weekend Editions, and Managing Editor, Media Convergence, at the Standard Group. Prof. Nyabuga’s research interests include the sociology of journalism, new and digital media, communication, journalism and media theories, comparative media systems, and media, journalism, politics and democracy. He has a PhD in Media, Politics and History from Coventry University.
Henry is a Teaching Assistant at the Graduate School of Media and Communications. Prior to joining GSMC, Henry worked at Radio Africa Group (The Star newspaper) as a news reporter, where he was seconded to the Health Desk.
He has also worked as the coordinator for the Kenya Media Network on Population and Development (KEMEP), a Network of like-minded journalists, whose primary engagement is to research and highlight human interest stories such as female genital mutilation, early marriages and population and development stories from across the country.
Henry is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication and Information Studies from the University of Nairobi, with a special interest in Terrorism and Media. He obtained both his MA in Communication and Information Studies and Bachelor’s (Hons) in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi.
Expertise: journalism, terrorism and media, human interest stories, language and cross-cultural.
Gitonga is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Graduate School of Media and Communications. His role includes strategy, corporate affairs, public relations, partnerships, communications, student affairs, and other varying administrative capacities.
His prior engagements involved Campus Director at Edulink International College, Kenya, founding Assistant Dean of Students (Nairobi Campus), and later founder of the Office of Corporate Affairs, Kenya Methodist University.
With a background in the agricultural sciences, his education has focused on environment and technology. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Nairobi, with a focus on remote sensing, digital data, blockchain and conservation.
Expertise: strategy, corporate affairs, public relations, partnerships, communications, student affairs, remote sensing, digital data, blockchain and conservation.
Marion is the Technical Operations Manager of the Graduate School of Media and Communications. With a wide experience in the telecommunications and broadcast engineering field in Kenya, Marion previously was the Head of Technical Services at Mediamax Network before joining GSMC. During her career she has been involved in the setting up of TV and Radio studios, Outside Broadcasting Vans and remote Transmissions for stations such as K24TV, Ebru TV, Kameme FM, Milele FM, Meru FM and many more.
Marion holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Telecommunications Engineering. She is also is an Executive Board Member of Habel Nyamu High School in Kirinyaga County where she is actively involved in mentoring female students on how to excel in science subjects.
Expertise: telecommunications and broadcasting, consult broadcast engineer, mentorship
Soraiya is the Interim Chief of Staff of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University.
Prior to joining the GSMC, Soraiya was the Programmes Manager then the Interim Director of AKU’s East Africa Institute. She also owned and operated a consultancy firm specialising in communication & media strategy for corporates and political parties, as well as strategic interventions for brand alignment and management.
With a BJourn from Rhodes University & USIU and a PGDip (Hons) from the Sol Plaatje Institute of Rhodes University, Soraiya has worked as both in the hospitality and public sector.
Expertise: political communication, marketing, communication & media strategy.
Alykhan is Head of Training at the Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC), Aga Khan University. He has led the development and implementation of various projects pertaining to executive education, grants, partnerships and fellowships. Notably, he founded the Mobile Video Journalism Fellowship (a collaboration with Facebook) and successfully managed the Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa program in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School.
Outside of work, Alykhan is the vice-chair of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Kenya and directs youth development strategy and operations for the Ismaili community across Eastern and Southern Africa. He is passionate about leadership, mentorship, communication, lifelong learning and technology. On the weekends you can find him searching for the best coffee in Kenya. Alykhan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Marketing from Anglia Ruskin University, UK.
Marietta is a Specialist for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Media and Communications. She manages the overall administration, coordination and everyday operations of GSMC’s academic division’s activities, including coordinating the school’s special projects. She also supports the building of partnerships between GSMC and its stakeholders.
With over 10 years’ experience in programme coordination, Marietta has a passion for achieving social change for deprived communities. She is also currently a climate change columnist in The Catholic Mirror, a monthly magazine for the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Marietta is a trained Community Development practitioner with a Master’s degree in Project Planning and Management and a certified Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) practitioner.
Expertise: administration, stakeholder partnerships, climate change, social change for deprived communities.
Sanday is the Senior Assistant at the Graduate School of Media and Communications. She supports senior executives, administrative teams, short courses, projects and events.
With over 15 years of proven expertise in administrative roles both in the business field, health sector and university setting, Sanday has previous experience working at Aga Khan University Hospital and Aga Khan University in the office of the Provost.
Sanday is a graduate in Business Administration at Graffins College and currently at United States International University - Africa. She holds diplomas in secretarial studies, typing and office management.
Asha is the Assistant Registrar of the Graduate School of Media and Communications. Her role encompasses student recruitment, admissions, enrolment, managing student academic records, production of transcripts and convocation. Asha is also responsible for student experience on the Kenya campus providing high quality, student-centred and professional support to meet the needs of students.
Asha is a graduate of the School of Information Sciences at Moi University. With 8 years of experience in records management, Asha has previously worked at Riara University managing examinations and academic records.
Laban is the Studio and ICT officer at the Graduate School of Media and Communications for the Teaching and Learning Unit. A portion of his role includes assisting students on how to navigate AKU’s virtual learning environment and constructing the radio and TV studio at GSMC.
Prior to joining GSMC, Laban worked at the Aga Khan University Hospital as a client service engineer. That included setting up of the Heart and Cancer Center IT infrastructure and upgrading the hospital management system, among other tasks.
Laban holds a Bachelor’s of Business in Information Technology from St. Paul’s University, a diploma in Computer Science and Networking and a various number of IT certifications including ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), Microsoft Server virtualization, Cybersecurity, CCNA, A+, N+, Mac Hardware Administration and Google Digital Skills for Africa.
Expertise: Information and Communications Technology, virtual learning environment, client service, hospital management systems.
Daniel is the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) support for the Graduate School of Media and Communications. He provides high-quality, timely and professional services and technical support in a wide range of areas regarding all areas of tech.
Previously, Daniel worked as an information and communication technology support at the Aga Khan University Hospital.
Daniel is a graduate at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in information technology.
Expertise: Information and Communication Technology, technical support, virtual learning environment.
Media Innovation Center (MIC)
Dr Njoki Chege
Dr Chege is the Director, Media Innovation Centre. The Centre is aimed at enhancing media viability in East Africa. Based in Nairobi, the centre provides training, coaching and mentorship to media innovators in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Njoki has over 9 years' experience in the media as a journalist, columnist and editor. As the Editor, Lifestyle (Pishi) at Nation Media Group, she was responsible for Pishi, an innovative lifestyle content project. Her research interests focus on media innovation and sustainability. She has previously taught graduate courses at Daystar University.
Hesbon is a Research Associate at the Media Innovation Centre and an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate School of Media and Communications. His areas of expertise include media viability, the role model of the media in a multi-ethnic democracy, political communication and the political economy of the media.
A PhD candidate in political communication, Hesbon has ten years of university teaching and research experience. He has co-authored two publications in the field of journalism and media studies.
Expertise: media viability, the role model of the media in a multi-ethnic democracy, political communication, political economy of the media
Benson is the Media Innovation Centre’s Community Manager and is responsible for community needs, assists the vibrant, diverse and dynamic innovators, fosters ideas and communities to converge and supports interpersonal and partnership relationships. As a dynamic person, his multi-skilled nature makes him a unique and valuable asset to the centre and AKU.
Prior to working at MIC, Benson worked as a Community Manager at the globally recognized innovation hub and hackerspace, iHub. He has also worked in PR, human resources, project management and account management roles.
Benson holds a BA in International Business from the United States International University.
Expertise: community needs, relationship and partnership building, innovator management
Caleb is the Communication Officer at the Media Innovation Centre. He is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating communication plans to support the goals and priorities of the Innovation Center.
Caleb previously worked in the Public Relations sector under communication agencies serving a variety of corporate clientele. Through his years in PR agencies, Caleb has gained experience in handling crisis communications, media relations, internal communications, event management, stakeholder management, product PR, sports sponsorships and content development for corporate clients.
Caleb holds a BA in Public Relations and is finalizing his MA in Corporate Communications at Daystar University.
Expertise: planning, developing, implementing and evaluating communication plans, public relation
Clare is the Grants Officer at the Media Innovation Centre. She provides financial and administrative advice and support services to designated programme staff. She also serves as the liaison between GSMC, Deutsche Welle Akademie (DWA) and KfW interpreting both KfW and AKU requirements and policies. Clare provides support to obtain newly available information on funding volume, timing of reports and compliance with regulatory and contractual requirements under the grant.
Prior to joining MIC, Clare worked for PwC Kenya where she was involved in projects and grant management for various donor-funded projects in the Public and not for profit sectors. Her work also involved providing mentorship and support to nascent organizations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of their operating systems.
Clare holds a Master of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University.
Expertise: financial and administrative advisor, external liaison