​Our People

Faculty and Staff​

Prof Nancy Booker​

Prof. Nancy Booker is an Associate Professor and the 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 George Nyabuga

George Nyabuga, PhD, is the Associate Dean andAssociate Professor at GSMC. 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.​​​​

​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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Denis Galava, PhD​

Dr. Galava is a full-time faculty member at GSMC and an interdisciplinary scholar who studies the intricate intersections of media, culture and social transformation. His research spotlights key areas that influence societal narratives. At present, Dr Galava's primary focus is on dissecting how political figures use digital media to communicate directly with voters, and the impact this has on political and social discourses. He has extensively written and researched on the nexus of media, elections and violence, offering comprehensive insights into these critical junctures. His passion for gendered communication is evidenced through his analyses exploring the media's portrayal of 'taboo' subjects such as abortion, homosexuality and comprehensive sexuality education. He also has a keen interest in exploring the transformative potential of generative AI within newsroom cultures, and how it could reshape news production and consumption in Africa. His interests further extend to sustainable journalism, the dynamics of popular culture, and health and science advocacy. Dr Galava brings a wealth of experiential knowledge to his academic endeavours. He was previously the managing editor of Kenya's largest newspapers – The Daily Nation and The Standard – and a global media relations and advocacy director at the African Wildlife Foundation. Most recently, he was a strategic communications consultant with the World Bank. He holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA in Peace Studies from Coventry University and a B.Ed (Arts) from Kenyatta University.

His published work includes:​

  • ​​​Karuti, Kanyinga and Galava, Denis. “Dying to Win: Interrogating the Kenya 2022 presidential election dispute and outcome", Journal of East African Studies (2024 forthcoming).

  • Galava, Denis. 2020. “The Role of Traditional Media." The Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics. 1st ed. Oxford University Press. Web
  • Galava, Denis. 2019. “From Whispers to the Assemblage: Surveillance in post-Independence East Africa" in Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony (Eds.) Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Censorship and Security. London: Zed Books
  • Galava, Denis. 2018. “From Watchdogs to Hostages of Peace: The Kenyan Press and the 2013 General Election" in News making Cultures in Africa, ed. H. Mabweazara, 313–334. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Galava, Denis. 2015. “From Watchdog to Hostages of Peace: The Kenyan Media and the 2013 General Election" in Otieno, Fred (ed,) New Constitution, Same Old Challenges: Reflections of Kenya's 2013 General Election. Nairobi: Society for International development/Uraia Trust
  • Galava, Denis. 2011. “Review: Birth of a Nation: The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya", African Affairs, 110 (439)

Caroline Kiarie, PhD​

Dr. Kiarie is a full-time faculty at GSMC and a communications professional with over 20 years' experience in both academia and industry. An able manager having worked with global teams in financial services, conference management, communication agency, and academia. She strongly believes in collaborative efforts to drive goal attainment in organizations and understands how to motivate others to work well together.​

Her areas of expertise are corporate communication, interpersonal communication, public relations, and social media. She has worked and trained with several organizations in Kenya, South Africa, and the USA in strategic communication, soft skills, and public speaking. As a communication liaison, she has worked for international organizations with an interest in Kenya. Dr. Kiarie has researched and written papers on social topics that have been published and presented at conferences in different parts of the world. Her peer-reviewed publications are on colorism and Twitter conversations in Kenya, students' perceptions of online collaborative learning, and university crises. She is currently working on ICT in higher learning institutions and, the utilization of AI by Public Relations professionals.  

Before joining GSMC, Dr. Kiarie served as an assistant professor in Strategic Communication at USIU-Africa. She has been an adjunct faculty and lecturer at Daystar University, Kenya Methodist University, and Co-operative University of Kenya, instructing both undergraduate and graduate students in theories and concepts of communications covering such topics as market research, communication strategies, interpersonal communication, social media, public speaking, communication skills, consumer behavior and persuasion, public relations, corporate communication, communication and advertising, community development, communication and culture, communication and conflict management and organizational communication among others. She has also supervised, advised, and examined graduate students, and trained and mentored other professionals in the writing and research of theses and dissertations.

She holds a PhD in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), a Master of Science degree in Communications and Marketing from Franklin University (USA), and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). She is a member of Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK), East Africa Communication Association (EACA), South African Communication Association (SACOMM), and International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She also recently received certificates on designing and improving online courses by Quality Matters.


Henry Kibira

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.​

​Marion Njoki

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 ​

​Alykhan Peermohamed

Alykhan is the Training Manager 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. ​​

Sanday Ogesa

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.  ​​

Daniel Mwangi 

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)​​

Hesbon Owilla 

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 Githaiga 

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  ​

Clare Mogere 

Clare is the Interim Director 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