, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Leading businessman Dr. Chris Kirubi has been appointed to the Africa Advisory Board at Havard University Center for African Studies for a period of three years.
The Africa Advisory Board brings together business people, entrepreneurs, public servants, academic leaders, and cultural figures to help the Center for African Studies determine research priorities and advise on policy relevance.
Members of the Africa Advisory Board also serve as ambassadors for Center for African Studies opening doors for fund-raising and assisting the Center as it seeks to build an extensive network in Africa that facilitates faculty and student research and placement.
Membership to the Board provides members with an opportunity to be part of the extraordinary community of scholars and students dedicated to the study of Africa at Harvard University.
The Havard University Center for African Studies is recognized and funded as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education and works together with Harvard’s Department of African and African-American Studies to provide instruction in some forty African languages, more than any other American university.
Kirubi was in 2012 appointed to the Harvard University Global Advisory Council alongside other individuals from Africa.
The business leader received the honorary appointment from the institution’s president to advise him on how best to pursue Harvard’s global strategy in the region.
The study of Africa has a long history at Harvard beginning nearly fifty years ago, in 1969 where a Committee on African Studies was created to coordinate teaching and research interests in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and across the professional schools.
More recently, in 2014, the Harvard University Center for African Studies (CAS) was formally established to carry on this mission and further deepen and broaden the scope and scale of work on Africa-related subjects in all disciplines and schools.