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About Prof Ngaira

Professor Josephine Ngaira, a Full Professor of Geography (Climatology) has been a University lecturer for twenty-seven (27) years. She has published four (4) University level books, seven (7) book chapters, sixty-five (65) journal articles and given fifteen (15) keynote lectures besides presenting forty-two (42) papers in the areas of Climate change, Environmental Science and Geography. She is a member of eight (8) Professional Bodies including SIGMA XI, Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) and International Geographic Union (IGU) . She is also the Chairperson of Professors Forum (MMUST), Fellow of Kenya National Academy of Sciences (FKNAS), Full Member of the Scientific Research Honors Society SIGMA XI, President/Chairperson of the International Geographic Union (IGU) Kenya Chapter and Founding Director of the School of Environment and Earth Sciences (SEES), Maseno University.

She has organized over fifteen (15) International Conferences, supervised to completion thirty-one (31) post graduate students, developed seven (7) Bachelor’s and four (4) Master’s degree programs. She is an expert reviewer to the fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) IPCC-Assessment Reports and Head of Geography Department (2002-2004). Professor Ngaira has been the Chief Editor of Maseno Journal of Education, Arts and Science (MJEAS), Chairperson of Maseno University Tender and Procurement Committee for six (6) years, founding Dean School of Environment and Earth Sciences, Maseno University (2005-2012) and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (2013-2018).  

Prof. Ngaira has been the Chairperson, Board of Governors at Sang’alo Institute of Science and Technology for five (5) years and Chairperson, Universities Joint Students Admission Board- Gender Affirmative Action for three (3) years. She was Visiting Professor in GIS and Geography at Darlana University, Sweden (2009), invited examiner in Geography and GIS at Stockholm University, Sweden (2004).

She is listed on the IAP website (  among the authors and readers of the book, “ The Grand Challenge of Water Security in Africa” which contains recommendations to Policymakers-2011.

Prof. Ngaira is listed among fifteen (15) African Women in Science who are setting an example for young girls. Her achievement as a member of the SIGMA XI Scientific Research Honor Society and International Geographical Union can be found at

In 2014-2016, the renowned scholar successfully wrote and developed 11 key academic policies and strategies for University academic sector management which are being used in many public Universities in Kenya. They include ‘The Research policy’, ‘The conference funding policy’, ‘The examination retake policy for students’, ‘The talent scholarship policy’, ‘The examination invigilation policy’, ‘The Chaplaincy policy’ and many others. Her journal publications are globally recognized and have been cited a total of one thousand four hundred and fourteen (1414) times by researchers and authors. Notably, Prof. Ngaira was the first scholar in Kenya to graduate with a Ph.D. degree in Climatology in 1999. She has supervised to completion three (3) PhD and four (4) masters in the field of Climatology.

Josephine Ngaira’s achievements

Professor Josephine Ngaira is an internationally recognized authority on Climatology and Climate Change and the 1st scholar in Kenya to write and publish a textbook on ‘Concepts in Contemporary Climatology’. She is also listed on the IAP website as an expert author on Climate Change and Health in Africa.  

She is climate expert on the Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP) Project on ‘Climate Change and Health in Africa’ (2019-2021), where she researched and authored the listed chapters: (1) Climate Change and Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa, (2) Effects of Droughts on Health in Africa, (3) Impact of Climate Caused Locust Invasion on Food Security in Kenya, (4) Hydro-meteorological Disaster Impacts on Eastern Africa. These chapters formed a discussion topic at COP 26 in Glasgow in 2021.

In 2020, after a rigorous competition, Prof. Josephine Ngaira was listed on the ‘African Scientists Directory’ available at Prof. Josephine Ngaira’s publications were globally recognized, and she was awarded the prestigious Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) ID Number  

In 2019, Prof. Ngaira represented Africa as an Expert Climate Change panelist at the 22nd United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development - Geneva. Her topic was ‘The role of science, technology, and innovation in building resilient communities, including through the contribution of citizen science’. In May 2021, Prof. Ngaira successfully competed for the position of ‘Fellow of Kenya National Academy of Sciences’(FKNAS).

In November 2021, Professor Ngaira was a keynote speaker on the theme ‘Climate Change Education: The Road to Sustainable Development’ during the Virtual International STEMEIC Conference. She is a member of the ‘University Management Board’, and the Honorary Treasurer and Executive at the Governing Council of Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS).

mmustngaira2Prof. Ngaira delivers a keynote speech during the STEMEIC 2021 Conference


The renowned Professor has received Twenty-three (23) awards in form of Recognition Certificates in research, Conference Organization, Environmental Conservation, Disaster Risk Mitigation, and Academic Excellence. Prof. Josephine Ngaira is recognized as ‘One of Africa's Leading Voices for Women in Science’.

In honor of her leadership and outstanding professional achievements, IARC granted Prof. Ngaira perpetual rights to use the emblem “Scientist of the Year 2021 Winner”. She also received a high-quality Certificate of Recognition with a QR-code linking to her personal web page as the ‘Scientist of the Year 2021 Winner’ on their website. Prof. Ngaira’s name has been announced on IARC social media platforms (  This will go a long way in promoting and highlighting her accomplishments and maximizing the visibility of her works and achievements at international level. Among the privileges that come with the title, Prof. Ngaira has been given the rights to publish informational and scientific articles in the ‘International Tribune’ section on the IARC official website free of charge. 

“Studying plenty of nominations received from different countries of the world for the ‘Scientist of the Year 2021’, Open International Competition, our international experts and the Judging Committee have thoroughly evaluated the potential and track record of each candidate, as well as the scientific value and impact of his/her works on the modern world and human being. The impressive accomplishments that you have been demonstrating over the years, along with your commitment to excellence inspired us to recognize you as a Winner 2021 in the ‘Natural Sciences/Earth and Environmental Sciences/Physical Geography’ competition category. Congratulations on winning! We appreciate your participation in the 2021 competition and hope to see you among the winners in the coming years as well. We wish you continued success and all the best in your future endeavors!” read the congratulatory letter.

Prof. Ngaira’s recognition as ‘Scientist of the Year 2021 Winner’ has not only catapulted MMUST into the realm of global giants in the world of Science but also confirmed the institution’s identity as a University of Science and Technology. MMUST is proud of Prof. Josephine Ngaira and her accomplishments.

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