Prof E.N. Gicheru

/Prof E.N. Gicheru

Prof. E.N. Gicheru

DVC (Finance Planning and Administration)

,She is an Associate Professor in Cooperative Management and Organization Development

 

Esther Gicheru is an Associate Professor in Cooperative Management and Organization Development at the Co-operative University of Kenya. She is a doctorate degree holder in Organization Development and Transformation.

Prof. Gicheru attended the University of Nairobi where she studied Agriculture.  She holds a master degree in Co-operative Management and Organization Development at Leicester University, United Kingdom and wrote her doctorate from Cebu Doctors’ University, The Philippines.  She has a Diploma in Counseling Psychology of Tangaza University College. 

Her career started in 1976 as a Co-operative Officer in Kenya’s Ministry of Co-operative Development and Marketing serving in various capacities before moving to The Co-operative College of Kenya as its Principal in 1988 under the Ministry of Co-operative Development and Marketing, rose to Director of The Co-operative College of Kenya when it became a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency.  She was, in August 2012 appointed as acting Principal of The Co-operative University College of Kenya.

She has coordinated successful implementation of many training programs both nationally and internationally.  Her research work spans co-operative management, co-operative policy, gender issues in co-operatives and incorporation of co-operative training in higher education curricula. 

Prof. Gicheru in recognition of her contribution to the co-operative movement worldwide received the most respected international award, The Rochadale Pioneers’ Award (RPA) in 2007.

Her remarkable contribution to the Co-operative Movement in Kenya has earned her two presidential awards; Head of State Commendations (HSC) IN 2008 and the   Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) in 2016.