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Prof. Isaiah I.C. Wakindiki

Position/Status

Vice Chancellor & CEO

E-mail Address

vc@kca.ac.ke

Academic Qualification

  • PGD (Higher Education & Training) 2010 to 2013, University of Fort Hare
  • PhD in Soil Science: (Soil physics) 1997 to 2001, Egerton University
  • MSc in Soil Science (Soil physics) 1991 to 1993, University of Nairobi
  • BSc in Agriculture Honours: 1988 to 1991, University of Nairobi

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • Soil Science Society of South Africa

Profile

Professor Wakindiki is the Vice Chancellor & CEO of KCA University. He is Professor of Soil Science with over twenty-eight (28)  years of  teaching & research experience, nineteen (19) of which he has served at senior level in University Management. He holds a PhD in Soil Science, MSc in Soil Science, BSc in Agriculture and a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education & Training.

He is an accomplished scholar with a proven track record evidenced by over eight-two(82) publications in high impact refereed journals, books and proceedings. He has successfully supervised over forty-two (42) postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD levels and examined many thesis and research projects.

Prof. Wakindiki is passionate about research and has forty-nine (49) research funded projects to his credit, several consultancies and grants e.g from the USAID-CDR programme (2002 – 2007 ) and the International Foundation for Science (IFS) of Stockholm (2006). He mobilized resources to the tune of Euros 700,000 for Egerton university infrastructure in 2002. He won the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Researcher award in 2012 at the University of Fort Hare and in 2017 at the University of Venda. Previously he was the Research Professor at the University of Venda, Research Team Manager for natural resources at the Agricultural Research Council, Professor and Head of Agronomy Department at the university of Fort Hare in South Africa. He also served for many years as Senior lecturer at Egerton University, Kenyatta University, and the Technical University of Kenya (Then Kenya Polytechnic).

He served as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) of the State of Israel – Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences. He has been a consultant with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD/USAID) where he analyzed the capacity of public, private and non-governmental organizations as well as regional and international research and development research in Kenya to deploy draught tolerant high yielding crop varieties through research.

Our VC & CEO is a member of Soil Science Society of South Africa, South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and Resource person at the Kenya National Qualifications Authority. He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa and the current Chairman , University Council at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science & Technology (JOOUST).

Selected Publications: Books, Refereed publications & Non Refereed publications

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  1. Malobane ME, AD Nciizah, FN Mudau and IIC Wakindiki. 2021. Soil Microstructure as Affected by Tillage, Rotation and Residue Management in a Sweet Sorghum-Based Cropping System in soils with low organic carbon content in South Africa. Soil & Tillage Research. 209,104972 https://doi.org/110.1016/j.still.2021.104972
  2. Malobane ME, Nciizah AD, FN Mudau and IIC Wakindiki. 2020. Soil Organic Carbon and Labile Carbon Pools Attributed by Tillage, Crop Residue and Crop Rotation Management in Sweet Sorghum Cropping System. Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9782; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229782
  3. Malobane ME, AD Nciizah, P Nyambo, FN Mudau and IIC Wakindiki. 2020. Microbial Biomass Carbon and Enzyme Activities as Influenced by Tillage, Rotation and Residue Management in a Sweet Sorghum Cropping System in Marginal Soils of South Africa. Heliyon 6:11, 2020. e05513 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05513.
  4. Malobane ME, AD Nciizah, FN Mudau and IIC Wakindiki. 2020. Tillage, Crop Rotation and Residue Management Effects on Nutrient Availability in a Sweet Sorghum Based Cropping System in Marginal Soils of South Africa. Agronomy 2020, 10(6), 776; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10060776.
  5. Nciizah AD, Rapetsoa MC, Wakindiki IIC and Zerizghy MG. 2020. Micronutrient seed priming improves maize (Zea mays) early seedling growth in a micronutrient deficient soil. Heliyon 6: 8, 2020, e04766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04766
  6. Waswa F, Chemutai R, Mwamburi M and Wakindiki IIC. 2020. Soil Properties and Fertility Management within Ruiru Peri-Urban Area in Kiambu County, Kenya. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management. 24: 839-844. https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jasem.v24i5.17.
  7. golozeli S, Nciizah AD, Wakindiki IIC and Mudau FN. 2020. Innovative pro-smallholder farmer’s permanent mulch for better soil quality and food security under conservation
    agriculture: A review. Agronomy 10: 605; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10040605
  8. Mochache M, Yegon R and Wakindiki IIC. 2020. Market Town Household Solid Waste Management: A Case Study of Embu, Kenya. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental
    Management. 24: 105-109. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jasem.v24i1.13.
  9. Siyabulela S, Tefera S, Wakindiki I and Keletso M. 2019. Comparison of grass and soil conditions around water points in different land use systems in semi-arid South African
    rangelands and implications for management and current rangeland paradigms. Arid Land Research and Management. 34: 207-230. https://doi.org/10.1080/15324982.2019.1670279.
  10. Mashapa EM, Nciizah AD, Mudau FN and Wakindiki IIC. 2019. Discrimination of soil aggregates using micro-focus X-ray computed tomography in a five-year-old no-till natural fallow and conventional tillage in South Africa. Heliyon 5: e01819
  11. Mashapa EM, Nciizah AD, Wakindiki IIC and Mudau FN. 2018. Sustainable production of sweet sorghum for biofuel production through conservation agriculture in South Africa. Food and Energy Security. doi.org/10.1002/fes3.129.
  12. Wakindiki IIC and Njeru SK. 2017. Tillage effects on aggregateassociated organic carbon in some quartz dominated South African soils. South African Journal of Plant and Soil. 34:
    239-242.
  13. Prince PC and Wakindiki IIC. 2016. Implication of tillage and soil mineralogy on the setting and sieving efficiency of 0200 FILTRA electromagnetic sive shaker. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 47: 2168-2177.
  14. Njaimwe AN, Mnkeni PNS, Chiduza C, Muchaonyerwa P and Wakindiki IIC. 2016. Tillage and crop rotation effects on carbon sequestration and aggregate stability in two contrasting soils at the Zanyokwe Irrigation Scheme, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. South African Journal of Soil and Plant. 33: 317–324.
  15. Nciizah AD and Wakindiki IIC. 2016. Physical crust formation and steady state infiltration rate in soils dominated by primary minerals in some South African ecotopes. South African Journal of Soil and Plant. 33: 43-50.
  16. Nciizah AD and Wakindiki IIC. 2015. Climate smart agriculture: achievements and prospects in Africa. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection. 3: 99-105.
  17. Nyambo P and Wakindiki IIC. 2015. Water footprint of growing vegetables in selected smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa. Water SA 41:571-578.
  18. Nciizah AD and Wakindiki IIC. 2015. Soil sealing and crusting effects on infiltration rate: a critical review of shortfalls in prediction models and solutions. Archives of Agronomy and
    Soil Science. 61:1211-1230.
  19. Nciizah AD and Wakindiki IIC. 2015. Physical Indicators of Soil Erosion, Aggregate Stability and Erodibility. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science. 61: 827-842.
  20. Nciizah AD and Wakindiki IIC. 2014. Aggregate stability and breakdown mechanisms as affected by organic matter in soils dominated by primary minerals. South African Journal of Soil and Plant. 31: 213-218.

Conferences & Chapters

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  1. 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2020. South-South cooperation forum on food security and agrobiodiversity in
    times of covid-19 and climate change (virtual). Organized by United Nations Environment
    Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with Global alliance for the future of the food, ICIMOD,
    IFAD, IFPRI and UN women
  2. 13th Nov 2020. The virtual inception mission on Young Africa Work (YAW-K-TVET_02) Project.
    Kenya National Qualifications Authority, Nairobi Kenya.
  3. 28th to 29th Oct 2020. The 3rd Biennial Conference on Higher Education (Virtual).
    Commission of University Education, Kenya.
  4. 24th Sept 2020. Virtual Validation and Launch of the KNQA Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Kenya
    National Qualifications Authority, Nairobi Kenya.
  5. 15th Jul 2020. Virtual Workshop to Validate Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) System.
    Kenya National Qualifications Authority, Nairobi Kenya.
  6. 19th to 21st Jun 2018. 1st Pan African international research congress on knowledge
    generation and dissemination. Kisumu, Kenya.
  7. 12th to 13th Dec 2017. Universities and Climate Change: The Role of Climate Change Research
    and Projects in Fostering Climate Action. Goodenough College, UK.
  8. 26th to 27th Sept 2017. Limpopo research forum seminar held at R40 conference Hall,
    University of Limpopo, South Africa.
  9. 31st Jan to 2nd Feb 2017. AFRHINET – Symposium on RainwaterSmart Management in Sub-Saharan
    Africa. Nairobi, Kenya.
  10. 30th May to 2nd Jun 2016. The international conference on conservation agriculture and
    sustainable land use. Budapest, Hungary.
  11. 17th to 24th Oct, 2015. The 9th international symposium on plantsoil interactions at low
    pH. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  12. 22nd – 28th Jun 2014. Agricultural research connections workshop organised by the Bill &
    Melinda Gates Foundation at the BecA-ILRI Hub, Nairobi, Kenya.
  13. 20th to 25th Oct 2013. The joint 27th Soil Science Society of East Africa and 6th Africa
    Soil Science Society Conference, at Cathay Hotel, Nakuru-Kenya.
  14. 10th to 20th Sept 2013. Developing E-Learning Content for Practical Field Work. Blue Post
    Hotel. Thika, Kenya.
  15. 22nd Jun to 2nd Jul 2013. Developing E-Learning Content for Practical Field Work.
    German-Kazakh University. Kazakhstan.
  16. 8th to 9th May 2012. Gender Mainstreaming Workshop, University of Fort Hare. South Africa.
  17. 23rd to 24th Apr, 2012. SANPAD writing policy briefs workshop. Elangeni Hotel Durban, SA.
  18. 12th to 16th Mar, 2012. 36th Annual Conference of Soil Science Society of Nigeria,
    University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
  19. 16th to 19th Jan 2012. Combined Congress. North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus,
    South Africa.
  20. 12th to 15th Jul 2011. African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) Conference and general
    assembly Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Research Grants

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  1. 2018. Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. 2018. National Research Foundation (NRF). KIC-African African Engagement Funding. R27000.
  3. 2018. UCDP (DHET) grant. R51064
  4. 2017. National Research Foundation (NRF). Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers. R 40000.
  5. 2017. University of Venda Vice Chancellor’s Senior Researcher Award R50000.
  6. 2017. University of Venda Competitive Research Funding. R250000
  7. 2016. National Research Foundation (NRF). Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers. R 40000.
  8. 2015. National Research Foundation (NRF). Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers. R 40000.
  9. 2014. National Research Foundation (NRF). Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers. R 40000.
  10. 2014. National Research Foundation (NRF). Africa engagement funds. R 27000.
  11. 22nd – 28th Jun 2014. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to attend the Agricultural Research
    Connections workshop at the BecA-ILRI
    Hub, Nairobi, Kenya. (US$ 2500)
  12. 6th to 14th Jun 2014. Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre, UFH. South Africa.
    Travel grant to attend the 20th World Congress of Soil Science in Jeju, South Korea. (Rand
    45000).
  13. 20th to 25th Oct 2013. National Research Foundation (T070) travel grant to attend the joint
    27th Soil Science Society of East Africa and 6th Africa Soil Science Society Conference, at
    Cathay Hotel, Nakuru-Kenya
  14. 10th to 20th Sept 2013. German Academic Exchange Programme travel grant to attend the DAAD
    Developing E-Learning Content for Practical Field Work. Blue Post Hotel, Thika Kenya.
  15. 22nd Jun to 2nd Jul 2013. German Academic Exchange Programme travel grant to attend the
    DAAD Developing ELearning Content for Practical Field Work. German-Kazakh University.
    Kazakhstan.
  16. 18th May 2012. University of Fort Hare Vice Chancellor’s Senior Researcher Award 2012
    Medal.
  17. 23rd to 24th Apr, 2012. SANPAD writing policy briefs workshop. Elangeni Hotel Durban, SA.
  18. Jan 2012. National Research Foundation (SA) Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration. Travel
    and Scientific grant T169 to Nssuka, Nigeria. ($2300).
  19. 12th to 15th Jul 2011. DAAD/GMRDC/UFH. Travel grant to attend the 3rd African Council for
    Distance Education (ACDE) Conference and general assembly Open University of Tanzania, Dar
    es Salaam, Tanzania. (US$ 2500).
  20. 13th to 19th Mar 2011. Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre, UFH. South Africa.
    Travel grant to attend the Lake and Catchment Research Symposium: “Water, Sanitation and
    Energy for Sustainable Livelihoods at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. (US$ 2500).
Prof. Isaiah I.C. Wakindiki
vc@kca.ac.ke