Key note speakers

prof_tariqProf. TARIQ S DURRANI

Research Professor
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow G1 1XW Scotland, UK.

Tariq Durrani was University Deputy Principal (2000-2006) with major responsibility for University-wide strategic developments in Computing/Information Technology Infra-structure, Entrepreneurship, Staff Development and Lifelong Learning. He joined Strathclyde as a Lecturer in 1976, was made Professor in 1982; Department Head (1990-1994) of one of the largest UK EEE Departments. He was Chair, Institute for Communications and Signal Processing (2006-2007), and Head, Centre of excellence in Signal and Image Processing (2008-2009). Currently he is Research Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde.

He has been Vice President (Natural Sciences 2007-2010), and is Vice President (International 2012-2013) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – the National Academy of Scotland; Council (Board) Member, Scottish Funding Council – which distributes $3.0 billion equivalent funding annually to universities and colleges. He was Director of the UK Government DTI Centre for Parallel Signal Processing (1989-1991), and the UK Research Council/DTI Scottish Transputer Centre (1991-1995) at Strathclyde.

He has held several Directorships in key organizations – public/private, national/international.

prof_mbithiProf. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi is the Vice-Chancellor, at the University of Nairobi and Professor of Veterinary Surgery, University Of Nairobi (UoN). Born in 1956, Prof. Mbithi graduated from the University of Nairobi (UoN) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) in 1983 and an MSc. in Clinical Studies in 1985. In 1987, Prof. Mbithi graduated with a Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc. Veterinary Anesthesiology Radiology and Surgery) from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Between 1986 and 1987, he did a Surgical Residency – Advanced Surgical Specialty Program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. In 1995, Prof. Mbithi completed his PhD at UoN. Between 1995 and 2003 he was Chairman, Department of Clinical Studies, in 2003 he was elected as the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine until he was appointed as the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences in 2004.  In 2005 he was competitively appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, a position he held until 2015. He was appointed the Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi January 6, 2015. He has supervised MSc students and PhD students and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of several professional organizations. Clinical veterinary medicine and orthopeadic surgery, wounding and traumatology with special interest in lameness, joint surgery and athritides are some of Prof. Mbithi research interests.