Key Personel Consultants
Qdata Consult and Wellness Ltd has the capacity to assemble the team needed for each assignment. In an individual capacity, each of our personnel is involved in various research and consultancy assignments. The profiles of the key personnel are outlined below:
Prof. Abraham Waithima
Prof Abraham Waithima holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is the Director of Daystar Leadership and Professional Development Institute and is an Associate Professor of Economics at Daystar University. Prof Waithima has held the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Kigali, Rwanda. As the Vice Chancellor, he chaired the Senate, Management Board, Finance, and Human Resource sub-committee and was Secretary to the University Council. As the VC, Prof Waithima led the restructuring of the finance and human resource functions of the University and the formulation of the University’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. He has consulted for several organizations including GIZ, IUCEA, APHRC, Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Stafford International University in Juba, Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), TJRC/UNDP, FHI360, MESPT, Practical Action, Compassion International and Farm Concern International, among others. Prof Waithima has recently completed a project with the IUCEA titled “Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education, its business implication and proposed recovery strategy”. The project objectives were to: Identify the varied responses to the COVID-19 pandemic at the institutional, national, and regional levels, assess the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on higher education activities within the EAC region, develop strategies for mitigating the impact of the pandemic in the short, medium, and long terms. Prof Waithima is the Board Chairman for Daystar Institute of Disability Studies. He is a member of the Academic and Student life committee of the Africa International University (AIU) Council. He is a member of the council for Starford International University College in Juba. At Daystar University, Prof Waithima has played several key roles including being a member of the Senate, Management Board, Council, and job evaluation committee. Prof Waithima has consulted widely in the areas of Leadership, Change Management, Corporate Governance, Conflict Management, Strategic formulation, and implementation among others. Prof Waithima is the Managing Director of QData Consultant & Wellness Limited
Dr. Philemon Yugi
Dr. Philemon Yugi is public health and development specialist with over 20 years of experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, digital information systems, research, gender, rights-based approach, capacity building, and provision of technical support in emergency and development programs, working in the United Kingdom and African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. Dr. Yugi has also led several studies and evaluations in the region on health, development, and emergencies. He was also a core team member in the development of civil society institutional strengthening standards and assessment tools in Kenya through USAID funded FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project and has managed projects funded by USAID, EU, SIDA, UN/WFP, CIDA, and Foundations. He is a highly organized and enthusiastic professional with the ability to prioritize effectively to complete multiple tasks and complete projects within defined timeframes under pressure. Dr. Yugi also teaches postgraduate courses in public health, monitoring and evaluation, and development in Kenyan universities. He is skilled at developing cooperative relations and teaming agreements with key project/program partners using cultural context understanding, and effective communication and negotiation skills. He has extensive experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative field-based research. Dr. Yugi holds a Master of Public Health degree and Doctor of Organization Development and Transformation and is also the Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation at Benaphil Consultants. He is a senior researcher with Qdata Consult and Wellness Ltd.
Dr. Martha W. Kiarie
Dr. Kiarie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health with an emphasis on Public Health & Medical Entomology from Kosin University, Busan South Korea. Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled: The dynamics of mosquito control, personal protection, and manipulations of physical parameters against vector mosquitoes; Culex pippiens complex and Ochlerotatus togoi (Diptera: Culicidae). She also wrote a thesis entitled: The factors that influence swarming, food palatability, plant food choice and reproduction in the African Desert Locus, Schistocerca, gregaria, Forskal. She is an expert in vector-borne diseases including but not limited to; Malaria, Leishmaniasis, and West Nile fever (Dengue fever). Martha has worked extensively on the control and management of vectors of human diseases and the relationship of their spread to climatic change with a specific interest in Africa and Asia. Dr. Kiarie has over 20 years of experience in university teaching, research, and administration. She is widely published in international peer-refereed journals and has presented her work in many countries such as Korea, Japan, and India among others. She has published a book entitled, “The dynamics of mosquito control with special emphasis on Africa”. Dr. Kiarie is currently the coordinator of a team of researchers from Daystar University and KEMRI working on a three-year project on the control of Leishmaniasis including the socio-economic burden of the disease on the residents of Marigat district of Baringo county, Kenya. Dr. Kiarie is also leading a team of researchers from Daystar University, Laikipia University, Technical University of Kenya, and KEMRI to carry out research entitled: Determination of heavy metals pollution in wastewater channels in Nairobi’s Industrial area in Kenya, using Culex spp mosquito larvae as bio-indicators. She has ongoing research in Kirinyaga county on the spread of mosquitoes; the malaria vectors along the river tributaries to the highland and the resultant spread of malaria to the cool highlands in Central Kenya. Dr. Kiarie is currently the dean of the School of Science Engineering and Health of Daystar University; one of the fastest-growing schools in the university. Dr. Kiarie is a senior researcher with Qdata Consult and Wellness Ltd.
Dr. Charity Waithima
Charity Wangui Waithima holds a PhD. in Clinical Psychology, M. A. Counselling Psychology, and Bachelor of Education (BEd. Science). She is a highly motivated practicing Psychotherapist and trainer with diverse Clinical and counseling skills, training, Research, assessment, and administration experience. She is a consultant in Mental Health, Life skills, and School behavior management. Dr. Waithima is also a certified professional mediator accredited by the Kenya Judiciary. Dr. Waithima has published articles in peer-refereed journals and published a book on adolescent substance use prevention and book chapters. Dr. Waithima’s research interest is in Neuropsychology, Family therapy, Child and adolescents’ behavior, and Psychoactive Substances Use Prevention. She uses life skills training to empower children and adolescents towards positive behavior. Dr. Waithima has also been involved in mental health awareness and therapy at various levels with families, groups, and individuals for over 15 years. As an educator, she has taught both at the High school and University levels for over 30 years. She supervises postgraduate thesis at both master’s and Ph.D. levels. She is currently an Assistant professor of Psychology at the United States International University- Africa. She is the founder and lead consultant at the Lifespring wellness services centre which offers Psychological and Educational Assessment, Adolescent and Family Therapy, and Life Skills Training. Dr. Waithima is a member of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association, the Kenya Psychological Association, and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP).
Prof. M.D. Kinoti
Dr. M.D. Kinoti is a tenured Professor of Nonprofit Management in the Anderson College of Business & Computing at Regis University, Denver – Colorado. He teaches graduate courses in International Community Development, Global Poverty, Social Entrepreneurship, and Peacebuilding/Conflict Resolution for Leaders.
Kinoti holds several advanced degrees including a PhD in Peacebuilding, an MA in Social Innovation and Development, an MA in Intercultural Studies, and a Bachelors in Sociology. He has over 25 years of professional experience in community development and leadership development. Before coming to Regis, he worked with several International NGOs including World Vision International in rural and urban community development in East Africa; with the United Methodist Church in youth and community development in Los Angeles; and with Lifewater International in global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs. He is a current Board member of several NGOs including Farm Concern International, Centura Health St. Anthony’s Foundation, and Lifewater International. Dr. Kinoti is a Rotarian and has been part of the Rotary International Cadre of Technical Experts for the last 4 years.
Dr Kinoti is an associate consultant with Qdata Consult and Wellness Ltd.
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Godfrey Kibuchi Gichuki
Mr. Gichuki holds an MBA from The University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Strategic Management. He has over twenty-five years of rich experience in market development, strategic planning and implementation, institutional leadership, human resource development, financial management, alliance building and networking, project management, training, and mentorship. Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and has worked with both public and private sector, and local development agencies dealing with micro, small and medium enterprises in driving sustainable economic development. He enjoys being part of, as well as managing, motivating, and training successful and productive teams and thrives in developing solutions to complex problems through the application of innovative business models and technology. Mr. Gichuki’s core competencies include strategic planning and implementation, leadership and change management, program/project management, performance management, development consultancy, creative writing, research and academic teaching, organizational development training, communication and partnership development, personal development, and career coaching. He has facilitated management development training for Daystar University, Family Bank, Faulu Bank, Nairobi Hospital, Kenya Institute of Professionals College (KIPs), SGR Project Staff Development programs, Safaricom, Henkel Chemicals, Heri Homes, Glory Christian Church (GCC) Nanyuki, Redeemed Gospel Church, Ndandora among others. Mr. Gichuki is the Managing Partner of Enterprise Development Associates Ltd and an associate consultant with Qdata Consult and Wellness Ltd.
Dr. Jane Ngure
Dr. Ngure holds a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from Egerton University. A Master of arts in Counselling Psychology from Daystar University and a bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University. She is a practicing Counselor with diverse experience in training in such areas as Gender Based Violence (GBV), Trauma Assessment and Intervention, Family Therapy, and Basic Counselling skill. Dr. Ngure is an accredited counselor supervisor, International Certified Addiction Professional 1 (ICAP 1), and a Certified Professional Mediator. She is also a trained life coach. Dr, Ngure is the dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Africa Nazarene University and a seasoned lecturer in the psychology department. She is a member of the Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association (KCPA), Kettil Bruun Society (KBS), and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP). Dr. Ngure has a research interest in substance and other addictive behaviors as well as E-therapy. She has published several papers in refereed journals and written several manuals on counselor supervision, E-therapy, and other psychology-related areas.
Dr. Samuel Ojuade
Dr. Samuel Ojuade holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Daystar University, A master of Arts in Theological Studies from Ogbomoso University, Nigeria. He is a clinical psychologist providing psychological assessment, diagnosis, individual, group, and family therapy, case management services, referral, and follow-up to acute, chronic, or moderately mentally ill patients. He also offers consultation to private mental health facilities and/or agencies. He is an expert in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR). Dr. Ojuade has a research interest in suicide studies.
Joseph Nginya Kiiru
Joseph is a Consulting Counselling Psychologist. He holds an M.A in Psychology and Counselling and a B.A. in Psychology. He also has a Diploma in Psychological Counselling, marriage and family therapy, child and youth psychology/Counselling, a Certificate in TOT (TOF), HIV/AIDS management, and Drugs and Substance Use. He has been an adjunct faculty at Daystar and Africa Nazarene Universities. Mr. Nginya is a practicing counselor and a behavior change consultant dealing with family and youth. He also consults with several institutions of learning and organizations on matters of mental health.
Dr. Sheba Atieno Okumu
Dr. Okumu holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Daystar University and an Ongoing Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Kenyatta University, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Daystar University. She is certified as a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) from Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI), Tanzania, Trainer of Trainers UNDP/EVS, and a Diploma in Chemical Addiction Counseling from SAPTA Training Centre. She has also attended Short Courses in Clinical Supervision, Trauma Management, Loss and Grief Counseling and Peer Educators, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Counseling and Psychosocial Care for the HIV-infected Child, Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma and Burnout. DR. Okumu has over ten years of counseling practice with Advanced Practicum/Internship at Euphrasia Women’s Centre, Ngong sub-county hospital, International Medical Corps (IMC); Kibera D.O Health Centre, and Kamiti Health & Prisons Centre. She has also done Child Therapy and Adolescents practicum at Joram G.M Academy and Makini Schools. Advanced Internship at Ngong Sub County Hospital. She is a member of the Kenya Professional Counsellors Association (KAPC) and the Kenya Psychologists Association (KPA). Dr. Okumu is an associate therapist at Oasis Africa and a volunteer counselor at the Kenyatta Research Teaching and Referral National Hospital, UNDP/EVS, and CITAM churches, and a guidance and Counselling facilitator in Various Schools and Children’s Homes. She is also a part-time lecturer in various universities.