Prof. Michael Chege, a distinguished scholar in African development studies. He is the holder of a Ph.D (University of California at Berkeley), M.A (University of California at Berkeley) and a B.A (Honours) degree (University of Nairobi). He currently serves as an Advisor on International Development Policy, at the Ministry of Economic Planning and National Development, and as member of the National Economic and Social Council of Kenya, an advisory board to the Cabinet.
Prof. Chege’s has been the recipient of countless academic awards over the years. These include: The Rockefeller Foundation Competitive Archival Grant Research (1997), Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1994 -6), Rockefeller Foundation Reflections on Development Fellowship (1986-88), Ford Foundation Individual Research Grant (1988), The Gandhi Smarak Prize for the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi (1970), The Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, (1970-77). His state awards include: Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) of the Republic of Kenya (2007), for contributions in the development of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Document.
He has been a Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville; Director, Center of African Studies, University of Florida; Visiting Scholar, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Program Officer, Ford Foundation (New York); Senior Lecturer in Government and Research, Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya; and Visiting professor: Graduate School of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has sat in many boards in Africa and abroad. These include: Human Rights Watch-Africa (New York): Social Science Research Council (NY), Regional Advisory Panel for Africa; Social Science Research Council of UNESCO (1980-85);e Governance program of the Global Coalition for Africa; the Social Science Research Council Africa Program in New York; the Africa Program of the Brookings Institution; the Africa Program of the International Peace Academy in New York; Human Rights Watch-Africa (formerly Africa Watch); and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Program in Strengthening Human Resources in Developing Countries. Prof. Chege has also authored many articles and book chapters on African development problems, the African state and challenges of political change in the continent.