Dr. Kevit Desai is the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Vocational and Technical Training (TVET) in the Ministry of Education. He is the Chairman of the Social and Political Pillar of the Vision 2030 Board Committee (2018) and a Trustee of KENET Board of Trustees (2018).
Kevit is also the Chairman of the Permanent Working Group on TVET in Kenya (PWG). He has championed private sector, TVET, government and development partner linkages, towards transformation of Kenya’s technical and vocational training platform. The PWG initiative is promoting continuous communication, common agenda and cross sector coordination throughout different stakeholder networks.
He served as a Governor, Director and CEO of Kenya Private Sector Alliance and a former Commissioner of the Commission for Higher Education. As a Task Force Member of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Desai was responsible for the development of the University Act; Science, Technology and Innovation Act; and Technical, Vocational Education and training (TVET) Act of Parliament. This was a culmination of 15 years of his involvement in all the sessional papers, policy documents and strategies for skills, education and research.
He is also founder and former Managing Director of Centurion Systems Limited, and he holds a PhD in Robotics Systems Engineering. Dr. Desai also served as an Industrial Automation Development Engineer at Nippon ABS Ltd in Tochigi, Japan, and is a master trainer in automation and drive technologies.
Dr. Desai is also the founding Chairman of Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA), Chairman of Council, Technical University of Mombasa (TUM), and Chairman of The Board of Governors – Karen Technical Training Institute for the Deaf (KTTID). He is also Chairman of the Board of Young Scientists Kenya. Dr. Desai stepped down from Centurion Systems, LIWA, TUM and KTTID after his appointment to the Ministry of Education in February 2018.
Prior to Kalamazoo College, Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran served as Professor of Education and Vice President and Dean of the College at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She also held teaching and administrative positions at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).
Her primary areas of scholarly interest are early child development and education in cultural context and she has published extensively in these areas. She served as a consultant for UNICEF (Nigeria) in the area of childcare and development and chaired a community-wide task force that developed a program to ensure that every four year old in Kalamazoo County has access to a high quality pre-kindergarten experience. Recognized for her expertise in the area of cultural diversity, Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran has worked with faculty in higher education and K-12 to improve educational outcomes for women and students from underrepresented groups.
She serves on the Advisory Board of the National Museum of African Art, and as trustee of Pomona College and the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran is past chair of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Council of Presidents and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Other prior board service includes the Council of Independent Colleges, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Bronson Healthcare Group, Southwest Michigan First, and United Way of Battle Creek Kalamazoo Region.
Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran has been accorded recognition for her leadership in higher education and her work on behalf of women and girls. She is a recipient of the 2016 Star Award from the Posse Foundation, 2011 Kalamazoo County YWCA Life Time Achievement Award, 2005 YWCA Forsyth County Woman of Vision Award; the Salvation Army Strong, Smart, Bold Award and the 1999 Gender Equity Architect Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher. Other acknowledgements include the Kent and the Ford Foundation national fellowships for graduate study, the Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship, and the Black Studies Center Visionary Leadership Award presented by the Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Office of Black Studies.
She obtained a B.A. in Sociology from Pomona College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the Claremont Graduate University.
President & CEO, Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc.
Carol Wallace is currently the president and & CEO of Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc. Carol Wallace & Associates provides a comprehensive array of facility management, organizational development, and operational consulting services to the hospitality industry. Previously, Ms. Wallace was the president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where she led the 2.6 million square foot bayside facility for over 24 years. She was responsible for the overall management and operation of the facility, oversaw a full-time and part-time staff of more than 420 and an annual budget that exceeded $33 million. Under her leadership, the San Diego Convention Center became one of the most successful global convention and meeting facilities advancing trade, tourism and collaboration across the U.S. and world.
Ms. Wallace has been a leader in advancing key policy and strategic initiatives for the industry over her 35 year career. She is a currently serving on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), a group responsible for advising the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on ways to strengthen the travel and tourism industry and expand economic opportunities for American businesses, including domestic job creation and visa waiver initiatives. Ms. Wallace recently completed service as the North American representative on the AIPC International Association of Congress Centres board of directors, advancing the work of convention and meeting facilities internationally. In September, Ms. Wallace joined the board of directors of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry.
Her other previous professional affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Convention Center Association (ICCA). From 2011-2012, she served on the board of trustees for the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Education Foundation and is a past board member of the International Association of Exhibition Management (IAEM).
Ms. Wallace’s leadership and dedication have earned her numerous industry and community accolades. In 2015, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award presented to an individual recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to both IAVM and the convention center industry. In 2014, Ms. Wallace was named Professional Achievement Supplier Honoree by the Professional Convention Management Association.
Ms. Wallace is a graduate of The Ohio State University, is married and the mother of three adult children.
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS
President of Howard University
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS was elected 17th President of Howard University in July 2014. Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Doctor of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. After fulfilling his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick began his academic career as associate director of the Cancer Center at University of Connecticut, where he also served on the Department of Surgery faculty.
Dr. Frederick has served as interim president, provost and chief academic officer, associate dean in the College of Medicine, division chief in the Department of Surgery, director of the Cancer Center, and deputy provost for Health Sciences, and he also earned a Master of Business Administration.
As a distinguished researcher and surgeon, Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials. He has also received numerous awards honoring his outstanding scholarship and service. In June 2014, Congress recognized him for his contributions in addressing health disparities among African Americans and historically underrepresented groups.
Dr. Frederick’s groundbreaking research and examination of the unconscious bias in academic medicine has been presented to scores of national and international audiences. His research findings recommend changes to pedagogy, curriculum reform, and inter-professional instruction. Through his experience as a scholar and an administrator, Dr. Frederick continues to support innovative solutions to further the mission of Howard University and support the success of its students.
Carole Kariuki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She has also pursued several professional courses on Public-Private Sector Dialogue, Global Leadership and Private Sector Development among others.
Ms. Kariuki has a wealth of experience in leadership having worked for Barclays Bank of Kenya, Nairobi Chapel and Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana, where she acted as a liaison between Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the institute before formally joining KEPSA.
She worked for several years at KEPSA before being appointed KEPSA CEO. Ms. Kariuki is credited for transforming KEPSA from a little known Business Institution to one of the most influential institutions in Kenya and Globally. KEPSA is the Apex body of the private sector in Kenya, galvanizing the private sector through public-private dialogue and influencing the economic and development agenda of the country and Africa.
She currently serves in several boards including:
• Board Member, Harvard University Center for African Studies, Africa Advisory Board
• University Council Member, Daystar University, Kenya
• Board of Trustees member, United States International University-Africa , Kenya
• Board Member, Business Advocacy Fund, Danish Embassy Kenya
• Board Member, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Board
• Board Member, The Center for Corporate Governance Board
• Council Member, The National Council of Administrative Justice (NCAJ)
• Board Member, Nairobi Innovation Lab (NAILAB) Board
She serves and has served in several task forces including the Presidential Task Force on Parastatals Sector Reforms in 2013.
She is a member of several professional bodies including, The Rotary Club of Langata, Kenya Institute of Management and Institute of Directors.
Ms. Kariuki has been recognized with several awards for her leadership and role in the development of the Private Sector including;
• Women Super Achiever Award, by World Women Leadership Congress and Awards 2017, India
• Ranked 14th and first Kenyan on the list of 100 Africans by Institut Choi- seul in the ‘Choiseul 100 Africa : Economic Leaders for Tomorrow 2015’
• Women Leadership Achievement Award 2015 by World Women Leadership Congress and Awards, India
• The International Advocacy Award 2014 by Institut Amadeus, Morocco
• The Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) 2012 and Heads of State Commendation (HSC) 2011 by President H.E Mwai Kibaki
• Top 40 Under 40 Women in Business Awards Kenya, 2011 and 2012 consecutively by The Business Daily, Kenya
• Contribution to Society Award by Nairobi Chapel 2011, Kenya
• Outstanding Role in Creating Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Business Growth by ILO Kenya Women Entrepreneurship Development 2011
• Role in Growing Sustainable Business Initiative 2006 by UNDP Kenya
• Role in the Development of the UN Global Compact 2006 by UNDP Kenya
In 2012 she was voted ‘Extraordinary Personality to Inspire the Future’ by 80% of the 20,000 students of the Entrepreneurship Clubs of Kenyan Universities. She is also the first Senior Fellow at ISOKO, which is an institute based in Indianapolis that promotes private enterprise in Africa.