Prof. Tom Kwanya

Tom Kwanya is an associate professor in the Department of Information and Knowledge Management at the Technical University of Kenya. He is currently also serving as the Director of the School of Information and Communication Studies. Prior to joining academics fulltime in 2013, he worked as a consultant on public information and knowledge management. Some of the key consultancy positions he held include serving as a World Bank communication consultant seconded to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Southern Sudan, Juba; knowledge management consultant for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); public information specialist and team leader of the Public Sector Information Project for the Republic of South Sudan, Juba; communications consultant for the County Government of Bungoma; technical advisor on communication, documentation and knowledge management for Management Sciences for Health, Kenya; and a facilitator of a 5-day professional course on the fundamentals of organisational knowledge management on behalf of the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) in Kenya, Mozambique, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He holds BSc in Information Sciences (MU); MA in Communication Studies (UoN); and PhD in Information Studies (UKZN). He is an associate trainer for communications and e-resources management at the Training Centre in Communication (TCC).

Key Accomplishments

  • Authored 31 articles in peer review journals; 2 university-level books; 4 edited books; and 17 book chapters;
  • Presented 46 papers in international, regional and local academic conferences;
  • Delivered 6 keynote addresses in international academic conferences;
  • Supervised 5 PhD and 22 Master’s candidates;
  • Examined 13 PhD and 23 Master’s theses;
  • Served as external examiner for 6 Kenyan and 4 foreign universities;
  • Serves as the Editor in Chief of the Regional Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, and as an editorial board member of 3 academic journals;
  • Authored several articles in newspapers and magazines;
  • Serves as a member of the Information Science Services Technical Committee, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS);
  • Designed and/or reviewed several academic curricula; and
  • Serves as the Lead Trainer, the Regional Institute of Information and Knowledge Management.