Dr. Moses IKIARA
Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest)
Dr. Moses Ikiara is the Managing Director of the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), a position he took on 11th February 2013. KenInvest is the state agency charged with responsibility of promoting both foreign and domestic investment in Kenya, facilitating investors, and policy advocacy with respect to investment in the country.
Previously, Dr. Ikiara was the Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) (December 2005 to May 2012), and Policy Analyst at the same Institute (July 2000 to December 2005). KIPPRA is an independent public think tank with the mandate of supporting public policy process in Kenya by conducting objective research and analysis, offering technical and advisory services, and by building human and institutional capacity in the area of public policy research and analysis. Prior to joining KIPPRA, Dr. Ikiara was a lecturer in the School of Environmental Studies (SES) of Moi University.
Dr. Ikiara holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His previous academic qualifications include Bsc. (Agriculture, First Class Honours) and MA (Economics), both from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Ikiara has substantial experience in public policy research, having published about 38 papers and book chapters in various journals and other outlets. His research experience and interest includes sustainable management of environmental and natural resources and the link between economics and ecological issues; tourism policy; trade issues, particularly with respect to services; fisheries; the trade-environment nexus; agricultural and industry policy issues, and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Dr. Ikiara has been involved in the development of key policy documents for Kenya. These include the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS) 2003-2007 and the Kenya Vision 2030.