Renowned Kenyan scholar and economist Mwangi Kimenyi dies in US

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Dr Mwangi Solomon Kimenyi. The renowned scholar has died in Siver Spring, Maryland, United States after a long illness. PHOTO | BMJ MURIITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Dr Mwangi Solomon Kimenyi. The renowned scholar has died in Siver Spring, Maryland, United States after a long illness. PHOTO | BMJ MURIITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Renowned Kenyan scholar and economist, Dr Mwangi Solomon Kimenyi, has passed on in Siver Spring, Maryland, United States.

Family sources told the Nation that Dr Kimenyi died at John’s Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, Maryland, after a long illness.

He was a Senior Fellow and former Director of the Africa Growth Initiative in the Global Economy and Development programme of The Brookings Institution, an economic think-tank based in the US capital.

Soon after news of his death broke, friends thronged his Washington DC home to condole with the family.

“This is a big blow to the US-based Kenyan intellectual fraternity,” said Mr Kimani Karangu, who went to the same US University as Dr Kimenyi.

Previously, Dr Kimenyi was a Professor at Mississippi and Connecticut universities, a visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin and a Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He was the Founding Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and also served as member of the board of directors of Equity Bank.

At the time of his death, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Economics, University of Nairobi.

Dr Kimenyi received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi and completed graduate studies at Ohio University and George Mason University where he obtained a doctorate in economics in 1986.

He has also studied certificate programmes at the University of Michigan and Harvard.

He has authored and co-edited eight books and six policy monographs as well as published widely in refereed journals and books.

His work mainly focused on institutional policy reforms, economic development, and Africa’s political economy.


Dr Kimenyi has received many awards and honours.

He was the co-winner of the Outstanding Research Award (2001) by the Global Development Network and winner of the Georgescu-Roegen Prize in Economics (1991).

He was recognised by the Senate and House of the State of Mississippi for his work on Public Transit.

In 1994, Dr Kimenyi was named by the Policy Review, a prestigious US publication, among the top 10 young market economists in the United States.

In November 2014, he received the Innovative Scholarship Award at the sixth Global Peace Convention in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Born in the then Murang’a District in 1956, Kimenyi received a Bachelor of Education degree before proceeding to Ohio University in the United States of America for a Master’s Degree in Economics and International Affairs and the George Mason University, Virginia, for a PhD in Sciences.

He has taught economics in America for several years was has worked for the World Bank, the United Nations and African Development Bank.

The scholar leaves behind a widow, Irene Wangui and three sons – Francis Kimenyi, Bedan Kimani and Robert Mburu.

Source: Daily Nation

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