Amb. FCS. Dr. Koki Muli Grignon is the founding Ag. Dean of SEKU School of Law, appointed after she successfully chaired the School of Law Establishment Committee for more than a year leading to the granting of a five-year Licence by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) on 29 November 2022 to offer the LL.B. Programme at SEKU. She is also the Acting Corporation Secretary and Director of Legal Services.
For more than 33 years, she has been involved in the human rights and women’s rights movements, academia, diplomacy, social justice and rule of law, constitutional making and review processes, democratization process, and free, fair, transparent, and accountable elections.
She is an Attorney at Law (an advocate of the High Court of Kenya), an International Human and Women’s Rights and Constitutional Lawyer, a Commissioner for Oaths, a Notary Public, and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICS). She is also an Elections, Democracy, and Governance Expert, an Accrediting Facilitator of Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections (BRIDGE – www.bridge-project.org ), and has trained many elections managers, administrators, and practitioners in Kenya, Africa, and the United States of America from all over the world. She has observed numerous elections and by-elections in Kenya, and elections in many countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
She was appointed as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, USA, in December 2012 where she served in various leadership positions in many Bureaus and Committees of the United Nations, its Agencies, Funds and Programmes, representing Kenya, the Africa Group, Group of Seventy-Seven & China, the United Nations member states. She returned to SEKU to resume her duties in August 2020 after a long and very successful tour of duty.
Before her appointment, she was a lecturer, since June 2011, at South Eastern University College (SEUCO), (then a Constituent College of the University of Nairobi) during which period she also served in other positions such as Director of External Linkages and International Programmes; Director/Dean of School of External Studies and Continuing Education; Ag. Legal Officer of SEKU and chaired and participated in many Committees including providing secretariat services to the Committee that drafted the Charter of SEKU and was part of the team that defended and justified SEKU’s accreditation by the then Commission for Higher Education (CHE) as an independent full-fletched public university. SEKU was awarded its Charter by the late President Kibaki on 1st March 2013. During the formative years of SEUCO/SEKU, every staff member did extra work to contribute to the building of the University and now ten years later as a full university, we are all very proud to be part of this fabulous institution.
Amb. Dr. Koki Muli Grignon has extensive experience working with the government of Kenya in many capacities. She served as joint Secretary of the Task Force reviewing Press Laws (1993 - 1995); Commissioner/Board Member of the National Commission on Gender and Development (2004-2007); and Member of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (2004-2005). She participated in the 2003 – 2004 National Constitutional Conference held at Bomas of Kenya. She has also worked with and for inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations including the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Missions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), International IDEA, the Institute for Education in Democracy (IED), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya Section), among many. She has been a weekly columnist in the East Africa Sunday Standard since 2021 and before her departure for New York, she was a columnist with the Saturday Standard in 2011 and 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Dar Es Salaam School of Law, a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the University of London, an LL.B (Hon.) from the University of Nairobi, and a Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law. She was in the 1992 Human Rights Advocates Programme of Columbia University, New York. She has been very closely involved and intricately linked with the evolution of SEKU from when it was a Constituent College of the University of Nairobi (SEUCO) to date and has had the privilege and honour to witness some of the great milestones and achievements of SEKU since 2011 and is very proud to be a long-standing staff of SEKU.
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