Principal Secretary - State Department for University Education
Prof. Collette Akoth Suda: Personal Profile
Prof. Collette A. Suda, PhD, FKNAS, CBS, is the Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education, Ministry of Education, Republic of Kenya. She is the former Secretary for Gender and Social Development, Ministry of Gender, Children and social Development. Previously, she was the Director, Institute of African Studies and Director, Board of Common Undergraduate Courses, University of Nairobi. She also served as a member of the National Commission on Gender and Development and a member of the Advisory Board of the Women Enterprise Fund, among others.
Prof. Suda is a full Professor of Sociology at the Institute of African Studies. She is a Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (FKNAS). She has served as an external examiner at Moi University, Maseno University and the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.
Prof. Suda has extensive research experience as principal investigator in the areas of gender, family studies, social change and sustainable rural development. She has published widely in international scholarly and peer refereed journals and co-authored a book entitled “Street Children in Kenya: Voices of Children in search of a childhood, Westport Connecticut: Bergin and Garvey, 2000”. She has also contributed several book chapters.
On October 4th, 2007, at the University of Nairobi, Prof. Suda delivered her inaugural lecture entitled “Formal monogamy and informal polygyny in Parallel: African Family Traditions in Transition”.