Simon Wanda


African Studies (MSc), 2014
St Anne's College, Oxford

Funding: Louis Dreyfus

Simon graduated with an  MSc in African Studies in 2014. He also has a first class honours degree in African History from Kenyatta University, Kenya.

Simon has conducted extensive research on ethnic and political conflicts and has presented his academic findings at conferences, workshops and on television and radio shows in Kenya. He also has a keen interest in the that power social networks can have in  engaging young people in politics; in 2009 he headed the team that translated Facebook into Swahili.

With the research and professional expertise gained from the MSc and the Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme, Simon wishes to eventually enter  government to initiate policy reforms in Kenya that address sustainable development and public health, and to also work to tackle the issue of food security, a key source of current conflicts in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa.

Simon is currently a Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies, where he works on the Information Economy programme.  This involves working with the government to  harness science and technology for sustainable development.

Articles by Simon Wanda

Clean Water for Makunga Village

Simon Wanda

Simon Wanda (Kenya, MSc African Studies 2013-14, Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld) initiated a project in Makunga Village, Kenya, where a lack of clean drinking water remains one of the major developmental impediments and health hazards for
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