Murdoch Professor honoured by Kenyan President

January 9, 2012

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A Murdoch University Professor has been honoured by the President of Kenya.

Professor Samuel Makinda was awarded the medal of Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) by President Mwai Kibaki.

The honour is one of the highest civilian service awards granted by the President of Kenya during Jamhuri (independence) Day celebrations each year in recognition of individuals’ outstanding contribution and distinguished services to the country.

Professor Makinda, who is a Kenyan-born Australian that has lived in Australia for 30 years, received the award for his exemplary contribution to the country’s education, international relations and communication.

A former editor of the Daily Nation, Professor Makinda writes a weekly column in the Nairobi-based Business Daily. He participated in the establishment of the Kenyan National Defence College in the mid-1990s and in the creation of Kenya’s Foreign Service Institute in 2007. In 2001, he was appointed the Distinguished Lecturer for the UN University’s Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and the UN Environment Programme.

Professor Makinda will be presented with his medal at a function later in the year.

He said: “I am delighted that Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has recognised my work as an academic, a public policy analyst and a community worker.

“While I am unable to identify any particular project or activity that might have fascinated President Kibaki, I believe he took into account my role as a public intellectual.

“For this reason, I share this award with my students and colleagues at Murdoch and elsewhere; some Australian and Kenyan government agencies that have often sought my perspectives on a range of issues; members of the Kenyan community in Western Australia for whom I am the patron; as well as the Australian and Kenyan media that have always given me opportunities to express my views.”

Professor Makinda is Professor of Politics and International Studies and the Chair of Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies at Murdoch University. He is a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and served on the Australian Foreign Minister’s National Consultative Committee for International Security Issues between 2001 and 2008. He has research experience in the areas of democracy and global governance, the UN and peacekeeping, transnational terrorism, and security in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Associate Professor Andrew Webster, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, said: “Professor Makinda’s award by the Kenyan president is an acknowledgement of the great impact of his work on Kenyan society and its policies.”

Comments (6 responses)

Peter Wakholi January 9, 2012

Hi Sam, please accept my heartfelt congratulations for your achievement. Honouring academics by African leaders is crucial for democracy and good governance. I am so happy for you because I know your commitment to Africa's issues and your informed contribution to its discourse. Cheers. Peter Wakholi

Takeshi Moriyama January 12, 2012

Congratulations Sam! Fantastic news!! Takeshi

Peter Mayadunne January 21, 2012

Hi Sam,
A wonderful achievement. Congratulations! It is a fantastic honour for the university as well as people like us, its alumni. Pete

Robert Musungu Muloki August 1, 2012

Hi Samuel, Wanyala nabi khufuna silabo isyo.Your former student form the class of international security studies

Dennis Langat January 13, 2013

Hi Sam,
Congratulations and thank you for being a role model especially to the Kenyans in Western Australia, I am sure we all can learn heaps from you. This is a well deserved award.

betty Adhaya April 5, 2013

Thanks for this achievement and may God give you more strength in your endeavours.

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