Peter Anyang Nyong’o
Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o is the Governor of Kisumu County, Republic of Kenya.
Having been involved in the struggle against authoritarian rule in Kenya throughout his academic career, he was amongst the leaders who made a break through into multiple party politics in 1992. He was then elected to Parliament in that year and has served in various capacities since then including as the Cabinet Minister for Planning and National Development (2003-05) and Minister for Medical Services (2008-2013), and later as Senator of Kisumu County between 2013 and 2017.
He has published several books and articles on democracy, democratization, the state and the political economy of development in Africa. Publications include "Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa" (London: Zed Books, 1987); "The Study of African Politics: A Critical Appreciation of a Heritage" (Nairobi: Ball Foundation, 2002); "A Leap Into the Future" (Nairobi: Word Alive Publishers, 2095) and Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy in Kenya: Choices to Be Made (Nairobi; Booktalk Africa Publishers, 2019). In 1995 he was awarded the German-African Prize for his contribution to democracy and democratization in Africa. He was most recently a member of the Gro Harlem Brundland Senior Leadership Fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard School of Public Health, from December 2013 to March 2014.
Taught at the University of Nairobi (1977-81), El Colegio de Mexico (1971-84) and Addis Ababa University (1984-86) before joining the African Academy of Sciences as Head of Programs from 1987 to 1992.