Dr. David Mwambari is an assistant professor of international relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, United States International University–Africa (Nairobi) and an adjunct faculty at The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London. He was previously a visiting research associate at the ALC, King’s College London (2012–2014). He has taught at Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH, USA) as a visiting assistant professor of international relations (2010–2011), has served as a teaching assistant at Syracuse University (2008–2010) as well as at United States International University–Africa (2007–2008), and as a tutor at La Trobe University (2011–2012). He has given lectures and has presented and published scholarly work and poetry. His research interests include youth, memory, and security in postconflict countries; indigenous peace-building initiatives; and reconciliation and development.
Dr. Mwambari’s academic journey has led him to a multidisciplinary approach for his studies and work. He first earned a diploma in business administration (Runder College, Nairobi), then a BA and MA in international relations (both from United States International University–Africa, (2004–2009) and an MA in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University Syracuse, NY, USA, (2008–2010). And a PhD in History at the School of Historical and European Studies, La Trobe University–Melbourne, Australia (2011–2015). As a lifelong learner, he has pursued other professional training, earning a certificate in mediation under the joint auspices of the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, the Preparing Future Faculty program of Syracuse University, and Duke Divinity School’s Reconciliation and Christianity / Great Lakes Initiative Leadership program. He has won various awards and research grants including the recent Nancy Millis Award for theses of exceptional merit at La Trobe University.
Dr. Mwambari has worked on peace-building initiatives and development projects in communities in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, North Uganda, and Rwanda. He has also worked with Somali, Burundian, Liberian, and Sudanese refugee youth in New York City and Melbourne. For his volunteer work, Dr. Mwambari is the visionary behind Sanejo (www.sanejo.org), a young-professionals-led organization whose mission is to promote education in postconflict countries. The recently completed five-year project (2010–2015) raised and invested over USD $250,000 in a community school in Rwanda. He has also run a mentorship project at Limuru Girls’ High School in Kenya from (2011-2015).
Fluent in many languages and with experiences in many cultures, Dr. Mwambari works also as a consultant with various global companies advising on strategy and cross-cultural project management in Corporate Social Responsibility and research. In this role he has worked on projects and with companies in the US, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, UK, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, UAE and many others.