David Mwambari is an FWO postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University in Belgium and an adjunct faculty at The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London (UK). He is part of the faculty at the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights workshops and has lectured in workshops held at the University of Oxford, Quinnipiac University (NY) and the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He was previously an assistant professor of international relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, United States International University–Africa (Nairobi). Mwambari was also a visiting research associate at the ALC, King’s College London and Nairobi (2012–2014). From 2010 to 2011 he taught at Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH, USA) as a visiting assistant professor of international relations, and has served as a teaching assistant at Syracuse University (2008–2010), and as a tutor at La Trobe University (2011–2012). He has given lectures and has presented and published scholarly works and poetry in academic and non-academic forums internationally.
His current research focuses on Gender and Leadership in society, Peacebuilding and Memorialization in post-conflict and post-genocide African countries. His other research project explores the role of memorialization in foreign policy formulation. He has been a recipient of individual research grants and been part of research teams that received grants from International Development Research Centre (Canada), Carnegie Corporation of New York (USA), Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA (UK), FWO (Belgium), USIU-A (Kenya) and VLIR-UOS (Belgium). He has won various awards including Nancy Millis Award for theses of exceptional merit at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia and many others.
Mwambari’s academic journey has led him to a multidisciplinary approach for his studies and work. He earned 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 College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, Humanities and Social Sciences La Trobe University–Melbourne, Australia (2011–2015). As a lifelong learner, he has pursued other professional training programs, earning a certificate in mediation under the joint auspices of the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town (SA) (2006), the Preparing Future Faculty program of Syracuse University (2010), and Duke Divinity School’s Reconciliation and Christianity / Great Lakes Initiative Leadership program (2012 and 2013).
Mwambari has worked on peacebuilding 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, Nepalese and Sudanese refugee youth in New York and Melbourne cities.
For his volunteer work in Rwanda, Mwambari is the visionary behind Sanejo, a young-professionals-led organization whose mission is to promote education in post-conflict countries. Among their accomplishments is a completed five-year project (2010–2015) that was inspired by Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2 that invested over USD $250,000 in a community school and educational programs in Rwanda. After rehabilitation of the school and innovative teacher training programs for five years the school improved its performance and was ranked number one in Ruhango district based on students performance in national primary exams 2016 and 2017. The school has over 1,100 students every year. He regularly runs mentorship programs for young leaders in different East African countries.
Fluent in many languages including French, Kinyarwanda, English, Swahili and with experiences in many cultures, Mwambari has also worked as a consultant with various global companies, foundations and international organizations in the US, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, UK, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and many others.