Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI

Prof. M. Mwinyihija, PhD, DSc, D.Phil., D.Mngt.,FSB, FCIWEM., FCMI, HSC, CMgr., CSci., CEnv., CBiol., C.WEM.

Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija received his PhD in Environmental Science (Ecotoxicology and remediation of tanning industry effluents) University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Later undertook a Post-Doc leading to DSc (Waste management of leather processing) at the Atlantic University, USA. To enrich his leadership and managerial skills he pursued a doctorate degree in management which lead to D.Mngt. from SMC-University, Switzerland with a dissertation ‘Conceptualization of opportunity management towards value addition strategy for the leather sector in Kenya’. He also been awarded D.Phil. award in Management from UCN-Nicaragua. Currently, he is pursuing an advanced Post-Doc research at UGSM-Monarch University, Switzerland titled ‘Value creation in Kenya: An evaluation of sustainable development policies of the leather sector’.

He has in the past being an adjunct lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya & moderator of exams in Nairobi University and doctoral examiner at University of Madras. Currently hes is also Professor of Management at Euclid University and Faculty at University of the People, USA.

In addition, to the ascribed qualification he holds Chartered Fellowship with professional institutions of high esteem e.g. Council of Science, Institute of Biology (UK), Chartered Institute of Water and Environment, Society of the environmental, Association for the Advancement of Biodiversity Science and Chartered Management Institute (under review). He has published several papers, books and a reviewer, in various prestigious peer reviewed journals. He is well traveled and attends several international fora such as the International Council of Tanners, British Society of Soil Science, Institute of Biology, United Nations forum on climate change, Institute of environmental audit and management etc. He maintains a strong research passion in areas of value creation, opportunity management and environmental management of the leather subsector in the realms of focused socio-economic development at Global stage.

He is presently the Executive Director of COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute a regional organization mandated and chartered to spear head the development of the leather sector in nineteen countries in Africa. Previously, served as the Chief Executive of the Leather development Council, Kenya with similar mandate but at national level. His continued professional engagements has resulted to providing leadership also to the development of the leather sector at other national, regional and global platform. For example, served as a panellist and technical project team leader (Ostrich and Crocodile skis standards development) of the International standards organization, Scientific Conference committee member of IULTCS World leather congress and of Ege University, Izmir Turkey. Recently appointed as the World Certification Institute Ambassador-with special focus to enhance Skills and Curriculum recognition in Africa. In addition he has continued playing an active role in dissemination of science in various specialized and general public platforms with an aim of ensuring sustainable development and change management in Africa and the world at large in leather sectoral activities.

Leadership Philosophy

In creating my leadership philosophy, I routinely explore in an all-inclusive manner my personal values, assumptions and belief to be transformative. Personally, five pinnacle values I indulge include Achievement (drive towards excellence), Change (aspired transformation towards positivity), Competency (acumens that are progressive and skills enhancing), Creativity (stimulate ideation and innovation) and Integrity (nurture trust, honesty, transparency and accountability in building confidence). I believe I am privileged and honored to provide leadership and that leading has huge responsibility to ensure equity, fairness and accountability to stakeholders. This epitomizes my leadership philosophy through cultivation of collaborative linkages and tangible teamwork. In so doing, the leadership style I adapt converges strengths and synergies in teams I work with into productive and sustained results. I also like to encourage participatory approaches where I interact and listen more to effectively motivate, inspire, provide thoughtful vision and strategic direction. Constantly, I carry out team and self-appraisal to remain steadfast least I stray, loose purpose or miss agreed set targets.

I. Value Statements

Purpose: To provide Excellence towards learning by being interactive, responsive and adapt communication style that is both effective and progressive.

Principle:Always striving for academic pursuance and professional development that entail commitment, dedication and results oriented outcomes.


    1. Knowledgeability

Being informative and knowledge seeking is fundamental to pursue wisdom. This encompasses nurturing interest and expectation tocreate ambience to epitomize thequest for knowledge. This value provides opportunities for academic growth, development and success.

    1. Excellence

Pursuing excellence is in tandem with my endeavor to attain efficiency, effectiveness and tangible results. I trust motivation towards this value results in quality outcomes and the urge to constantly scale higher heights.

    1. Transformative

This value draws on various other values but rewards the ideation process with optimal potential to innovation. Transformative orientation responds to converting challenges into opportunities, a pathway I pursue with passion.

    1. Integrity

Striving for highest standards in both professional and academic perspectives, transparency and accountability is key. This promoteshonesty, trustworthy and confidence exuding elements worthy to inculcate for optimal ethical resonance.

    1. Virtuous Servitude

Dedicated to serving all without any conditionality, more of a listener, responsive and directly impact lives positively. The critical goals under this value is to work with all to assist in remediating through a participative approach in addressing poverty, ignorance, illiteracy, equity and development.


Education/Teaching Philosophy

I am privileged and honored to teach, share knowledge and facilitate learning. I focus in imparting knowledge with dedication through exuberance of effort that stimulate interest, yearning and motivation. I inculcate responsiveness and nurturing to build capacities, understanding challenges and forming strong communication linkages. For this to happen, I strive with comfort to translate teaching experience into an exciting pursuance. I believe this creates ambiance and an invigorating environment that enables learning, encourage participative engagements and results in a rewarding experience. At all times, I accommodate the perception that for a successful enabling environment to be sustained, reflection on mistakes as a preemption to opportunities is cardinal. This is because exploration on misconception rather than inabilities formulates interventional pathways to enlightment and knowledge.

My life as a teacher portrays and exemplify a role model that demonstrate that each step in life is another newer horizon to seek knowledge. On this particular perspective, I ‘walk the talk’ as I spirit forward and continue to pursue knowledge with zeal. I combine a strong environmental and management science domain to encompass sustainable development. As such,I always take pride and happiness sharing, disseminating and informing on various fields of Management Science as an ever evolving subject that attempts to meet the developmental expectations of the global society is an sustainable manner.

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The scope of the study reported in this book entails understanding the constraints and providing potential diagnostics to Africa’s leather sector, which is otherwise globally, one of the most lucrative agro-based industries in the world, estimated at over US$ 130Billion. One of the principle core thematic aspects of the leather sector is, characteristically, its long value chain with multiple socio-economic dimensions. These entail employability, creation of wealth, gender parity and rural development. Thusly, in an effort to stimulate scholarly discussion, the study argues that preemptively, the problems facing the leather value chain stratums are high losses, low value addition initiatives and unexplored opportunities that are synonymous with the Africa’s leather industry. Indeed, the results of the research conceptualized opportunity management as a critical panacea towards value addition strategy for the leather sector in developing countries. In dealing with this concept, the book evaluated the various value chains phases and identified nine specific issues and variables drawn between value addition and the main leather strata. With this background, the study posed a main question and four sub questions to closely expound on related hypotheses and in lieu pursue four thematic aspects: trade, productivity, competitiveness, and innovation covered in twelve chapters of the book. Conclusively, the book manages to successfully conceptualize as a novelty that opportunity management is integral towards developing a leather value addition strategy for the developing countries with particular emphasis to Africa.

Agro-based Ecotoxicological Preview on Anthropogenic Activities on Ecosystems














1) Agro-based Ecotoxicological Preview on Anthropogenic Activities on Ecosystems

Editors: Mwinyikione Mwinyihija (COMESA- Leather and Leather Products Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)


Available online at :

Hardcover: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=55382
E-book: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=55400

Lagoons: Habitat and Species, Human Impacts and ecological effects

2) 2013 - Lagoons: Habitat and Species, Human Impacts and Ecological Effects.

Published By NOVA Publishers USA

Ecotoxicological Diagnosis in the tanning Industry

3) 2010 - Ecotoxicological Diagnosis in the Tanning Industry.


Published by Springer Publishers USA


Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of COMESA/LLPI, has been appointed as the Scientific Committee member for the 2017 IULTCS Conference.

The mandate of the Scientific Committee is to affirm all the presentation that will be made during the Conference do meet the objectives. The Committee also provides scientific backing for the general Congress.

The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies has the task to encourage and develop the interchange of knowledge and experience between leather technologists and chemists worldwide by increasing the collaboration between member societies. The Indian affiliate to IULTCS - Indian Leather Technologists Association (ILTA) and CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute would jointly organize the XXXIV IULTCS Congress during 5-8 February 2017.

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