We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Wakiuru Wamwara, a Professor of Marketing at the Raj Soin College of Business and Economics at Wright State University, will be joining us as a co-moderator of our Business & SMEs panel and a panelist for the Women in Entrepreneurship panel at the upcoming OVC Diaspora Investor’s Conference. The conference will take place from Friday to Sunday, May 5-7, 2023, at the Hilton Rockville Hotel in Washington D.C.
Dr. Wamwara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conference. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from LeMoyne Owen College, her MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and her Ph.D. from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. Her research interests include international marketing, international business, cross-cultural consumer behavior, and immigrant acculturation. She has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal Business Research, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, and Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, among others.
Dr. Wamwara has also presented her research at international conferences in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Kenya, and New Zealand. As a Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellow, she shared her expertise at Africa Nazarene University and KCA University. She also served as a visiting professor at Kimathi University, where she taught Executive MBA courses. Additionally, Dr. Wamwara has lectured around the world on Semester at Sea and in Finland, Germany, and Kenya.
Prior to working in academia, Dr. Wamwara worked for the Kenyan government, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). She also served as treasurer of the Kenya Studies and Scholars Association (KESSA) and is a member of the board of directors of the Kenya USA Diaspora Sacco.
In February 2023, Dr. Wamwara published a book titled “Doing Business in Kenya Opportunities and Challenges” with co-authors Professor John Spillan and Dr. Charles Onchoke. The book is available from Routledge and Amazon.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Dr. Wamwara and other esteemed panelists at the OVC Diaspora Investor’s Conference.
Register today to secure your spot!