Dr. Edward Mungai, the group CEO of Kenya Climate Innovation Centre Group, has today been awarded his PhD in Sustainability at Strathmore University. The three year PhD entailed research on “Stakeholder Pressure, Gender Diversity and Voluntary Environmental Management Systems as Drivers of Corporate Environmental Performance of Firms in Kenya” which forms a compelling case for the adoption of voluntary environmental management systems among firms in developing countries.
The study was inspired by the need to find solutions for the raging debate on what motivates firms to enhance corporate environmental performance. In his research, Dr. Mungai set out to examine if stakeholders, voluntary environmental management systems, gender diversity on board, and top management team influence corporate environmental performance.
The findings of this study are of interest to business leaders and policymakers in advancing the global debate of implementing sustainability within the corporate level and for the company management in constituting talent pools critical for the firm’s strategic positioning necessary in a dynamic business world of evolving stakeholder interests.
“My interest to pursue a PhD was first piqued in 2015. About what I wanted to do with my life, I was very clear. First, I desired to be a teacher and to share knowledge on sustainability matters. Secondly, I had my eyes on consultancy as a global thought leader in sustainability,” Dr. Mungai says. “I also wanted to become an executive coach to empower other professionals on their journey toward sustainability. As such, the stakes were very high. A PhD degree was the requisite tool to do this.”
Dr. Mungai is a thought leader and a sustainability expert who has dedicated his passion and expertise to help organizations do well by doing good. He is the Group CEO of Kenya Climate Innovation (KCIC) Group which comprises the Kenya Climate Innovation Center, Kenya Climate Ventures, and KCIC Consulting.
Kenya Climate Innovation Center supports innovative climate change solutions and accelerating the development of the clean-tech industry and sustainable development in Kenya through financing and technical business advisory. Kenya Climate Ventures offers business incubation and acceleration; Technology transfer and IP policy advice; Capacity building, training, and mentoring services; International networking and collaboration; Policy advocacy and market intelligence; Grants, seed dancing, and soft loans; And testing, design, demo and labs services.
KCIC Consulting on the other hand is a business consulting firm for domestic and international organizations: Enterprise development, Management services, Training design, Impact evaluation, Research, Sustainability reporting, and communication, Sustainability advisory, and sustainable finance solutions.
“Finally, I have a ticket to change the world. The time has come for me to actualize my long-held dream. I can’t wait to teach and share knowledge with the world!” Dr. Mungai says.
Several leaders, family, and friends have congratulated Dr. Edward for this great milestone. Among them is Simon Mordue, EU Ambassador to Kenya who said, “Your perseverance and dedication has enabled you to embark on this successful chapter of life. Congratulations and best wishes.”
Ole Thonke, Danish Ambassador to Kenya expressed his congratulatory message by saying, “Best wishes for this important milestone in your life and career. May there be many more to come.”
“Congratulations on successfully completing your PHD. You have always been so dedicated and sure it is very inspiring indeed,” - Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director at Global Compact
Fionnuala Quinlan- Irish Ambassador to Kenya says, “Congratulations on earning a doctorate degree. Thank you for setting such a great example. Many happy returns of such a remarkable success.”
“Congratulations on completing your PHD and best wishes as you begin an exciting new phase of life.”
“Congratulations Doctor. You are indeed the doctor of persistent hard work and tremendous self-belief.”
“Congratulations on earning your PHD from the entire staff at KCIC Group. You have earned every single moment of this praise and appreciation.”