Professor Shanyisa Anota Khasiani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi, and a Doctorate degree in Social Demography from Florida State University in the USA. In addition, Prof. Khasiani has technical skills in computer applications, and certificates in Civil Society Resource Mobilization; and in Enterprise Management. She is currently a Member of Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee where she chairs Legal and Policy Thematic Area.
Prof. Khasiani has extensive professional and work experience that includes management and programming. She has served as the Director of the Population Study and Research Institute of the University of Nairobi; Executive Director of the Family Support Institute-NGO; and Senior Programme Officer on Child Protection at UNICEF-Kenya Country Office. She also served as Senior Community Development Advisor of Agriculture for Livelihood and Food Security for Programme in Western Communities, and Advisor to the Western Kenya Community Driven Programme on Poverty Eradication of the World Bank. Her teaching experience spans from the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the University of Nairobi. She rose to Full Professorship at Mount Kenya University. She has been a member of several boards of including Chairlady of African Women in Research and Development; Board Member of the Refugee Training Institute, Member of Family Planning Association of Kenya, Board member of Shanderema Secondary School. Prof. Khasiani has undertaken extensive research in Environmental Management, HIV and AIDS and Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality, Democracy and Human Rights, Population Dynamics, Rural Development and Agriculture as well as Youth and Child rights. She has also undertaken extensive training and facilitation in areas of research methodology, gender mainstreaming and women empowerment, civic education and HIV and AIDS. Prof. Khasiani has participated in formulation and drafting legislation including in the Committee reviewing laws discriminatory to women, Member of the Committee that drafted Sessional Paper on HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Member of the Committee that formulated the Poverty Reduction Strategy Policy and the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation Policy. She undertook a Needs Assessment and Policy Development of the Millennium Development Goals and participated in drafting the Sessional Paper No 1 of 2005 on Gender Equality and Development in Kenya. Prof. Khasiani has published several articles in referred journals; book reviews, contribution of chapters in other publications; published books, publications of Community Resources and Materials; and Gender Based Articles in daily newspapers.
Prof. Khasiani’s future direction is to resume teaching at Mount Kenya University and undertake consultancies after completion of her tenure as a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee.