John Githongo, a journalist and former correspondent for The Economist, is one of the most courageous leaders in the struggle to combat corruption and improve governance in Kenya. He served as permanent secretary for governance and ethics in Kenya’s post-transition government in 2003–4, and risked his life and career to expose one of the biggest government corruption scandals in Kenyan history. He has served as CEO of Transparency International Kenya, vice president of World Vision, senior associate member at St Antony’s College Oxford, and member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. Currently he is CEO of Inuka, an NGO that works with Kenyans, youth in particular, to improve governance and address societal problems. In 2011 Githongo was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Githongo to Stanford University.
Mr. Githongo gave a public lecture on February 5, Africa (Up)Rising: Confronting the New Authoritarianism.