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Meet The Founder And Former CEO Of KEMRI And What Happened To Him After Retiring

His name is Dr.Davy K Koech. He was born in August 1951 in Motero village, Kericho county.The distinguished researcher holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Zoology from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology specializing in Clinical Pharmacology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

In the early 70s, Kenya did not have a research institute and the University of Nairobi was reluctant to start one. He joined hands with some lecturers to initiate the establishment of a research institution in the country.In 1979, a bill was passed in parliament that led to the creation of research institutions in the country. He then founded KEMRI and was appointed the chief researcher at the Institute before being promoted to CEO in 1989.

He worked at KEMRI until 2007 when he was relieved of his duties setting the record as one of the longest serving CEOs of a state organization.Upon leaving KEMRI, he started the Center for Clinical and Molecular Sciences.The center is involved in cutting edge research into the better understanding of some of the health challenges facing mankind. He now serves a 6 years imprisonment for acquiring funds through corruption at KEMRI after being found guilty by a court of law.

Source: https://www.pd.co.ke/news/rise-and-fall-of-celebrated-researcher-dr-davy-koech-99065/

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