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June 12, 2015 at 8:40 am

University Remembers Economics Alum Kimenyi, Africa Growth Initiative Scholar

Mwangi Samson Kimenyi on a panel at the Brookings Institution.

Mwangi Samson Kimenyi (Brookings Institution)

Ohio University Economics alum and renowned Kenyan scholar and economist Mwangi Samson Kimenyi died June 6, 2015, in Maryland.

Kimenyi earned an M.A. in Economics in 1982 from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

“Dr. Kimenyi was a former director and senior research fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and professor of economics at the University of Connecticut,” reports the Daily Nation in a story on “Renowned Kenyan scholar and economist Mwangi Kimenyi dies in U.S.”

“Professor Kimenyi was the heart and soul of the Africa Growth Initiative, something that all of us care about. He believed very much in AGI’s mission, its work, and perhaps, more importantly, its people,” writes John Mukum Mbaku for the Brookings Institution at “In memory of Mwangi Samson Kimenyi.”

“Professor Kimenyi dedicated himself to utilizing the resources and prestige of the Brookings Institution to enhance governance, peaceful coexistence, the protection of human rights—especially those of vulnerable groups—and economic and human development in Africa. During his short tenure at AGI and the Brookings Institution, he achieved a lot. Through his leadership and thanks to the generosity of the Brookings Institution, AGI has contributed significantly to the improvement of the policy environment in Africa, as well as to a better understanding of African issues by U.S. policymakers,” Mbaku continues.

“Professor Kimenyi was an accomplished man: Before he came to AGI and Brookings, Professor Kimenyi was a professor at the University of Mississippi and the University of Connecticut. He was the founding executive director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA, 1999-2005); a resource person with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); and a research associate with the Center for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford. Professor Kimenyi earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and completed graduate work at Ohio University and George Mason University. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University in 1986.”

Read Kimenyi’s expert commentary at the Brookings Institution.

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