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Associate Professor of Practice
Name: Ann Kingiri
Location: 69 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092 Johannesburg Business School
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About Dr Ann Kingiri

Dr. Kingiri is an STI policy and development researcher with a focus on inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. She has a PhD in Development studies from UK. She has over 20 years of experience working with the public, private sector and development partners in the area of innovation and development particularly targeting Africa. Currently she is a Senior Research Fellow and previously the Director of Research at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), a development policy think tank, working to harness applications of STI for sustainable development.


  • Kingiri Ann and Awono Onana Charles (2021). Central and East Africa Chapter. UNESCO (2021). UNESCO World Science Report. Paris: UNESCO Publishing.
  • Ann N. Kingiri (2021) Exploring innovation capabilities build up in the deployment of crop biotechnology innovation in Kenya, Innovation and Development, DOI: 10.1080/2157930X.2021.1884934
  • Ann Kingiri and Benard Muok (2020). A Community-based learning tool to identify gender responsive and climate specific priorities of women and young people in natural resource management and climate change governance. Christian Aid.
  • Kingiri. Ann (2020). Agricultural extension and advisory service approaches: examining inclusion in reaching out Kenyan rural farmers. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID). 10.1080/20421338.2020.1823098.
  • Khaemba Winnie and Kingiri Ann (2020). Access to Renewable Energy Resources: A Gender and Inclusivity Perspective. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T. (eds) Affordable and Clean Energy. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.
  • Kingiri. Ann and Xiaolan Fu (2019). Understanding the diffusion and adoption of digital finance innovation in emerging economies: M-Pesa money mobile transfer service in Kenya, Innovation and Development Journal, 1-21.
  • Kingiri Ann; Hanlin, Rebecca; Holm Andersen, Margrethe ; Tigabu, Aschalew (2019). Strengthening innovation and development-research capacity in African universities. The case of AfricaLics, in Arvanitis, Rigas ; O’Brien, David (dir.), The Transformation of Research in the South. Policies and outcomes., Editions des archives contemporaines, France, ISBN : 9782813003034, pp. 43-48,
  • Musotsi, Anne Aswani; Bruckner, Meike; Teherani-Kronner, Parto; Kingiri, Ann. 2018. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security (Agri-Gender), 3 (2):36-50. 10.22004/ag.econ.293598
  • Kingiri Ann, Hanlin R, Andersen M. and Tigabu A. (2016). Strengthening innovation and Development Research in African universities: the case of AfricaLics. Conference Papers (refereed) presented during at IDRC Transformation of Research in the South Conference, France, 22-24 January 2016.
  • Muok Benard and Kingiri Ann (2015). The role of civil society organizations in low-carbon innovation in Kenya. Journal of Innovation and Development, pages 1- 17. DOI:10.1080/2157930X.2015.1064558
  • Deborah Wendiro, Watu Wamae, Ann Kingiri and Alex Paul Wacoo: 2014. Innovation dynamics in cassava production systems in Uganda. Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development. Vol. 6 (5): 50-59. DOI:10.5897/JABSD2014.0222.
  • Kingiri Ann (2014) Comparative Strategic Behavior of Advocacy Coalitions and Policy Brokers: The Case of Kenya’s Biosafety Regulatory Policy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 16: (4), 373-395.
  • Mugwagwa Julius, Kingiri Ann and Muraguri Lois (2014). Understanding development trajectories for biotechnology governance frameworks in Sub Saharan Africa: the policy kinetic model.
  • Kingiri Ann, Muok Benard, Kitaka Nzula (2013): Climate change innovations in East Africa: the case of agriculture, water and energy. EACIN/ACTS Policy Brief No. 1
  • Kingiri Ann, Muok Benard, Katima Jamidu (2013). An Overview of Climate Adaptive Grassroots Innovations in East Africa. EACIN/ACTS Working Brief No. 3
  • Kingiri N. Ann (2013). A Review of Innovation Systems Framework as a Tool for Gendering Agricultural Innovations: Exploring Gender Learning and System Empowerment, The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 19:5, 521-541
  • Chinigo Davide and Kingiri Ann (2013). Mainstreaming Gender in Bioenergy Projects: Lessons from PISCES. PISCES Policy Brief No 7 June 2013.
  • Kingiri A. N and Hall A. (2012). The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya.  Review of Policy Research, Volume 29, Number 4, pgs. 492-522.
  • Kingiri A. N and Ayele S. (2012). Managing knowledge for development: lessons from Kenyan modern biotechnology regulatory process.  Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG)2 (1): 1-37.
    Kingiri A. N. (2011). Underlying tensions of conflicting advocacy coalitions in an evolving modern biotechnology regulatory subsystem: Policy learning and influencing Kenya’s regulatory policy process. Science and Public Policy38 (3): 199-211.
  • Kingiri Ann and Adwera A. (2011). Technology Shaping and Technology Policy: policy considerations. ACTS Press, December.
    Kingiri, A. (2011). The contested framing of Biosafety Regulation as a tool for enhancing public awareness: Insights from the Kenyan regulatory process and BioAWARE strategy. International Journal of Technology and Development Studies (IJTDS), 2 (1): 64-86.
    Kingiri A. N. and Wakhungu J. (2011). Gender and agricultural innovation: revisiting the debate through an innovation system perspective. Policy Brief, ACTS Press.
    Kingiri, A. (2010). An analysis of the role of experts in biotechnology regulation in Kenya. Journal of International Development, 22: 325–340.
    Kingiri A. N. (2010). Evolution of Agricultural Biotechnology Innovation: Lessons from governance of Kenya’s biotechnology sectorSecond Science with Africa Conference: Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 23-25 June 2010, Addis, Ethiopia.
    Kingiri A. and Ayele S. (2009). Towards a smart biosafety regulation: the case of Kenya. Environ. Biosafety Res. 8: 133-139.
  • Kingiri, A. (2009). Is there always room for more? Knowledge use in understanding the role of multiple players in the biotechnology policy arena in the context of Africa. ICABR Conference on ‘The Emerging Bio-Economy.’ 17-21 June 09, Ravello, Italy.
  • Kingiri, A. (2009). Stakeholders’ engagement: any listeners out there? An analysis of the biotech debate in Africa. Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference 2009. ‘Current Crisis & New Opportunities’. 2 – 4 Sep 2009. University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus, UK.
  • Kingiri, A. N. (2009). Can Scientists do Things Differently? The Case of Biotechnology Regulatory Practice. ESRC Genomics Network Conference 2009. ‘Mapping the Genomics Era: Measurements & Meanings’. 7- 9 Oct 09. Cardiff, Wales.

Book Chapters

  • Kingiri. Ann and Okemwa Josephat (2021). A policy process that promotes capabilities building in renewable electrification in Kenya: the stakeholders’ perspective. Book Chapter under IREK project (approved for publishing).
  • Fu Xiaolan and Kingiri Ann (2020). The Diffusion and Adoption of Digital Finance Innovation in Africa. In Fu X. Innovation under the Radar: The Nature and Sources of Innovation in Africa, pp 284-302. Cambridge University.  DOI:
  • Kingiri Ann; Hanlin, Rebecca; Holm Andersen, Margrethe and Tigabu, Aschalew (2019). Strengthening innovation and development-research capacity in African universities. The case of AfricaLics», in Arvanitis, Rigas ; O’Brien, David (dir.), The Transformation of Research in the South. Policies and outcomes., Editions des archives contemporaines, France, ISBN : 9782813003034, pp. 43-48,
  • Kingiri A. N (2012). Biotechnology Regulation as a Necessary Evil: Empirical Lessons from Kenya. In Kenya: Political, Social and Environmental Issues, Adoyo J. W. and Wangai C. I. (eds). ISBN: 978-1-62081-085-9.
  • Kingiri A. N. (2012). The Bumpy Path Towards Knowledge Convergence for Pro-Poor Agro-Biotechnology Regulation and Development: Exploring Kenya’s Regulatory Process” in Biotechnology – Molecular Studies and Novel Applications for Improved Quality of Human Life, ISBN 978-953-51-0151-2, Sammour, Reda Helmy (ed), pp. 79-96.