Laban Ayiro’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroKenyan academic
Is Academic 
From Kenya 
Type Education 
Birth 1957, Kibera, Kenya
Age:63 years

Professor Laban Ayiro is a Kenyan academic who serves as the Vice Chancellor of Daystar University, a Christian, liberal arts university based in Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya.

From September 2016 until March 2018, he served as in an acting capacity as the Vice Chancellor of Moi University, a public university, whose main campus is in Kesses, Uasin Gishu County.

Background and education

He was born in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. His parents were of modest means. His father, a driver, had friends whose economic means were better. One of those friends took in the young Ayiro because (a) Ayiro was a smart student and (b) that friend has a son and Ayiro would keep the son company.

His first degree, a Bachelor of Education, was awarded by McGill University, in Canada, in 1984. His second degree, a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, was awarded by Kenyatta University, one of Kenya’s public universities. His third degree, a Master of Arts in International Relations, was awarded in 2004 by the United States International University Africa, based in Nairobi. His
fourth degree, a Doctor of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship Development was awarded by Kenyatta University in 2008. In 2013, the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa, awarded him his fifth degree, a Master of Education, in Education Finance, Economics and Planning.


His teaching career started out as a Chemistry teacher in 1977. After his first degree, he served as a Principal at several Kenyan High Schools. He was then moved to the headquarters of the Kenyan Ministry of Education, where he served in different capacities, over time, including as (a) Provincial Director of Education, (b) Deputy Director of Staff Training and (c) Senior Deputy Director for Policy and Planning.

He has served as a Professor of Research Methods and Statistics at Moi University. He also worked as Director of Quality Assurance and Standards at the same institution. He is a consultant in Research, Organizational Leadership and Performance.

Other considerations

Professor Ayiro undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, in the United States, on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has published widely, with over twenty publications in his name.

Succession table as Vice-Chancellor of Daystar University

Preceded by
Prof James Kombo
June 2018 – February 2019
Vice Chancellor of Daystar University
March 2019 – present
Succeeded by