Dr. Martin Odhiambo Ouma is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Diplomacy and International Studies (DDIS). He is a holder of a Ph.D. in peace and conflict studies and a distinguished scholar with wide experience both in administration and in the field of academia (university teaching and research) at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. His key thematic areas of teaching and competency include academic research in International Studies with a specialty in international security, strategic studies, and diplomacy, areas under which he has taught, mentored, and supervised several PhDs, Masters, Post Graduate Diploma and undergraduate students in many different universities and institutions of higher learning.
As a member of a number of departmental committees of the Department of Diplomacy and International Studies of the University of Nairobi (Curriculum review committee, Postgraduate Committee, Research, and publication committee, Guidance, mentorship and counseling for the students, DDIS Strategic Planning committee, Integration & Values committee, college of Humanity and Social Sciences editorial board committee, etc.), Dr. Ouma has mentored several students in the field of academia, career and other aspects of social life. Some of the students have since taken up senior positions in various organizations both locally and internationally including among others, teaching at various universities and colleges.
As a researcher, conference speaker, International security expert, and a member of the Diplomacy Scholars Association of Kenya (DIPSAK,), Dr. Ouma has also been involved in several consultancy works and research projects both in Kenya and in other parts of the world, some of which are now having positive impacts on the lives of the locals and more so in the conflict-ravaged regions of the Southern Saharan Africa and some parts of the Middle East Region.
In the spirit of giving back to society, Dr. Ouma has been involved a lot in several non-for-profit community projects across the country (Kenya). Some of these projects that cut across the socio-economic divide, ranging from education, religion and environmental have had a lot of positive impact towards sustainable development among the target communities and to the world over. Every successful person has chosen to follow a philosophy based on his or her core values. As a staunch Christian, Dr. Ouma`s philosophy in life that has shaped him to be a servant leader to all has been