Prof. Violet Naanyu

Board Member

Violet Naanyu is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), Moi University, Kenya. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor, Aga Khan University, Nairobi and a senior social scientist at AMPATH Program (, Eldoret Kenya.

She serves as Co-Field Director of Research, Indiana University-Kenya Program, in Eldoret, a Founder of the AMPATH Qualitative Research Core (AQRC), a Member, Africa Ethics Working Group (AEWG), a Member, National Bioethics Committee, National Commission for Science Technology and Innovations (NACOSTI), Kenya, and Co-Chair, Indigenous Populations Working Group (IPWG), Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

Prof. Naanyu’s training is in medical sociology, medical anthropology and global bioethics. Her research focus has been on understanding, evaluating, and addressing individual, structural, and socio-cultural factors affecting illness and health, including both qualitative inquiry and quantitative approaches. She is also particularly interested in global bioethics and collaborative evaluations designed to improve research in resource-limited settings. She has been involved in research activities carried out in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Gambia and South Africa.