Nickson O. Kakiri is a Deaf Kenyan graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington DC, USA. Born and raised in Kangeso Village, Rongo District of Nyanza Province in Kenya, he is the present chair of the Kenya National Association of the Deaf (KNAD), a grassroots national organization of the Deaf advocating for the linguistic rights of Deaf Kenyans. Mr Kakiri was also the first recipient of the Nippon Foundation-funded World Deaf Leaders Scholar program at Gallaudet University. He was a PSO Netherlands junior professional and a disability mainstream development advisor at Volunteer Service Overseas’ (VSO) Mongolia Disability mainstreaming effort.
Previously, Mr Kakiri has had a short-term consultation experience with the Kenya Ministry of Education’s special needs education, Liverpool VCT, Care and Treatment and United Disabled Persons of Kenya. Apart from doing surveys on “Development Assistances Desired by the Deaf Kenyans” and “How Deaf Women in Kenya View Empowerment by Education”, he has co-presented papers on Deaf people in developing countries, and was also part of the Kenya National Disability Survey team that was commissioned by Government of Kenya.
Prior to his Bachelor’s education in the US, he had worked with South Nyanza Association of the Deaf as a Secretary General for 6 years, during which time he contributed significantly to the development of the association. He also co-founded Global Deaf Connection, which is currently based in the US. He advocates for inclusive policies to enable equal participation of people with disabilities and Deaf in society.
Mr Kakiri is currently pursuing Master’s studies in Development at the University of Nairobi, and is interested in International law as well as development issues concerning people with disabilities.