Skip to main content

A Rhodes Scholar, Professor Kenneth K. Mwenda serves as the Manager and Executive Head of the World Bank Voice Secondment Program (VSP) at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA. He also serves concurrently as Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa. At the World Bank, Professor Mwenda has served previously as Senior Counsel in both the Legal Vice-Presidency and Integrity Vice-Presidency.

With a balanced dual career in international development and academia, Professor Mwenda has also held the esteemed position of Extraordinary Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in addition to serving as Adjunct Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington DC as well as Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Lusaka in Zambia. In the UK, Professor Mwenda served as a law professor at the University of Warwick before joining the World Bank. Further, he has held Visiting Professorships in Law at several universities in Europe and Africa, including Miskolc University in Hungary and the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. Professor Mwenda is the author and editor of thirty scholarly books and over a hundred peer-reviewed articles in leading law journals and reviews. He holds, among many other qualifications, the esteemed and rarely awarded Higher Doctorate Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Rhodes University in South Africa. He also holds a second Higher Doctorate, the degree of Doctor of Science in Economics (DSc(Econ)), from the University of Hull. Professor Mwenda’s PhD, earned from the University of Warwick, is in the field of Corporate and Securities Law. In 2019, he was awarded Zambia’s highest civilian honour, the President’s Insignia of Meritorious Achievement (PIMA). A US and UK-Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS and ICA), Professor Mwenda holds additionally management and leadership qualifications from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, INSEAD, Cornell University, Kellogg, London Business School and Georgetown University, respectively.

Mwenda became an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College in 2023.