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Dr.Kiprop Lagat



Dr. Kiprop Lagat is the Director of Culture in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage. He holds a PhD in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Museology from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. His PhD thesis was on the memorialization of the 1998 Nairobi terror attack on the United States of America Embassy in Nairobi. He attained his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Nairobi in 1994.  Dr. Lagat has over 20 years of experience in the heritage sector and has participated in numerous projects focused on the research, documentation, preservation and curation of cultural practices and their associated heritage collections. He has previously worked as the Assistant Director in charge of the Nairobi National Museum and as a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the National Museums of Kenya.  As Director of Culture, his responsibility is mainly to coordinate policies and programmes aimed at the preservation, promotion, and revitalization of Kenya’s rich and diverse cultural heritage resources for nationhood and sustainable development.  Dr. Lagat has written and published on the arts and cultures of the people of Eastern Africa as well as processes of memorialization. One of his most recent publications include is entitled “The Artist Stimulus Programme: Cushioning the Cultural and Creative Industry Sector from the Adverse Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic.” Jahazi, Vol. 9, Issue 1, (2021): 55-60. Dr. Langat has also served in leadership roles. Between 2016 and 2017, he served as an Alternate Board Member of the National Museums of Kenya and is currently a Council Member of the Kenya Cultural Centre. He is also a previous Committee Member of the International Council of Museum’s Committee for Collecting (ICOM – COMCOL).


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