Dr. Kamau Gachigi is the Executive Director of the Gearbox. Until recently, he headed the University of Nairobi (UoN) Science and Technology Park, at which over 15 technology businesses are currently incubated. He also established and headed the Fab Lab at UoN, which is part of the international Fab Lab network started at MIT. He himself is involved in a number of start-ups outside UoN.
He has been a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering since 1999, where he teaches Materials Science. His areas of research include producing activated carbon from waste and value addition of ores. He holds a US patent in electronic materials for a biomedical device, has published 10 scientific papers, 17 papers on technology and innovation, including a book chapter published by the University of Texas. He spent 2.5 years in Japan as a researcher at TDK and his doctorate is in Solid State Science from Penn State University.