Dr Danson Kimani

Visiting Fellow
Essex Business School
Dr Danson Kimani



Danson joined the Essex Business School in October 2018, as a Lecturer in Accounting, and where he has teaching responsibilities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to joining the University of Essex, Danson was a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Buckingham. He has also previously held lectureship roles in other institutions, including: Mount Kenya University (Kenya), The Open University (UK) and Oxford Brookes University (UK). Danson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance major) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (Kenya), Master of Banking & Finance (Financial Markets) from Moi University (Kenya), Master of Research in Management & Business (Accounting and Finance Track) from The Open University (UK), and PhD in Accounting and Finance from The Open University (UK). He also holds certificates of competence in three professional accounting softwares, including: (i) QuickBooks; (ii) Sage; and (iii) Pastel. His research centers on accounting and corporate governance in developing & emerging economies contexts. Specifically, he focusses on the workings of Western-originated accounting innovations and governance systems within vigorous institutional (traditionalist) environments of developing/emerging economies. In addition, Danson has pro bono advisory role in a small African third sector organisation – The Grow Movement – on entrepreneurial finance for small business owners in Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. He has also previously worked as a Finance Officer at Betcan Trading Company (Kenya) Limited, as well as a Finance Trainee with Fresh Del Monte (Kenya) Incorporated and Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company Limited. His stint in the latter two organisations also provided him with immense exposure to various aspects of private and public sector accounting, respectively. Outside of work, Danson enjoys playing squash and going to the gym, and occasionally challenging himself to a 10K run.


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,

  • Master of Banking and Finance (Financial Markets) Moi University,

  • Master of Research (Management and Business) The Open University,

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Advance HE (Higher Education Academy),

  • Fellow of AIA - FAIA (Acad) Association of International Accountants (AIA),

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Accounting and Finance) The Open University,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Corporate governance in emerging economies

Key words: Board efficiency; Codes of corporate governance; State-owned enterprises (SOEs)
Open to supervise

Tax accounting

Key words: Tax administration; Taxpayer attitudes; Tax literacy; Transfer pricing

Emerging technologies and innovations in accounting

Key words: Blockchain; Big data; Artificial intelligence; XBRL; Disruptive technologies
Open to supervise

Accounting for the environment

Key words: Biodiversity accounting; Extinction accounting; Social & Environmental accounting
Open to supervise

Public sector accounting and accountability

Key words: Public sector reforms; Government financial resilience

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Auditing (BE132)

  • Taxation Policy and Practice (BE142)


Journal articles (10)

Kimani, D., Ullah, S., Kodwani, D. and Akhtar, P., (2021). Analysing corporate governance and accountability practices from an African neo-patrimonialism perspective: Insights from Kenya. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 78, 102260-102260

Ullah, S., Zaefarian, G., Ahmed, R. and Kimani, D., (2021). How to apply the event study methodology in STATA: An overview and a step-by-step guide for authors. Industrial Marketing Management. 99, A1-A12

Attah-Boakye, R., Adams, K., Kimani, D. and Ullah, S., (2020). The impact of board gender diversity and national culture on corporate innovation: A multi-country analysis of multinational corporations operating in emerging economies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 161, 120247-120247

Kimani, D., Adams, K., Attah-Boakye, R., Ullah, S., Frecknall-Hughes, J. and Kim, J., (2020). Blockchain, business and the fourth industrial revolution: Whence, whither, wherefore and how?. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 161, 120254-120254

Rudkin, B., Kimani, D., Ullah, S., Ahmed, R. and Farooq, SU., (2019). Hide-and-seek in corporate disclosure: evidence from negative corporate incidents. Corporate Governance. 19 (1), 158-175

Areneke, G. and Kimani, D., (2019). Value relevance of multinational directorship and cross-listing on MNEs national governance disclosure practices in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Nigeria. Journal of World Business. 54 (4), 285-306

Areneke, G., Yusuf, F. and Kimani, D., (2019). Anglo-American governance adoption in non-Anglo-American settings. Managerial Auditing Journal. 34 (4), 486-514

Ullah, S., Kimani, D., Bai, Y. and Ahmed, R., (2018). Assessing the design of accounting modules across UK higher educational institutions. Cogent Business and Management. 5 (1), 1510717-1510717

Areneke, G., Kimani, D., Yusuf, F., Kodwani, D. and Viney, H., (2017). Global Diffusion of Anglo-American Governance:Evaluating Responses Across Three Emerging Economies. Academy of Management Proceedings. 2017 (1), 10931-10931

Kimani, D., Viney, H. and Kodwani, D., (2015). Corporate Governance in Less Developed Countries. Academy of Management Proceedings. 2015 (1), 14377-14377

Book chapters (1)

Areneke, G., Khlif, W., Kimani, D. and Soobaroyen, T., Do corporate governance codes matter in Africa?. In: Handbook of Corporate Decision Making. Editors: Marnet, O., . Edward Elgar Publishing

Media (11)

Kimani, D., How mentors are helping Malawi’s women entrepreneurs (openDemocracy). Image

Soobaroyen, T., Kimani, D., Nyaega, O., Karanja, JN. and Kiprono, G., Rethink board accountability to boost parastatal governance (Business Daily Africa). Image

Karanja, JN., Soobaroyen, T., Kimani, D. and Kiprono, G., Regular audits that improve governance of parastatals (Business Daily Africa). Image

Soobaroyen, T. and Kimani, D., Believing in business in emerging economies (The Louder Than Words Podcast, Episode 26). Audio

Kimani, D., Why shareholders are vital cog in corporate governance wheel (Business Daily Africa). Image

Kimani, D., Embrace virtual AGMs to end shareholder apathy (Business Daily Africa). Image

Soobaroyen, T. and Kimani, D., Tie State agencies to governance that delivers growth (Business Daily Africa). Image

Kimani, D., Why corporate reforms falter: some insights from Kenya (The Conversation). Image

Kimani, D., How companies can refine their virtual annual general meetings (Business Daily Africa). Image

Kimani, D., How mentors are helping Malawi’s women entrepreneurs (openDemocracy).. Image

Kimani, D. and Areneke, G., African multinationals bring home much more than profits (The Conversation). Image

Other (1)

Kimani, D., 'Designing an Effective Board Compensation Committee' Invited presentation as part of Continuing Professional Development training for Kenyan registered company secretaries, organised by The Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS), online webinar, 01/03/2021.

Grants and funding


Causes of Maternal Mortality in Botswana: An Exploratory Study

University of Essex (GCRF)



Colchester Campus