About Us

The Blue Economy Innovation Hub (BEI Hub) is a platform for multidisciplinary and participatory action research, anchored on the principles of Human Centred Design and Triple Helix Approach, to co-create solutions to real societal challenges. It is based at the School of Business in Technical University of Mombasa.

BEI Hub's Objective

To provide a state of the art platform for Social Innovation in the Blue Economy, using Human Centred Design Principles and Triple Helix Approach.

Key Concepts in Our Approach

  • 01 Social Innovation

    "It is the process of developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systematic social and environmental issues in support of social progress… It is not the prerogative or privilege of any organisational form or legal structure. Solutions often require the active collaboration of constituents across government, business, and the non-profit world". – The Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • "The sustainable use of aquatic and marine spaces including oceans, seas, coasts, lakes, rivers and underground water. It encompasses a range of productive sectors, including fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, transport, shipbuilding, energy, bio prospecting and under water mining and related activities" – Vision 2030 Third Medium Term Plan 2018-2022

  • "It is a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. It is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world." – IDEO.org

  • "A concept that emerged in 1990s by Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, interpreting the shift towards a growing overlapped relationship between the spheres of University-Industry-Government in the context of the knowledge society… It underlies that innovation and economic development depend on a more important role for the university and in the hybridisation of actors from university, industry and government to generate new institutional architectures for the generation, exchange and application of knowledge" – Triple Helix Research Group

Key Outputs

Key Outputs

Research Insights

Research insights through publications tailored to various stakeholders (Reports, Policy Briefs, Journal and Conference Papers)

Actual Interventions

Actual interventions that improve lives in the society or processes in organizations (Especially at the Kenyan Coast)


Events (webinars, seminars, workshops, boot camps, hackathons)


Meet our Team

Dr. Mathew M. Egessa

Innovation & Information Systems Expert

Dr. Cosmas N. Munga

Fisheries Expert

Talib I. Mohammed

Maritime Technology and Safety Expert

Leah W. Gitonga

Maritime Transport Expert

Kenneth Kagoiya

Marine Network Technologies Expert

Atieno Kochumba .T

Information Specialist


Meet our Advisors

Dr. Tonny Omwansa

CEO - Kenya Innovation Agency (KeNIA)

Stanley N. Chai

Advisor on Blue Economy, Executive Office of the President


Contact Us

Technical University of Mombasa

Tom Mboya Street Tudor, Mombasa