Shingai has extensive knowledge and experience in development management systems, change agency and development advocacy.He has intimate knowledge in the area of plain packaging legislation, anti-tobacco education, and anti-tobacco tax instruments.
In the past, Shingai has taught comparative politics and political philosophy in the Departments of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University and the Department of Political Science at the University of Fort Hare both in South Africa.
He has also worked as an evaluation consultant with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry in Kenya where he was involved in introducing effective rain water harvesting systems amongst the Maasai people resident in the Olepolos region of Kenya. This project was designed not only to improve and conserve domestic water consumption, and modern hygiene and to reduce soil erosion caused by overgrazing but also to introduce more sustainable ways of rearing livestock whilst introducing market gardening amongst the community. The project was carried out in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other development agencies and it extended to other communities across Kenya.
Other job experience includes work with the United Nations Office for Project Services and the IFAD Cluster where Shingai was instrumental in highlighting and publicizing the various development interventions and successes that UNOPS and the International Fund for Agricultural Development had achieved through the production of project briefs and bulletins as part of their Knowledge Management Cluster.
Shingai has a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) in the US, a MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics (LSE) and PHD in Political Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa