Dr. Edward Bikketti
Edward is an expert in natural resource management with extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation, characterization of various farming systems, diagnosis, and prioritizing farmer constraints, policy analysis, impact assessment – both ex-ante and ex-post, and gender incorporation in research. His expertise is drawn from over-a-decade stint as a Social Scientist in the socioeconomics and applied statistics programme at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). He has previously worked with the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR), of which he is an alumnus. He is a member of the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies network (WOCAT). He holds a B.A. degree in Sociology and Economics from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, an M.A. in Rural Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Dr. Lynette Lusike
Lynette is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies in Moi University. Her specialties include utilization of ICT for social media change; Media and governance; Participatory communication for rural development; and television and urban youth audiences. She has previously carried out various research projects funded by international organizations such as the British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Coimbra Group Programme and the 5th Moi University Research Fund. Her research findings have been published in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Dr. Lusike is currently undertaking a British Academy- funded project on UK-Africa Media and Democracy Research Network in collaboration with the University of Westminster. She holds an MPhil in Communication Studies and a PhD in Communication Studies both from Moi University.
Dr. Moses Mwangi
is a capacity building specialist with over ten years’ experience as a trainer in fields of Finance for Non Finance Managers; Organizational Development and Institutional Assessment; and Monitoring and Evaluation of systems for local and international Non-Governmental Organizations within the East and Central African region. He has carried out various Monitoring and Evaluation assignments funded by USAID, CIDA, EU and ADRA Norad. Dr. Mwangi has also developed strategic plans for trade facilitation for the East African Business Council, Shippers Council of East Africa, East African Federation of Freight Forwarders, Kenya Transport Association, Uganda Shippers Council, Tanzania Transport Owners Association, and Joint Border Committee of Tanzania among others. He holds a BA Hons in Economics from Kenyatta University, an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bcom and PhD in Transport Economics, both from the University of Johannesburg.
Dr. Peter N. Kiriri
Peter is a strategic management and monitoring and evaluation expert. He also has vast experience in Capacity Building in various fields of organizational development where he has worked as an associate consultant for various international organizations. Dr. Kiriri has worked and consulted for USAID EATH, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), MACEPA Zambia, Sight Savers International, Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), Path, DSW German, SADC, World Vision, Equity Bank, Toyota Tsusho, Kenya Institute of Management, AMREF, UNAIDS, Kenya Revenue Authority, Coalition of Media Against Malaria in Ethiopia (CMAME), Strategic Leadership International, Forum for Africa Women Educationists (FAWE) and JICA among others. Dr. Kiriri is a graduate of Business Management from the Graduate College of Management (GCM) of Southern Cross University, Australia. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi.
Andrew is an Information Technology Management Systems expert. He, under the auspices of the East African Community Secretariat, coordinated development of computerization project plan for East African Postal Administrations. He also managed and coordinated the implementation of a regional (East Africa) Money Transfer System for postal administrations for Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. He planned and developed a project document for implementation of Wide Area Network for Tanzania Posts Corporation. Andrew holders a Master of Business Administration degree in Management and Electronic Commerce from Charles Sturt University (London School of Commerce Campus), Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University, Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Electronic Commerce from London School of Commerce and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing, University of Dar es Salaam.
Charles is an engineer and a renewable energy specialist. He is the lead consultant at Altener – a Kenyan leading consulting firm that specializes in Applied R&D and Market Development of Solar Industrial Process Heat Applications. Some of the projects Charles has handled include: ADRA Somalia – Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies; Survey of the Domestic Solar Water Heating Market in Kenya, for Energy for Sustainable Development; Technical Feasibility of Incorporating Concentrated Solar Heat (CSH) into the Tea Drying Process at James Finlays (K) Limited and a Feasibility Study of Solar Heat Energy in 5 Tea Factories. He has also consulted for the Kenya Meat Commission. He previously worked for ASP Solar Limited as the Sales and Technical Manager, Wilken Communications as the Head of Solar Division and Solagen where he held the position of Production Engineer. Charles holds a Diploma and a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Kenya Polytechnic University College.
Edmund is East Africa’s leading expert in the design and implementation of Road Transport Quality Assurance, Health &Safety and Environmental Management programs. He has wide experience in the development and implementation of business management systems in accordance with international management standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Some of the international organizations in which he has held senior positions include Bollore Africa Logistics and Coca-Cola Company. He has led teams of experts in East Africa in plant installations for oil and gas, wind energy, hydropower and mining. His expertise in oil and gas project management has seen him design occupational health and safety systems for companies such as Total Exploration and Production, Apache Corporation, Woodside Energy and CNOOC. Edmund holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Nairobi.
Jerome is an expert in maritime management. He is particularly experienced in Port security, maritime safety and Port Logistics and management. His position as the Secretary General of the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa – PMAESA saw him supervise key projects in Maritime safety, port safety and management in many countries across Africa. He served for four years as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transports, Posts & Telecommunications of Burundi between 1994 and 1998. Other positions he has held include those of Director of Infrastructure Development at COMESA- Zambia and Executive Secretary of the Pan Africa Port Cooperation-PAPC. Jerome graduated with a Bachelor in Transport Management Engineering from Beijing, China and a Master in Transport Economics from Belgium.
Kennedy is a supply chain expert with in-depth experience in Logistics. He was the first Logistics Manager for the Kenya Ports Authority and has worked for world’s leading companies such as the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), where he was tasked with commandeering 70 per cent of freight traffic (both export and import) to East Africa. Kennedy helped set up a commercial office and implement the use of Through Land Bill of Landing in Zambia as the General Manager for P & O Nedlloyd. He also had a stint at Urgent Cargo Handling Kenya Limited as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Kennedy is a graduate of the East and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) – Strategic Management, in course programme for professionals taught with collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture from The Egerton University Kenya. He also holds two Diplomas, one in Shipping from The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – London and another in Clearing, Warehousing and Practical Freight Forwarding from the Bandari College-Kenya. He retains membership to the prestigious Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) – London.
Magdalena is an international trade policy expert with years of experience in both government and private sector. She was instrumental in developing Tanzania’s MIT Strategic Plan for 2011/12 – 2015/16. She also led the team that prepared the National Intellectual property Strategy and the National Intellectual Property Policy. Magdalena holds a Master’s in Business Administration in International Business & Management (MBA in IB&M) from The Hanze University Groningen (Netherlands), Masters of Arts in International Business (MA-IB) [Dual degree programme] from The Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA General) from The Open University of Tanzania.
Nelly is a burgeoning expert in International Trade and Investment. She has worked as an intern with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where she served as a rapporteur in various Ministerial Workshops namely: the National Committee on World Trade Organization and the National Consultation Workshop on Trade in Services. She was also tasked with preparing Bilateral Trade Briefs for the ministry. Her other previous positions include those of Administrator with the American International Group- Kenya (AIG) and Intern Investment Advisor for Dry Associates Investment Bank Limited. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently finalizing her MBA in International Business Management at the University of Nairobi.
Paul is an International Trade and Transport Facilitation expert with in-depth hands-on experience in Tax Revenue Administration. His previous positions include those of Assistant Program Officer Customs and Trade Facilitation at the Transit Transport Coordination Authority of the Northern Corridor (TTCA-NC), Customs Specialist- Uganda Revenue Authority and Lecturer in the East African School of Taxation. He also worked as a short-term consultant in the Institutional Support Project for the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Liberia- funded by the African Development Bank. Paul holds a Bachelor of Statistics (Hons) from Makerere University, Certificate in Training of Trainers from Crown Agents and Master in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom.
Raphael is an economic planner with international experience. He is a Lecturer in School of Economics, University of Nairobi and previously worked for the Government of Kenya as a Technical Advisor – Ministry of Water and Irrigation, under the Kenya Water and Sanitation Programme (KWSP). He also worked as an Economist/Planning Officer in Kenya Nordic Cooperative Development Programme and as an Economist/Planning Officer- -Development Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development. Raphael led teams in his capacity in projects funded by DFID, World Bank and UNDP among others. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Economics and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economic Planning, both from the University of Glasgow, U.K.
Simon is a governance and policy Development specialist with a career spanning over 18 years. He has undertaken a number of trainings and international benchmarking on governance and policy frameworks. He joined the Office of the President as a Programme Officer in the Directorate of Personnel Management and later held positions of the Principal Programme Officer (Public Sector Reforms) and Assistant Inspector General of State Corporations respectively. Simon has been in the forefront in the furtherance of governance and policy reforms in Kenya and has been a major contributor to key government policies. These include the Kenya government Policy on ‘Ministerial Rationalization and Staff Right-sizing’, decentralization of Teacher Management Services in Kenya (a World Bank funded initiative) and the recent development of a mechanism for single sector regulators. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Sociology from Kenyatta University and a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management from Kingston University (UK).