African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a leading Intergovernmental STI policy Think Tank which was established in 1988. ACTS is based in Nairobi through a host agreement with the Kenya Government and enjoys international status. ACTS’ governing council depicts its international status. It has representation from Ghana (current chair), Ethiopia, Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire, UK, Sweden, COMESA, NEPAD and the East African Science and Technology Commission. The Vision of ACTS is – Knowledge for Better Livelihoods, whereas the mission is to strengthen the capacity of African countries and institutions to harness Science, Technology and Innovation for sustainable development. Over the last 30 years, ACTS has been instrumental in enlarging the range of policy choices for sustainable development in Africa through high quality research. For example, ACTS’ work influenced patent industrial property legislation and policy (Kenya); environmental impact assessment standards (Eastern and Southern Africa); bio-energy and biofuels policy (Eastern and West Africa); agricultural policy, bio-diplomacy, biotechnology and biosafety (Africa-wide); and climate change adaptation and mitigation (Africa-wide). ACTS was the first to organize an international conference to discuss options that African countries could adopt to mitigate the impact of climate change and also played a major role in the negotiation for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Dr. Joel Onyango
Joel has worked for years in research and management with a focus on science technology and innovation; climate change adaptation and mitigation; water quality, security and access; food security, entrepreneurship and markets, and sustainable development. Joel did his PhD research on effects of agricultural development on resources pollution, and has current research interest in governance of transformation. Joel has published extensively in climate smart innovations and entrepreneurship, inclusive innovation policy, and water resources degradation. Joel is a team leader at the African Researchers Consortium – an organization focusing on bespoke research for inclusive innovation and enterprise development; and a research fellow at African Centre for Technology Studies on governance of sociotechnical transformations and inclusive low emission development pathways. Joel also leads the Africa Sustainability Hub (ASH) Young Scholars Academy programme.
Egerton University (EU)
Vision: A world class university for the advancement of humanity
Mission: To generate knowledge and offer exemplary education and training to society for national and global development
Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton. The University is the premier Agricultural public University in Kenya gazetted in 1987, through an Act of Parliament and accredited by Commission for University Education (CUE) in 2013 after the amendment of the University Education Act in 2012. However, the university has broadened to other areas of research and teaching such as natural resources, applied sciences, education, computer science, medical sciences, engineering and business studies. The University’s main campus is located at Njoro, about 180 Kms northwest of Nairobi off Njoro-Mau Narok road. The famous Lake Nakuru, the home of beautiful lesser flamingoes is only 27 Kms away. The University has 2 constituent Colleges which are; Kenyatta Campus and Nakuru Town Campus College. Egerton University is renowned for:
- Excellent academic programmes.
- World class Lecturers.
- World class electronic library resources.
- Well-equipped laboratories.
- Quality accommodation for both local and international students.
- Pristine environment for learning and green atmosphere which is good for studies.
- Wide variety of recreational facilities.
- Secure environment within campus and the surrounding.
- Opportunities for Scholarships though limited to excellent students
- Work study programme limited to needy students.
For more information about Egerton University visit: http://www.egerton.ac.ke/
Prof. Nzula Kitaka; Director, Board Member and Vice President of Africa-UniNet
Nzula Kitaka is an associate professor and a researcher of “Aquatic/Water Science” in the department of Biological Science, Egerton University, Kenya. Prof Kitaka graduated from University of Nairobi, Kenya with a B.Ed. Sc. (Hons) Botany & Zoology in 1985 and M.Sc. Hydrobiology in 1993. Kitaka attended a 9 months International Post –Graduate Course on Limnology at the Institute of Limnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1992. She obtained a PhD in 2001 at the Faculty of Medicine & Biological Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, specializing in Limnology.
Prof Kitaka has been involved in several collaborative research projects either as a PI or researcher; among them, Country Manager in 2003 and a researcher in the European Union INCO-DEV Fingerponds project on integrated Aquaculture in East African Wetlands geared towards improving the livelihoods of the wetland communities without harming the natural environment; Researcher in the Dutch Government funded projects under DUPC in collaboration with UNESCO-IHE- ECOLIVE (Ecology of livelihoods in Nyando Wetlands); PI in Environmental Flows for the People and Ecosystem in the Mara River Basin (MaraFlows Project) and PI in “Co-Management of Wetland Ecosystems and Irrigation for enhancing livelihood in Lake Victoria Basins”; Researcher and Kenyan Project coordinator of “An Earth Observation and Integrated Assessment EOIA) Approach to the Governance of Lake Naivasha, Kenya” project which was a collaborative research between Egerton University & University of Twente-ITC (Funded by WOTRO); A Technical Director in the “Transboundary Water for Biodiversity in the Mara River Basin, Kenya” project, contracted by The Florida International University Board of Trustees; a Team leader of “Nile Ecosystems Valuation for wise-Use” (Nile-Eco-VWU) funded by CGIR in collaboration with other 6 institute in Africa and Europe among others.
Kitaka was one of the founders of “Tropical Limnology Course” (Troplimno – a three weeks course from 2004- 2008) in collaboration with Austrian Academy of Sciences. The course evolved becoming one of the major regional programmes in training water scientists and managers. Prof Kitaka has been one of the coordinators in the initial Limnology of Wetland Ecosystems (LWE) of UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands (2009-2012) which transformed to a Joint Degree in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) in Collaboration with Egerton University, BOKU & UNESCO/IHE- Delft from 2012 to date and newly launched Joint Master’s Degree in Ecosystem Aquatic & Ecosystem and Environment Management (AEEM) in partnership with Egerton University, Addis Ababa University (AAU), Bahir Dar University (BDU) and Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), majorly funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). These programmes have provided in-depth insight in translation of theoretical knowledge into practical approach to enhance research skills towards wise use of aquatic systems and ecosystems services for livelihoods enhancement, particularly in tropical systems in developing countries.
In 2013 & 2018, Kitaka partnered with Loughborough University in UK to host the 36th and 41st WEDC International conferences at Egerton University Prof Kitaka has been involved in professional networking and advocacy in the region through Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA), launched in December 2003 with the support of the ADC as a former Secretary and national Chair. EAWA intensified regional and international collaboration in water sciences and technology in order to tackle the local societal challenges in water and sanitation, particularly in enhancing linkages between communities, water scientist and policy makers. She has also been a member of ARCA-Net Consortium: Alumni Raising Crises-&-Conflict Awareness in 2005-2010. ARCA-Net was a consortium of worldwide professionals from different sectors in partnership with Free, Humboldt, and Technical Universities in Berlin & Max Plank Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law addressing issues related to Nexus of Natural Resources and conflicts: Prevention & Resolutions, Coping strategies focusing on different cases worldwide.
She was one of the lead persons on the Info Dev Growing Innovator and World Bank project which developed “East Africa Climate Innovation Network” (EACIN) a collaboration initiative of Egerton University, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE), University of Dar es Salaam, National Agricultural Laboratories (NARL), Uganda, Practical Action East Africa, Rwanda & University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Funded by World Bank)
On Policy advisory, Prof Kitaka was appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) for the ERA Net “SPLASH” project: European Union Water Initiative European Research Area Network (EU-WI Era-Net) ERAC-CT-2006-036268 and was a Council member for the Kenyan National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) 2010-2013 which transformed to “National Commission for Science & Technology (NACOSTI). In 2014 Kitaka was appointed a member of the National Steering Committee for NETFUND Green Innovations Award (NETFUND-GIA) under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
Prof Nzula Kitaka is one of the directors of Local Ocean Conservation (LOC-WTW) protecting Sea Turtles in Watamu, Kenya. She has supervised several masters and PhD students and published widely in referred journals, publications and book chapters
Kibabii University (KIBU)
Kibabii University is a Public University situated in the Western Region of Kenya in Bungoma, County. It is one of the fast growing and dynamic Universities in Kenya, in the region and globally. The University Vision is to be a dynamic, global University of excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation. Its Mission is to achieve excellence in generation, transmission and enhancement of new knowledge in Science, Technology and Innovation through quality Teaching, Research, Training, Scholarship, Consultancy and Outreach programmes. Kibabii University was established to directly or in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning and stakeholders to provide facilities for university education (including technological, scientific and professional education), the integration of teaching, research and effective application of knowledge and skills to the life, work and welfare of the citizens of Kenya. Other mandates include: to participate in the research, transmission, preservation and enhancement of knowledge and to stimulate intellectual participation of students in the economic, social, cultural, scientific and technological development of Kenya; and to provide and advance university education and training to appropriately qualified candidates leading to the conferment of degrees and awards of diplomas and certificates to contribute to manpower needs. The University engages in the discovery of new knowledge and skills that address scientific, socio-economic and technological concerns nationally, regionally and internationally. The activities of the Austrian-African Research Network including teaching and training, mentorship, internship/placement, research and innovation, and resource mobilization, through strategic partnerships therefore fall within the realms of the University mandate. Kibabii University will therefore contribute immensely towards the scientific discourse and share its research outputs with other stakeholders within the Africa-UniNet.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation) email@example.com
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua is a full Professor of Water Resources, Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering. He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning, Partnerships, Research and Innovation) at Kibabii University, Kenya. He obtained his PhD in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from the Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) Wien (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. He obtained his MEng. Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia where he specialised in Hydraulics Engineering. He also obtained another MSc. in Water Resources Engineering from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel where he Specialised in Water Resources Engineering and Systems Management). He obtained his BSc. in Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University, Kenya. In addition, Prof. Dr. Ing-Benedict M. Mutua obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resources Management from Tel Aviv University, Israel and a Diploma in Soil and Water Engineering from Egerton University, Kenya. He has also done a number of Postdoctoral Research studies in different countries. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua started his teaching and research career in 1990 at Egerton University, Kenya. He has a wealth of experience in teaching, research, administration and Project Management. He is currently the Team Leader and Principal Investigator for a number of on-going European Commission funded projects (Under Erasmus+) including the AHEAD Project at Kibabii University, the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) between BOKU and Egerton University in Kenya. He jointly with Faculty from BOKU University, Vienna Austria completed EU funded Projects under the 6th and 7th EU Frame Work namely; Waterman Project focusing on Water Resources Management in Eastern Africa, ROSA Project focusing on Resource Oriented Sanitation and reuse of treated wastewater in Eastern and Western Africa; CLARA Project focusing on Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas in the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Africa.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua’s research interests include and not limited to; Applied Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics, Water Resources Engineering, Climate Change and Applied Hydrology. He is experienced in the application of Hydraulics and Hydrological models in solving Water Resources challenges in River Basins, Flood prediction, Drought assessment and forecasting as well as in Climate and Land use change studies. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua is involved in a number of Community outreach and Extension Services especially in the area of Water, Sanitation, Health and Education. He has recently developed a Simplified Planning Tool (SPT) for Integrated Water Supply and Sanitation in Small and Fast growing Towns in Kenya. He has presented his research work in many international conferences. He has supervised many postgraduate students both at MSc., PhD and Postdoctoral levels and has published several scientific articles in reputable Journals. He has also published a number of books and book chapters. He has been invited as a Visiting Professor in many Universities globally. He is currently serving as a member of the Jury Board at the Pan African University (PAU) at Tlemcen University, Algeria in the Water Engineering Programmes. He is a member of several International, Regional and National Professional bodies. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board in a number of International Journals. He is also a member of several International Scientific Conference Committees. He is an External Examiner for several Universities. He has won several European Union, African Union, Regional, National and other Internationally funded research projects. He has traveled widely and has collaborative research activities and joint postgraduate students’ supervision in several countries. He has been trained in many professional short courses both nationally and internationally. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua has received several recognitions as a Professor, Mentor, Manager, Administrator, Leader and Researcher. He desires to continually provide an all-inclusive leadership with a focus built on three (3) pillars namely; the People, Processes and Products.
Maseno University (MSU)
Maseno University stands out as a modern chartered Institution of higher learning set up to advance teaching, learning, research and development that responds to the emerging socio-economic as well as technological and innovation needs of Kenya and the Eastern African Region. Established as a fully fledged University in 2000 and by 2019 had a student population of 21000.
The University offers undergraduate and post-graduate programs in different disciplines at the following schools: School of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Biological & Physical Sciences, School of Public Health and Community Development, School of Environment and Earth Sciences, School of Development and Strategic Studies, School of Business and Economics, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Agriculture and Food Security, School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, School of Computing and Informatics, School of Planning & Architecture and School of Graduate Studies. The mode of learning in most schools is face to face. However, some schools also have e-learning as a mode of learning.
Joining the Afri-Uninet will provide opportunities for Maseno University to strengthen capacity in teaching and research; Get actively involved in research and technology transfer within the Afri-Uninet network . This will help the Institution and Kenya as a country to move towards the achievement of vision 2030 and sustainable development goals.
Within the Afri-Uninet research network , Maseno University brings an array of research opportunities in areas such as limnology, water resources and water sports tourism since the Institution is situated within the shores of Lake Victoria. As a result of its proximity to Kakamega Tropical Rainforest, there are opportunities for researchers keen on ornithology, Primate research and Ecotourism. Kakamega Forest exhibits habitat rarity and rich biodiversity for birds, primates, plants and other forms of life. Being located on the equator, there are several research opportunities for tropical medicine diseases such as malaria. Other research opportunities include agriculture and food security, renewable energy and climate change, tourism and climate change among others.
The University has active linkages and partnership with local and international Institutions such as University of Nairobi, Kenya Medical Research Institute, several universities in Europe and United states of America.
Dr. Oscar Kambona Ouma
Kambona Oscar Ouma, a Kenyan by nationality, born in 1968 in the shores of Lake Victoria, Mfangano Island, holds a Doctor of natural sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geography from the University of Salzburg, Austria. His doctoral thesis is entitled: Environmental Protection, Ecotourism and Rural Livelihoods: The case of the Kakamega Forest Region, Kenya. Since then, he has developed research interest and analytical skills in conservation of protected areas and livelihoods of host communities. He has also shown keen research interest in recreation ecology impacts with special focus on the use and sustainability of trails. He is trained in trail auditing by the World Trails Network and a member of the Network’s trail sustainability task force. As a result of his research interest in protected area conservation, Dr. Kambona is an appointed expert member of the IUCN – Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS). As an academic, he is a Senior Lecturer in Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism and Conservation in the Department of Ecotourism, Hotel and Institution Management (ECOHIM) of Maseno University, Kenya. Dr. Kambona has a wealth of administrative experience having worked as the Chairman of ECOHIM Department for about 10 years. He has successfully supervised over 15 post graduate students at doctoral and masters level. He is widely published in the area of Hospitality, Tourism and Sustainable Tourism. Internationally, he has travelled widely attending learned conferences in the area of his research interest. He has demonstrated corporate social responsibility having been a member of school management boards and currently an appointed expert member of the Public Service Board of Kisumu County.
Turkana University College (TUC)
Turkana University College was established through a Kenya Government Legal Notice No.8 of 2017 and gazetted and inaugurated on 27th January 2017. It is situated along the Lodwar-Kitale Highway and is 7 kilometres from Lodwar town and about 500 kilometres from Nairobi. It is located within Turkana county which borders with South Sudan to the north, Uganda to the West and Ethiopia to the northwest. The university college takes prode in being Kenya’s first public university to be established in the vast North Western region of the country within the Lake Turkana Basin which is world famous for being the cradle of mankind. Thus, within the cradle of mankind has emerged the “Cradle of Knowledge” in science, technology and innovation in the name of Turkana University College. The core values that define our operations are: Collaboration- At Turkana University College, we believe in working with others to achieve our goals. Optimism- At Turkana University College, we are hopeful, encouraging and courageous. Integrity-At Turkana University College, we uphold an honest, transparent and responsible approach to our operations. Ubuntu- At Turkana University College, we always seek to establish a mutually compassionate, supportive and humane connectedness among individuals. Collegiality-At Turkana University College, we cherish friendly and cooperative interactions among members to build productive relationships among them.
Prof. Dr. Fredrick Kassily (Turkana University College)
Prof. Dr. Fredrick Nyongesa Kassilly is a Biodiversity Fellow of the United Nations University, a North-South Dialogue Scholar and a Professor of Conservation Biology. He holds Post-Doctorate training in Biodiversity Conservation from the United Nations University, Tokyo (2003). This is in addition to an MSc degree in Applied Leadership and Management from the Management University of Africa, Nairobi (2015), a Doctorate degree (Dr. Rer. Nat) in Conservation Biology from the Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (2001), an MSc degree in Ethology (1993) and a BSc (Hons) degree in Range Management (1988), both from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). Prof. Dr. Kassilly joined Turkana University College in July 2019 as Deputy Principal in charge of Academics and Student affairs. He possesses 26 years’ experience in university teaching, research, learner mentorship, curriculum development, implementation and review. He has 20 years hands-on experience in academic leadership and administration in tertiary training colleges. At Turkana University College , he is responsible for Academics and Student Affairs including: developing, monitoring and evaluating of training curricula, establishing strategic linkages and collaborations with other institutions, hiring, supervising, mentoring and appraising of teaching staff, preparing regular academic reports, and preparing and implementing the institute’s academic calendar and budget. He is also responsible for quality assurance in the admission, teaching and evaluation of students, and ensuring general welfare of students’ welfare including provision of hostel, catering, games and sporting activities for students and for enforcing the students’ code of conduct.
Prof. Dr. Kassilly is not only a member of several professional associations but he also holds membership to a number of quasi-professional groups offering community services in the fields of education, youth empowerment, and nature conservation for poverty eradication. He is widely travelled and has attended several local, regional and international conferences/Workshops/Seminars. He has extensively researched and published several papers in reputable international journals in the field of human dimensions of nature conservation and is currently a peer reviewer for leading international journals in the field of conservation biology. He is currently serving as an external examiner for undergraduate examinations and as a thesis examiner for post-graduate students at several universities.