Key Personnel - Staff

Benard Muok, PhD - Acting Executive Director

Dr. Benard Muok

Dr. Benard Muok is currently the Acting Executive Director and Director of Programmes at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). He is also the Project Manager, Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES) of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). PISCES is a 5 year initiative funded by the U.K's Department for International Development (DFID). The purpose of PISCES is to develop new knowledge and policies promoting energy access and livelihoods through bioenergy. The project is being implemented in India, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka and UK. Among other activities PISCES project is spear bioenergy policy development in all the partner countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and India).

Dr Muok holds a PhD from Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan and both MSc and BSc degrees in Forestry from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. He has a certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and registered by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) as Lead Expert No. 2947. He is a commonwealth fellow in Bioenergy and Climate Change at the University of Edinburgh, UK and also holds an International Diploma in Conservation at the Royal Botanical Garden, Kew/National Museums of Kenya. In terms of work he has about 20 years experience in research and management of natural resources focusing on science technology innovation, environmental conservation, sustainable development, forestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy access, food security, policy analysis and development.

Dr. Muok is the National Chairman, Kenya National Biofuel Policy Committee – Spearhead development of Biofuel Policy in Kenya by engaging stakeholders and policy makers. His responsibilities include identification of stakeholders, convening meetings of stakeholders, drafting the policy document, educating and influencing policy makers such as senior government officials, parliamentarians through policy briefs and advocacy. He started his career with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute where he rose to the level of a Senior Research Officer and managed several national and bilateral. He has successfully managed several projects at national, regional and international level. He has conducted several consultancies and published extensively in international journals and books.

Prof. Norman Clark

StaffNorman Clark is Professor of Innovation Systems and Development at the Open University, UK, and Director of Research and Technical Adviser to the Director at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi. Previously he was Vice Chancellor of Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya, and before that Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at the University of Strathclyde where he is now an Emeritus Professor.

He is a development economist specialising in science, technology and innovation policy issues with particular relevance to Third World problems, a field in which he has published extensively. He has lived and worked in many countries with particular concentration on Kenya, Nigeria and India. Previously he held academic posts at the Universities of Glasgow and Sussex. While at Sussex he acted as the Founding Director of Graduate Studies at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) where he worked for some 15 years and now holds the post of Honorary Professor. He has also acted as Founding Director of the Technology Planning and Development Unit, University of Ife, Nigeria; Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Director of the Capacity Development Programme at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).

In addition to normal academic activities he has had some 35 years experience as an adviser and consultant to governments, international agencies and NGOs including the World Bank, UNCTAD, IDRC, DFID, ITDG, CGIAR, UN-Habitat, UNU and UNDP. He acted also as an adviser to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Overseas Development on ODA's [now DFID's] Special Units (i.e. TPI, COPR, LRDC etc.). He is an associate researcher with the ESRC-funded INNOGEN genomics initiative at the Open and Edinburgh Universities (where he holds professorships) and to the UNU/MERIT Link Programme based at CRISP, Hyderabad. He was a member of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Task Force Team 10 on Science, Technology and Innovation and has acted as an adviser to the NEPAD secretariat in Pretoria, to ILRI in Nairobi and to the World Bank. He is currently advising DFID's Research into Use programme.

Ann Kingiri, PhD - Director of Research

StaffDr. Ann Kingiri holds a Bsc degree in Agriculture, Msc degree in Plant Pathology, both from Nairobi University, Kenya; a Masters Degree in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology from Mache Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy; and a PhD degree in Development Policy and Practice discipline from the Open University, UK.

Dr. Kingiri is responsible for the leadership of research at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) to support the Science and Technology policy oriented capacity building objectives.

Dr. Kingiri is a specialist in agricultural pathology and plant biotechnology regulation. In addition, she has worked extensively in plant health phytosanitary regulation. She has also been extensively involved in development of biotechnology and biosafety regulatory policies in Kenya. She started her career with the Ministry of Agriculture as an agricultural officer before joining Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) as a phytosanitary and biosafety expert. Her research interests include knowledge management and governance in science, technology and innovation domains, food security, and gender issues in agricultural innovation. Some of the areas she has published in reputable journals include governance of agricultural biotechnology in a developing country context.

Fridah Nkirote- Finance & Administration Manager

Fridah NkiroteFridah has over 7 years experience in Accounting and Financial management with specific skills in Grant Management and Financial reporting systems for Non Governmental Organizations.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - Finance and Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) - Accounting from Kenyatta University. In addition she is a member of Institute of certified public Accountant Kenya (ICPAK) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). She is currently pursuing a post-graduate Diploma in Project Management.

As Finance and Administration Manager, Fridah is responsible for ensuring financial controls are strictly observed, timely, economic and accurate preparation of all financial and accounting reports and the provision of efficient and effective accounting, financial and administrative management of the Centre.

Prior to this position Fridah held the position of a project accountant, with an overall responsibility of coordination and preparation of timely, economic and accurate accounting and financial management information.

Susan W. Murunga - Personal Assistant to Executive Director
Susan W. MurungaSusan W. Murunga is the Personal Assistant to Executive Director (PA to ED). Susan has over 30 years Administrative and Managerial experience with excellent communication and organizational skills, coupled with sound leadership and supervisory qualities in the private, public, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations.

She attained "0' Level Certificate of Education and has undertaken various Management, Human Relations, and Communications courses in line with her duties as Assistant to the Executive Director.

Susan's duties as PA to ED include coordination of all activities in the office of the Executive Director especially with donors, Governing Council and key stakeholders.

Prior to joining ACTS in 1996, Susan worked with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), 4M Enterprises Limited, Ideal Casements (EA) Ltd. and the Ministry of Works (Provincial Engineer's Office).
Mary Muthoni Kamotho - Publications Officer
Mary Muthoni KamothoMary Muthoni Kamotho is the Publications Officer. Mary has specialized in Desk-top publishing. She works on ACTS publications and other materials related to production in the publications department.
Joan Kariuki - Research Fellow
Joan KariukiJoan Kariuki is a Research Fellow at African Centre for Technology studies. She has over 8 years experience in multi-disciplinary research on Environment natural resources and sustainable development. Joan was at International Centre for Research in Agroforestry for two years then moved to ACTS in November 2003.

She holds an MA in Development studies with specialty in Environment for Development. She also holds Bachelors of Environmental science from Kenyatta University and Diploma in NGO management from Kenya Institute of Management. She has particular interest in policy research for sustainable management of Natural resources. Currently she serves as Regional coordinator for Transboundary water resource Management training Project and also supports project manager in Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy security Project (PISCES).
Charles Tonui-Research/Project Assistant
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Tonui joined ACTS as a Research Intern in April 2009.He holds a BSc Degree in Environmental Science from Egerton University and currently pursuing Diploma in Project Management (DPM) in Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)

As a Research/Project Assistant, Tonui assists in Community Based Adaption to Climate Change (CBAA) and Lifelong Learning for livelihoods for Farmers (L3F) and Environment projects under the Energy and Water Security, and Agriculture and Food Security programmes respectively. Tonui actively participates in climate change issues at local, national, regional and international level that aim to create awareness, enhance capacity and try to shape policies to facilitate integration of climate change into plans, projects & programmes. Tonui, in his capacity has co-authored several climate change articles with fellow researchers and project partners.

Millie Mwango - Public Relations and Communications Officer
Millie Mwango

Millie has 2 years experience in Public Relations and Communications gained from African Center for Technology Studies.

She holds a Bachelor of Communications degree in Public Relations and Marketing from the Edith Cowan University, Australia. She has also attained certificates’ in Travel and Tourism Operations and Air Fares and Ticketing courses’ from the Career Training Centre, Kenya.

Her duties in the organization mainly involve Public Relations and Communication within and outside the organization and any delegated duties. Prior to joining ACTS, Millie worked at Kenya Airways Limited as a Customer Service Assistant.

She is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Communication at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya

Tom O. Ogaga - Procurement Officer
Tom O. OgagaTom O. Ogaga is a Procurement Officer. Tom has over 11 years work experience in administration and stores management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc) from Nairobi University.

As the Procurement officer he is responsible for planning and coordination of procurement including delivery, storage and timely distribution of goods to the end users.

Before joining the Centre in 1997, he worked with Microworld Services as a Sales representative and Highway tours and safaris as a Tour guide.
Micheal Muchiri - Driver/ Office Assistant
Tom O. Ogaga

Michael has over 12 years experience in Driving and Office Administration gained from Russian Embassy, Korean Embassy and African Centre for Technology studies.

He holds a Form Four certificate in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
His duties in the organization mainly involve Official Driving duties and Office administration within the organization and any other delegated duties.

Simon Ihumba – Office Assistant/ Cleaner
Tom O. Ogaga

Simon has over 2 years experience in Office Administration gained from African Centre for Technology studies.

He holds a certificate in ICDL covering basic computer applications such as MS Word, MS Excel, Ms Access, PowerPoint, Windows XP, Internet and Email and Adobe PageMaker from Bell Institute of Technology.
His duties in the organization mainly involve Office Administration and Caretaking and any other delegated duties.

Jane Wanjeri - Finance & Administration Assistant

JaneJane as a Finance and Administration Assistant, Jane is responsible for making supplier payments, filing documents for external audits and maintaining staff files. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) degree in Finance from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

 

Joel Onyango - Research Fellow

JoelJoel has attained years of experience in environmental related research from both the public and private sectors. He holds MSc. (D) in Environmental Science, specializing in Limnology and Wetland Ecosystems from UNESCO-IHE Institute for water education, Delft, The Netherlands; and BSc. (H), in Applied Aquatic Science, from Egerton University, Kenya. He has received advanced training in participatory research methods, multi-scale environmental modeling and biodiversity habitat scenario modeling from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria.

Joel as a Research Fellow at ACTS is responsible for developing research concepts within Water, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management Programme, Climate Change and the centre’s STPI. He is part of AfricaLics and EACIN teams, and a member of the Technical Review team for publications from the centre.

He has worked as a project assistant in Ecology of Livelihoods for the Nyando Wetlands (ECOLIVE) project, based in Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development (VIRED) International; and also as a lecturer in the Biological Sciences Department Egerton University.

His research interest include aspects of water sanitation and health, rural development; climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation; agricultural related ecosystem pollution; biodiversity preservation; and large-scale catchment management.

Mourine Chepkemoi - Research Assistant

Mourine

Mourine Chepkemoi has over 3 years experience in Administration and Communications Management gained from Private and Public Organization Sectors

She is finalizing her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in International Business at Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Majoring in Accounting and Finance from the same institution. In addition she holds a Diploma in Business Management from The Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

At ACTS, Mourine is a Research Assistant and is responsible in Implementation of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), Communication and logistic support of the Africa Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and competence Building Systems (AFRICALICS) project, and work on the East African Climate Innovation Network (EACIN) Project.

Prior to joining the Centre in 2013, Mourine worked with Mottiz Company as an Administrator and at a Law Firm as a Personnel Assistant.

Wycliffe Amakobe - Research Assistant

WycliffeWycliffe holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from University of Nairobi. He also holds a certificate in Computer Applications from ACK Kakamega Computer Training College and has pursed short courses in Non Governmental Organization Management and Human Resource Management at East Africa Institute of Certified Studies.

As a research assistant, Wycliffe is responsible for undertaking research and administrative work on projects relating to energy security and assisting in capacity building / training in the implementation of science, technology and policy institute at the centre.

Prior to joining ACTS in June 2013, he has strongly coordinated youth activities within Universities and tertiary institutions in Kenya in the area of Science, Technology and Innovations (STI). He served as the chairperson for the Youth Agency for Development of Science, Technology and Innovations based at University of Nairobi (from 2011 to 2013) and chairperson of Nairobi University Meteorological Association before taking up the position of Executive Director at Youth Organization for Innovations and Entrepreneurship. He also worked on short term basis with Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) and Kenya Meteorological Society (KMS) as an intern.

Wycliffe has wide experience in Climate Science and related applications and has participated in various platforms regarding to Energy, Environment, Weather, and Climate Change at both national and international levels.

Everlyne Obwocha - Research Assistant

EverlyneEverlyne has over 5 years experience in research work with specific skills in proposal writing, conducting field work, analyzing data and report writing gained from the private, public and Non Governmental Organizations sectors.

She is finalizing her Masters in Environmental Science (MSC) specializing in climate change and food security from Kenyatta University, and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Kenyatta University. In addition she holds a certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing from the Regional Centre for Resource Mapping and Development, Nairobi (RCMRD).

As a research assistant, Everlyne is responsible for research and administrative work on the projects relating to climate change, biodiversity and natural resource management programme, gender and capacity building/training component including the implementation of the Science Technology and Policy Institute (STPI) business plan at the Centre.

Prior to joining the Centre in 2013, Everlyne worked with World Agro Forestry Centre (ICRAF) as a research fellow and with Western Kenya Integrated Ecosystem Management Project (WKIEMP) under KARI as a research assistant.

Abraham Ilavusa - Office Gardener

AbrahamMr. Abraham Ilavusa is ACTS office gardener. He is in charge of ensuring that the office lawn is kept neat and supervising any casual gardening work to be undertaken. He loves gardening as a hobby and as a result, he has held on to his position of ACTS office gardener for more than 2 years.

Moses Owidhi - IT Assistant

MosesMoses holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Business Information Technology from Multimedia University of Kenya. In addition he also holds diplomas in computer studies.

He is responsible for ICT services at the Centre and a member of Africalics team. Prior to Joining ACTS, he worked with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as IT Support Technician.