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 Kimani Wilson - Plant breeder and seed systems specialist

Kimani

Kimani Wilson has worked as a research assistant at Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA)-ILRI. He has immense knowledge and skills on plant breeding for agronomic performance, biotic and abiotic stress resistance and seed systems. At VACID Africa he brings his expertise in identifying suitable varieties for different agro-ecological zones and uses for farmers’ access, crop biodiversity conservation, promoting seed production and distribution systems and agribusiness skills.


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Credentials:
• Ph.D in developmental biology (Plant Breeding and Genomics), Institute of Botany Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China
• M.Sc. in Plant Breeding and Genetics and a BSc. in Agriculture (Crop Science), University of Nairobi

 

 Ann Wairimu – General Manager

Ann

Ann Wairimu Mburu is the General Manager of VACID Africa. She has held various positions at the operational and strategic level delivering on school management including principal, deputy principal and head of departments in various schools across Kenya. Her responsibilities across the different roles have encompassed management and operations, programme planning and implementation, advocacy, partnerships and resource mobilization. Her other experiences include youth mentoring through guidance and counseling. She has passion for helping the youth to acquire skills in visual culture and agriculture.

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Credentials:
• Doctorate in Humane Letters (stress management)
• Degree in Bachelor of Education, Special Education, Kenyatta University
• Diploma in education, Kenya Science Teachers College

 

Ephantus Kinyanjiu - IT/ICT expert

Karari

Karari Kinyanjui an ICT Expert with interest in ICT strategy and policy development, systems development and implementation. He has over ten years’ experience in systems development and implementations and over five years’ experience in ICT strategy and policy development. He has conducted research, developed and implemented a number of web based and mobile based systems. Karari has worked with the county government and universities, where he has gained extensive experience in implementing systems and worked with Institutions such as World Bank Group (WBG/IFC) in the Kenya Investment Climate Programme (KICP) and United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) in Support to Devolution Programme(SDP) . He is currently pursuing his postgraduate research with a focus on big data summarization algorithms.

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Credentials
• Msc. Information Systems; University of Nairobi
• BSc. Mathematics and Computer Science. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

 

Business Development Specialist – Rikki Agudah

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A dedicated and committed agronomist with over 13 years of extensive experience in implementation of integrated crop management and sustainable farming programs.

Proficient in the Design and Implementation of sustainable farming practices campaigns, Training Management, Export Business and Organizational Development. Skilled in Business Development and People Management with excellent knowledge and grasp of global and regional food and agriculture trends.

Certified Public Trainer with proven ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people. Fluent in English and Swahili."

A practicing Integrated Crop Management (ICM) agronomist currently serving as Secretary General and Acting CEO of the Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors of Kenya (SOCAA) www.socaa.or.ke and CEO and Business Development Manager for Sustainable Farming Services Africa (SFSA) www.sustainablefarmingafrica.com

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Joseph Kabiru-Youth Development Specialist

Joseph

Joseph is an agribusiness expert with over four years of cumulative experience. He was the founder of the Nyeri student lead agriculture and a co-founder of vijana mashambani initiative, an initiative which encouraged youths to venture in agriculture. Through his participation in these initiatives, he has developed a passion for helping the youths appreciate farming as a tool for economic empowerment. He has immense knowledge on community mobilization for development and encouraging the youths to venture into agriculture. At VACID he will be tasked with creation of programs designed to enhance youth participation in agriculture and monitoring the welfare of the youths involved in our programs.

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Credentials
BSc. Agribusiness Management-University of Nairobi

 

 

 

 

 



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