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altFounding Chairman - Kiringai Kamau
Kiringai is an Agricultural Economist, a Value Chains Analyst, an ICT4D/ICT4Ag Global Telecentre Network Agribusiness Expert, a mentor in small business development, and Researcher. He combines both macro and micro integration of development in sustainable agricultural thinking through ICT4D and ICT4Ag. He is currently registered for a PhD in Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship at Kenyatta University. His innovations include ITC based technologies and business organizational models that have impacted on the economic development of Kenya.

Kiringai worked in the public sector having started as a hydrologist in the then Ministry of Water Development. He was responsible for the analysis and automation of water schemes and water revenue management in the country. He left the Ministry to pursue postgraduate training in ICT, returning as a consultant to the government where he worked in the automation of the government tax systems. He is the author of the PIN and VAT systems currently used by the KRA. He has been an advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture in agribusiness and value chains development. Both the Department of Agribusiness and Department of Agroindustry resulted from his engagement with the UN the GoK.

His entrepreneurial leaning is a product of the Bristol University’s Business Development Programme supported by the DFID for small business development. He became a small business specialist in the DFID Supported SME Development Programme of KMAP that promoted sustainable enterprise development in donor driven initiatives. Through the programme, he became a trainer, then a business counsellor for the programme for which he became a service provider in Nakuru and Nairobi. Using the financial resources earned, he started a microfinance programme that taught him on the challenges of funding of SMEs as his microfinance folded soon after the DFID funding, leaving him a consultant in microfinance. He is a mentor in SMEs, Agripreneurship and ICT for development. He is also a trained Cisco Entrepreneur Institute Programme Manager and Lead Trainer for which he leads the Eastern Africa Programme of Cisco Entrepreneur Institute. He has founded the Africa Virtual Knowledge Portal for the diffusion of knowledge and experience gathered through his work.

Founding Treasurer - Dr. Joseph Gichugu Kariuki
Dr Joseph Kariuki is a co-founder and an agricultural economist with skills in natural resource management, rural livelihoods analysis. His core engagement has been in the areas of monitoring and evaluation; project reviews, farm management economic analysis; policy analysis; stakeholder analysis and networking; project analysis, conceptualization and development; business plan development; strategic plan development; participatory impact assessment; service delivery to farmers and farmers’ organizations; privatization, extension, marketing, rural financial services; sector wide approaches (SWAPs); etc

At the macro-level he has participated in the development of policies and programmes covering extension services, food security, marketing, rural finance, etc. In farm-level studies, he has assessed natural resource management issues including agriculture and livelihoods.

He has undertaken studies on projects funded by Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), EAC, UNDP, FAO, World Bank, GTZ, SIDA, DANIDA, IFAD, JICA, RELMA/ICRAF, DFID, MDG Centre, CIAT, CARE International, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Winrock International, Oxfam GB, SNV, VSF-Suisse, African Conservation Centre and Farmers Own.

Founding Member - Prof. Samuel Githinji Karoki
PRof. Karoki is a consulting scholar with experience in undertaking baseline survey, statistical analysis and reporting at micro and macro levels. His consulting work is undertaken as a partner of VACID Africa while his scholarly and research work is undertaken at the Department of Mathematics at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He has a passion for interdisciplinary research with his contribution being in data analysis and interpretation. He has been involved in preparation and support of the production of statistical abstracts and health and education related surveys in Kenya. He has undertaken all the statistical analysis work associated with VACID Africa’s baseline surveys.

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