FLORENCE MURINGI WAMBUGU is the Founder, Director and CEO of Africa Harvest Biotech since 2002. She is a plant pathologist with specialization in virology and genetic engineering. She has an honorary PhD, Doctor of Science, from the University of Bath, UK, and has conducted postdoctoral research at the Monsanto Life Sciences Center, USA. For over 30 years, she has dedicated her life to agricultural research, where she made significant contributions to the improvement of sorghum, maize, pyrethrum, banana and sweet potato.
The CEO’s role as member of the Board and SMT is to ensure that the organization remains sustainable through her leadership and management. She focuses on the core functions of the organization to enable it to achieve its long-term vision. Areas of focus include: strategy, fundraising, program delivery and board management to ensure a seamless link is maintained between the management and the Board.
Previously, she worked as the Africa Regional Director of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA) AfriCenter in Nairobi, and as a Research Scientist at Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO). She has published over 100 articles and co-authored various papers. She is also the author and publisher of Modifying Africa and Biotechnology in Africa; Emergence, Initiatives and Future. In 2005, she led an international consortium that was awarded USD 21 million under the global competitive grant by the BMGF. She is a recipient of several awards and honors, including the Norwegian YARA Prize in 2008. She is currently a board member in several international agencies.
MICHAEL M. NJUGUNA is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, also holding a substantive portfolio of Director Food Nutritional Security and Sustainable Livelihoods of Smallholders program. He has provided strategic leadership at Africa Harvest in the last 14 years by being a member of the senior management team involved in organizational policy formulation, strategy development and implementation, as well as supervision and evaluation of the program at Africa Harvest.
Dr. Njuguna has over 20 years of international development experience in agricultural research, agri-business development, rural financing, and technology transfer. His involvement is in all phases of project cycle including project initiation, development, monitoring, impact assessment and evaluation. In the last 20 years, he has worked with resource constraint communities to develop innovative approaches that support rural agricultural small enterprise development. He has been involved in designing and implementing appropriate enterprise development models that facilitate access to technology, training, micro finance, market, input, information and infrastructure.
Prior to joining Africa Harvest, he held the position of Programme Administrator at the International Service for Acquisition of Agri Biotech Applications, in Nairobi (ISAAA AfriCenter) for six years. He holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Development from Kenyatta University, a M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship Development from JKUAT, a post graduate Certified Diploma in Finance and Accounting (CDipAF) from the UK’s Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a B.Sc. from the University of Nairobi.
Daniel Githing’u Kamanga is the Director for the Communication Program, which focuses on communication for development. He holds Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Durham University Business School, UK; Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications and BA in Economics & Sociology, and the last two are from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and is a member of the world’s largest marketing organization, the UK-based Chartered Institute of Marketers (CIM). Daniel is also a member of the African Economic Editors Forum (AEEF). The program also focuses on increasing media coverage of agriculture in the African media in order to increase awareness about agricultural opportunities, especially the benefits of biotechnology.
Under his watch, Africa Harvest has been featured on, among other media outlets, the CNN, BBC, South African Broadcasting Corporation and the New York Times. Daniel has helped Africa Harvest develop extensive media networks in Africa, with over 40-country, 400-member, African Economic Editors Forum (AEEF) to facilitate biotech public acceptance in the continent. In his journalistic career, Daniel was an Associate Business Editor of the Daily Nation – Kenya’s leading daily newspaper and sub-editor of the Standard – Kenya’s oldest newspaper. He has contributed to various African media, including the Business Day and the Sunday Times of South Africa.
Before joining Africa Harvest, Daniel worked in the following companies: World Stream, subsidiary of Econet Wireless International (Director, Business Development), Liberty Life Association of Africa (Marketing & Media Relations Manager), New Economy Worknet, South Africa (Manager, Sales & Advertising), PRIDE AFRICA, US NGO headquartered in Kenya (PR & Communications Manager), Nation Marketing & Publishers, a subsidiary of the Nation Group in Kenya (Associate Business Editor) and the East Africa Standard Newspaper Group in Kenya (Business Sub-editor).
MICHAEL SHIKWE Currently serves as the Senior Corporate Manger at Africa Harvest and manages the Finance, Administration and New Business Development Program and his role within the senior management team involves organizational policy formulation, business advisory services and general corporate counseling of running the organization. Managing the overall programs budget on behalf of the CEO , monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the projects progresses.
He has a broad experience with various financial transactions and management and the team leverages this experiences to ensure Africa Harvest is managing the existing resources meet the demand of its services. Prior to his position at Africa Harvest, he worked as the Finance and Investment Manager, Alpha Africa Asset Managers Limited, as the Head of Finance & Administration at the International Peace Support Training Centre, and Manager, Finance Operations at Old Mutual Kenya.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a Master of Business Administration, and Egerton University with a Bachelor of Science, Agriculture and Economics. He is also a credited Accountant under the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Kenya.
WANGARI MBUTHIA FREDAH Presently is the Senior Programme Offer at Africa Harvest under the Food , an agronomist by training, having graduated with a BSc degree in Horticulture from Egerton University. She has worked in the agricultural sector for the last 13 years. Involved in all phases of project cycle including design development, project implementation, monitoring, impact assessment and evaluation. Among key responsibilities include designing comprehensive training programs and preparing training manuals. I also oversee implementation training sessions for smallholder farmers, farmers’ leaders and trainers of trainers.
In her current role, she heads a regional project that is covering Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi, spearheading development of seed systems for improved and enhanced cassava, banana, beans and sweet potatoes among smallholder farmers in select communities in the three countries. Prior to joining Africa Harvest Wangari she was a consultant at SET consultancy LTD, as well as the Hanns Seidel Foundation
NEHEMIAH MBURU TAYLOR is engaged as a Business Development and Projects Manager in the Agricultural Markets and Policy program at Africa Harvest. As a member of the senior management team, Nehemiah’s role includes; identifying funding opportunities, developing and maintaining strategic linkages with partners and stakeholders, as well as the design and development of Multi-year, integrated programs and proposals . He is also directly involved in mainstreaming Markets in Value chain activities and integrating Policy discourse and advocacy in project implementation plans with the goal of enhancing sustainability in, and long term impact of, program/project interventions.
He holds an MBA (Management of Innovation and Technology) from Portland State University, Oregon, USA, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) from Kenyatta University, Kenya and a higher Diploma in Marketing and Human Resource Management from ICM, UK. Since Joining Africa Harvest, he has managed numerous projects in Kenya and Tanzania which have seen smallholder farmers enhance their interactions with markets, reduce transactional costs, and improve incomes and livelihoods. He has also overseen the piloting and scaling up of the Aggregator model in both Kenya and Tanzania as well as the uptake of improved climate smart technologies and management practices that enhance adaptation and resilience among smallholder farmers in the ASAL’s of Kenya and Tanzania.
ANTONY OOGA is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and the Biosafety and Regulatory Program officer ensuring the appropriate licensing, and legal compliance of projects under the, Technology Development and Deployment Program. His knowledge of scientific, on-site regulatory and policy compliance issues, ensures the organization meets the required legislation in different projects. His is a crucial link between their Africa Harvest, the senior management and regulatory
authorities. He also holds a substantial role of M&E where he is responsible for designing and implementing the M&E activities of the Projects; monitoring the project activities on a regular basis, responsible for the collection & analysis of different data in relation to the project activities. Through his guidance the senior management is able to ensure projects maintains strategic vision and activities result in the achievement of its intended outputs in a cost effective and timely manner.
He holds a B.Sc. Botany (Crop Protection), M.Sc. Botany (Microbiology), from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Kenya, a certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from Kenyatta University, Kenya and trained in the same area by the Center for User Research Africa. Antony is currently undertaking an M.Sc. In Environmental Science from Kenyatta University.
DOREEN MARANGU is a Projects Manager, under the Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Program and the Natural Resource Management program where she works in value chain development; in identification of existing gaps and strategizing on filling these gaps. Since joining Africa Harvest in 2012 she has worked with ICRISAT teams and both international and national agricultural centers among other partners in Kenya and Tanzania in a Sorghum for multiple use project which through multi-locational and farm trials resulted in the selection of improved high yielding and adapted sorghum varieties and hybrids for the semi- arid regions.
She holds a Masters of Philosophy in Agriculture Economics and Resource Management and a BSc, Horticulture from Moi University. She has worked in community development projects for the past eight years. She has experience in natural resource use planning and management; ranging from forest management plans development to water resource use planning, and agricultural value chains development.
JANE NDIRITU Is a Project Manager and plays a valuable role in creating community development strategies that enable farmers’ access and benefit from our projects that evolve according to local needs. She brings onboard skills and knowledge in, Curriculum development, Monitoring and evaluation, Training of trainers in community development among other skills to the senior management team.
Since joining Africa Harvest in 2003, as a field officer, Jane has effectively and efficiently facilitated the implementation of several projects seeing numerous communities empowered for sustainable development. She is trained in Project management and a certified electrical Engineer from Kimathi University College.
JOSEPHINE KILEI Is engaged as a project manager under the Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Program and within the team her role is ensuring the delivery of the projects she manages in are to the appropriate level of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the program plan and program governance arrangements. She also initiates extra activities and other management interventions wherever gaps in the program are identified or issues arise not limiting her role in co-ordination of project activities to enable effective change and realisation of projected benefits.
Since joining the organization in year 2003, Josephine has worked as a field officer, senior administration assistantprogressing to a project manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Divinity from St Paul’s University, Kenya.
ANTHONY KORIR is an ICT officer and assists within the organizations flagship project, Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) project. Within the senior management project he’s main role is to lead the implementation and monitor the execution of stakeholder
mapping plans and knowledge management. He promotes knowledge sharing through project’s operational processes by strengthening links between knowledge sharing and information systems, improving integration and facilitating information exchange across systems and by working in collaboration with the Communications Director to implement the internal KM systems and tools.
He has over 15 years working experience in ICT holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology (BBIT), from St Paul University and currently finalizing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Project Management at Kenyatta University. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE 2003) and (CCNA) Networking and System Administration/End-user support from Kabarak University.