I hold a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degrees in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Natural Resource and Life Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. My doctoral dissertation is focused on promoting sustainable intensification of small-scale and commercial aquaculture to improve productivity and environmental performance in East Africa. Specifically, the study is analyzing the roles of the research, education, extension, and training in promoting adoption of aquacultural technologies and innovations among smallholder farmers in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia). I’m the Centre Director at KMFRI Sagana, based at the National Aquaculture Research Development and Training Centre, Sagana, Kenya.
Throughout my academic training and over 10 years working experience, I have spearheaded and participated in national, regional and internationally funded research projects and consultancies as co-investigator, collaborator and research assistant. Within these multidisciplinary research programmes, I have published and co-authored 15 peer-refereed international articles, 2 books and 10 book chapters, 15 conference presentations, and over 20 technical reports. To upgrade my skills and professional experience, I have attended professional short courses and training programmes including International Summer School in Vienna, Agriculture in Transition at Wageningen University, Fish Base and Fish Taxonomy Training at Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, Advanced Research Design Course, Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit and a Scientific Academic Exchange Program at Nagasaki University, Japan. I have gained project management experience by successfully completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management and attending an advanced training for governance and policy-oriented studies by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Presently, I hold membership in five (5) professional and academic bodies including: (1) International Society of Limnology (SIL), (2) International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), (3) Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa (SARNISSA), (4) Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA) and (5) East African Water Association (EAWA). In the last one year, I have been actively involved as a member of the Board of Directors in the development of the newly formed African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) based in the USA. The mission of ACARE is twofold: (1) To create a long-term, highly collaborative Center of Excellence dedicated to increasing local capacity of African freshwater scientists, managers, and decision-makers through a world class curriculum, and (2) develop a perpetual collaborative process by which key stakeholders come together to positively affect policy and management on Africa's Great Lakes.
Research Network: Research Gate
Doctor of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Ongoing)
MSc Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
BSc. Fisheries and Aquatic Science
PUBLISHED BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND TALKS (2017-2018)