Staff Profiles

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Dr. Dionysious Dan Kiambi – Executive Director (PhD, Biological Sciences)
He holds a PhD in Biological Sciences (plant molecular diversity and ecogeographic survey) and an MSc in Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Utilization from the University of Birmingham UK; a Post-graduate Diploma in Gene Bank Technology from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark and the Nordic Gene Bank, Sweden and a BSc in Botany and Zoology from Nairobi University, Kenya. He has 25 years experience in agrobiodiversity and plant genetic resources conservation and sustainable utilization.  He is specialized in application of GIS is genetic diversity distribution and application of molecular markers and genomics in crop improvement. He has a lot of experience in project development, planning, management, evaluation and monitoring; community level conservation; public education and policy sensitization; development of national plant genetic resources programmes; scientific and technical advisory services to agro-biodiversity and plant genetic resources projects, programs and networks; building national and regional genetic resources networks and partnerships; training and capacity building and scientific research and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He previously worked for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Nairobi, Kenya;  McGill University (School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), Canada; the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) now Bioversity International (Nairobi, Kenya) and KENGO, a Kenyan environmental NGO.

Dr. Evans Mwangi – Honorary Research Fellow, Environmental Conservation (PhD, Ecology)
He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology, an MSc in Biology of Conservation and a BSc in Botany and Zoology from University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has over 20 years experience in environment and natural resources management specializing in conservation and management of biodiversity, human-ecosystem interactions, climate change and ecological monitoring; evaluation of environmental projects and scientific advice to international and regional bodies, academic institutions, expert working groups and government and intergovernmental organizations; capacity building, research and teaching in Universities. He is currently on shared position with Nairobi University and has previously worked with the Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS), Ministry of Planning and National Development, Kenya; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya; Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), Kenya; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ms. Julia Ndungu-Skilton - Project Manager, Graduate Research Support (MSc, Agronomy)
Graduate Research Support (GRS) is a web-based knowledge repository and interactive tool that provides virtual and roaming mentorship for agrobiodiversity graduate students. She holds an MSc in Agronomy from Washington State University, Pullman, USA and a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Julia has over 25 years experience managing and providing technical backstopping for agrobiodiversity and conservation projects. Her current research interests include farmer management of crop diversity, particularly on how seed systems deliver and maintain genetic diversity important for farmers’ livelihoods. She previously worked for Bioversity International and is a member of the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research. She has been a teaching assistant and an Environmental Biology PhD student at the  University of Massachusetts, Boston USA, an associate scientist with the germplasm resource unit at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a horticultural seed technology scientist with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and a biochemistry laboratory technician at ILRAD (now the International Livestock Research Institute – ILRI.

Prof James Kung'u - Professional Associate

Prof. Kung'u holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos,Philippines and he is the current Dean,school of Environmental Studies,Kenyatta University.His areas of scientific specialization and research interests are in forestry and agro forestry,particularly the use of perennial plants for adaptation to climate change ,climate change and food security,helping small scale farmers participate in carbon trade,community participation in Natural resource management,Environmental Impact Assessment and auditing and curriculum development for natural resource management.He is registered as lead agent in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing.He has been supervising many PhD and Masters students.He is also the chairman,East and central Africa Regional Network for Agriculture,Agro forestry and Natural Resource Education (ECARAFT) of ANAFE.

He has been carrying out collaborative research and development work with universities,Government Ministries,Non Governmental Organizations and national and international research organizations.He has served as an External Examiner for many universities in Africa i.e Copper Belt University,Zambia,Bunda college of Agriculture,Malawi,South Eastern Kenya University,Moi University,University of Eldoret,Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Science and Technology and University of Kabianga.He has been serving as a board member of ANAFE and the chairman for East and Central Africa Region for Agriculture,Agro forestry and Natural Resources Education Network (ECARAFT-ANAFE).He has also helped many colleges and universities to review their curriculum.Before joining Kenyatta University,in 1996,he had worked for nine years with the ministry of Environment and Natural resources,Forest Department,where he was involved in Rural Re-Afforestation programs and training of foresters at Kenya Forestry College,Londiani.

Mr.Peter Mwangi - Professional Associate.

Peter Mwangi holds Masters of Science degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resource Management at ITC faculty of the University of Twente,Enschede, Netherlands.His field of specialization is in application of Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing ecosystems and boi diversity management.He has a wide range of experience in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing in analyzing and capturing boi diversity and ecosystem information in a spatial dimension (landscape,local regional or national) and levels (habitats,ecosystem and Eco-regions) for analysis and visualization of the geographical distribution of both flora and fauna;Application of GIS and remote sensing technologies in generation of land cover maps that help to illustrate the flora (vegetation) status of the ecosystem and also,through time series,analyze the change in vegetation health;Application of spatial analysis/modelling for mapping and assessing current and predicted spatial geographic distribution of bio diversity of plants and animal species.He has previously worked as a GIS and remote sensing analyst with Africa Conservation Center (ACC) Nairobi,Kenya;Project Officer (Spatial Ecology) with Earth Watch ,Samburu East,Kenya as well as consultant with UNEP/GRID,Sioux Falls,North America (EROS Data Center,USGS).

Ms.Jacklynn Wawira -Executive Assistant (BA, Anthropology)

Holds a B.A (Hons) from the University of Nairobi majoring in Anthropology. She has extensive experience in office administration and management and technical support to projects; field data collection and basic analysis, report writing, consumers and market research. She previously worked for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging in Nairobi, Kenya, Community Foundation for Children and Aging in Dar Es Saalam, Tanzania and Action for Children in Conflict in Thika, Kenya.

Ms. Nduta Kosgey -Programme Officer.

Ms.Kosgey holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies, Community Development from Kenyatta University. She also holds a Diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management. Before Nduta joined ABCIC in June 2014, she had gained working experience in the field of community mobilization in environmental conservation and training, field search work, report writing, project management and monitoring and evaluation. She worked previously with Nature Kenya and before then with Green Belt Movement. At ABCIC she has been involved in the raising awareness and development of educational materials, training and capacity building on environmental conservation. She is involved in development of project proposals, fund raising and resource mobilization activities. She conducts field research and extension activities on environmental conservation. Her current focus is creating awareness to the youth on environmental an sustainable livelihoods.

Ms. Lilian Mugo -Technical officer, Environmental Conservation and Information Management

Miss Mugo holds a Bachelors degree in Tourism Management from Moi University. She has experience in environmental conservation and data collection, information management, project development and in situ conservation she is currently an environmental conservation ambassador and coordinates environmental conservation events. She previously worked with National Museums of Kenya Snake Park Department where she gained experience in in situ conservation of Reptiles and before then she worked with The Ministry of Tourism Kenya and Kenya Wildlife service at Nairobi National Park where she gained experience in flora data collection and conservation.

Ms .Grace Mercy Amboka- Technical Officer Genetic Resources and GIS applications

She holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University and a Certificate in French language from Alliance Française de Nairobi. Grace has worked with the National Museums of Kenya (Botany Department) in the East African Herbarium  gaining experience in  Data Basing and Information Management, using Botanical Research and Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS) and general herbarium processes She also worked with the Plant Conservation Programme (P.C.P). She has worked as an assistant production manager with Kids Learning Company (school) and as research assistant in a 1 year P.A.U.S.E Project that was jointly implemented by Saint Louis Zoo, Tohono Chul Park and the National Museums of Kenya to address the worldwide decline of pollinators which is directly linked to urban food systems. Grace has also pioneered a self governing extension of the IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions) Movement (IDEAS for Kenya)  which is a youth led  movement  advancing sustainability through Research, Action and Awareness seeking to  educate, empower and engage students  and communities on environmental issues. She has experience in   environmental education, field data collection, data entry and   analysis skills, report and proposal writing as well as GIS and remote sensing.