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Fellows

Research

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Dr. Leonard Chauka

TANZANIA

Leonard Jones Chauka is a molecular ecologist whose research interests are in coral reef ecosystem. He holds a PhD in marine biology from Universality of Dar es Salaam. He also possesses an MSc in dryland biodiversity and Bachelor of Sciences with education awarded by Addis Ababa University and University of Dar es Salaam respectively. For almost a decade now, Leonard has been collecting molecular evidences on whether coral reefs’ ecosystems are adapting to climate change. His deep passion in coral reefs ecosystem and worries on alarming impact of climate change on coral reefs has convinced him to start reefs restoration projects in Tanzania

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Dr. Woideamanuel Abayineh Amare

ETHIOPIA

Abayineh Amare is a PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University. Abayineh holds a master’s Degree in Rural Development and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Sciences from Haramaya University in 2010 and 2004, respectively. He has received extensive specialized training in Bonn, Germany; and Uppsala, Sweden. He has more than six years teaching experiences in Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. He has received Africa climate change fellowship programme; and DAAD In-country scholarship research awards. Abayineh published 10 articles on peer-reviewed journals, and a book chapter. 

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Dr. Awolala David Olufemi

NIGERIA

David Olufemi Awolala holds Ph.D Economic Sciences in Climate Change Economics at the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal in partnership with the Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung/Centre for Development Research, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany under initiative of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) graduate research program in Accra, Ghana. He has Master of Agricultural Technology degree in Agricultural Economics and Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in Agricultural Economics and Extension at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria.

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Dr. Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya

ZIMBABWE

Dr. Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya is currently International Collaborations Manager at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe. She has conducted livelihoods assessments, vulnerability assessments, gender analysis in CBNRM and climate change adaptation and institutional and stakeholder analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Chipo was involved in the IDRC and DFID funded African Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP) both as a Doctoral Fellow and as Senior Programme Officer from 2010 to 2013 at the Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam. She was awarded a World Social Science Fellowship in Sustainable Urbanisation by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in 2013

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Jawuoro Stanley Odhiambo

KENYA

Mr. Stanley Jawuoro is a Research Fellow at the African Climate Change Fellowship Programme at the Department of LARMAT, University of Nairobi. He pursued a course in Range Management both at undergraduate and Master’s level. He has published four peer reviewed papers in different journals under various topics including Ecology, Community Based Water
Resource Conservation, Climate Change and Forestry. His project is titled “Hydroponic Fodder Production and Marketing in the Peri-Urban Drylands of Kenya.” This study seeks to evaluate the profitability of Hydroponic Fodder Value Chain among the livestock keepers in arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya.

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Tovihoudji Gbenoukpo Pierre

BENIN

Pierre Gbènoukpo Tovihoudji, has a Diploma of Agricultural technician “Dipôme d’Etude Agricole Tropical” and a scientific Baccalaureate degree. He obtained a Diploma of Agricultural Engineer in Crop production Sciences and a MSc. in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He started his PhD research in 2014 on soil fertility management, plant nutrition under fertilizer microdosing technology with a part on numerical soil-crop growth simulation at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL-Belgium). He has been involved, as research assistant and freelance consultant, in many research and development projects in Agricultural Engineering since 2012. He is interested in soil fertility management and dynamic modelling of the soil-plant system.

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Dr. Diji Chukwuemeka Jude

NIGERIA

Dr. Diji is a senior lecturer and the immediate past acting. Head of department, department of mechanical engineering, university of Ibadan (August, 2015 – July, 2017). He obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan in 2008, Masters of Science degree (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan in 1997 and a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc) from the Obafemi Awolowo University (Formerly University of Ife) in 1987. He has a professional postgraduate qualifying Diploma in Management Consultancy practice and Organizational Transformation of the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA – UK).

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Erick Omollo

KENYA

Erick Omollo  joined the University of Nairobi, where he graduated with Bachelors degree in Range Management in 2015. In the same year he started his Master degree in the same institution after competitively winning RUFORUM MSc. Scholarship. In December 2017, he graduated with Master Degree in Range Management, with a thesis titled “Analysis of fodder production and marketing in the Southern rangelands of Kenya”. He has worked in a number of capacities including; Research Assistant and assisting in teaching undergraduate courses at the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, University of Nairobi.

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Dr. Mzime Regina Ndembele-Murisa

MALAWI

Dr Mzime Ndebele-Murisa is an Ecologist and Researcher who is passionate about using participatory, inclusive, bottom-up approaches to solving climate change and variability issues in Africa. She has worked as a researcher for the past twenty years having been based at the University of Zimbabwe (2005-2009) and Chinhoyi University of Technology (2012 to 2018) in Zimbabwe and more recently, START International (2018 to date) as a Program Specialist working in East and the southern African regions. Mzime has experience working with inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary, collaborative research teams focusing on aquaculture and fisheries management; climate vulnerability, impacts and assessments; climate modelling, freshwater ecology and conservation as well as water resources management, urban resilience and global environmental change.

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Dr. Bernard Barasa

UGANDA

Dr. Barasa Bernard is a Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Geography and Social Studies Kyambogo University Kampala Uganda. The second largest university in Uganda. Bernard, specialised in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Hydrological modelling and Water Resources Management, Wetland degradation assessment and restoration and project planning and management. These specialities have enabled him work in countries such as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda among others. By education, he possesses a PhD in Environmental Geography, Msc in Environment and Natural Resources, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management. He has also attended over 20 professional short courses in the field of his specialisation.

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Fellows

Climate Innovation

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Asaa Ngwabebho Nestor SR

CAMEROON

Mr Asaa Ngwabebho Nestor is a Biochemical engineer with over 8 years’ experience in the development and management of clean and renewable energy technologies (Solar PVs, Natural gas, LNG, CNG &; LPG). He currently serves as Head of Division for Gas &; Renewable energy at the Directorate of Shared Services-ENEO Cameroon, the flagship electricity provider. Within this Directorate he is actively involved in the management of Independent Power Providers (IPPs) and also the development of Solar PVs in the North Region of Cameroon (Project RIN). He has served as Gas Operator for Gaz Du Cameroun (Subsidiary of Victoria Oil and Gas, UK) where he was involved in the construction and commissioning of the first onshore gas processing plant in sub-Sharan Africa (Logbaba Gas Field Development project) along with over 50km of PE gas pipeline.

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Prof. Yacoubi Khebiza Mohammed

MOROCCO

Mohammed Yacoubi Khebiza is a Professor at the University of Marrakesh and he is a senior researcher on socio-environmental vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and change. Research involvements for the last ten years focus on groundwater/surface water and climate change specifically on assessing impact in various land uses in Moroccans Mountains and oases, Greenhouse Gas inventory on Land Use Change and Forestry and adaptation to climate change, ensuring smooth processes of all activities and is also involved in Moroccan science-policy dialogue mechanism processes. He has attended various local and international conferences and trainings on climate change and presented expertise and papers or posters in these meetings. He has also published a number of papers in scientific journals.

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Wafula James

KENYA

James Wafula is a Renewable Energy Professional who promotes the utilisation of Solar Photovoltaic and Biogas systems respectively. James first ventured into the world of Renewable Energy in 1990, shortly after graduating with a BSc degree from the University of Nairobi, when he joined the Biogas promotion program of the Ministry of Energy in Kenya. Thereafter James  acquired an MSc degree in Photovoltaic Systems at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. James involved himself in the marketing of Solar PV products as the East African Area Representative for a German manufacturer. More recently, James has ventured deeper into the academia as a Climate Change/Renewable Energy PhD researcher at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Nairobi.

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Dr. Kasiita Herbert

UGANDA

Herbert Kasiita is a social entrepreneur using his professional knowledge to change society for better mentoring at least one hundred youth every year. He currently works with the Kampala Capital City Authority in charge urban animal production where he has mobilized over one thousand women into a poultry farming cooperative society sourcing markets, inputs, vets, and credit to poor small holder farmers. He was teaching at Makerere University for six years as a Teaching Assistant with a lot of experience in undergraduate training, supervision and mentoring.

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Mr. Ngungoh Emmanuel

CAMEROON

A dynamic, resourceful and resilient project manager, development researcher and innovation manager with a particular interest in climate change adaptation planning and action, climate finance in the wider agricultural, forestry and other land use sector. Emmanuel is the programme manager at the African Development Association and an innovation consultant at UNICEF. He is also a fellow of the Programme for African Leadership at the London School of Economics

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Ms. Manei Carolyne

KENYA

Ms. Manei Naanyu is an Agricultural scientist with 9 years’ experience working with different communities on sustainable agriculture practices and climate adaptation strategies. She is currently the Regional Coordinator for an African Union Led program called the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative. Where she coordinates Agroecology projects across Eastern Africa. Her works involves mainly advocacy on adoption of agroecological policies across the national governments and at the EAC level. She holds an M.Sc. on Agricultural Information and Communication Management and B.Sc. Agriculture both from the University of Nairobi. She aims at contributing for a clean and sustainable environment through adoption of sustainable agriculture practices that are also climate change resilient.

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Fonocho Charlotte Enjoh

CAMEROON

Fonocho Charlotte Enjoh is an Environmental Specialist with over 10 years of experience in addressing environmental issues. Her expertise is proven in the following areas Community development, Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Education, Project Appraisal, Environmental Assessments, Monitoring and Compliance as well as Health and Safety, with components involving stakeholder engagements…

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Dr. Bonkoungou Joachim

BURKINA FASO

Dr BONKOUNGOU Joachim is a researcher on geography, climate and environment, working at CNRST/INERA Burkina Faso since 1999. He defended his doctoral thesis in May 2015 at the Abdou Moumouni university of Niamey, Niger on “variabilities, climate change and vulnerabilities of Burkina Faso’s people”. He got his mater 2 at AGRHYMET regional centre, Niamey, Niger in December 2007. In 2003, he was trained on agriculture research for development by ICRA Montpellier, France. Dr BONKOUNGOU Joachim is also a consultant mainly in adaptation/mitigation of climate change. He spent one year (2018-2019) at the African Development Bank mainstreaming climate change and green growth in all projects submitted by West-African members countries. Recently he was a facilitator for 3 integrated Climate Risks Investment Plans for Millennium Challenge Account – Niger. He was involved also in Burkina Faso’s national adaptation plan, Boucle du Mouhoun region’s adaptation to climate change program formulations.

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Dr. Yanon Galine

CHAD

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Dr. Yeboah Stephen

GHANA

Dr. Stephen Yeboah obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (First Class Honors) from University of Education, Winneba, in 2005, a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Agronomy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2010 and Doctor of Philosophy in Agroecology at Gansu Agricultural University in 2017. In 2011, he was appointed as a Research Scientist in CSIR–Crops Research Institute, Kumasi–Ghana, where he developed various crop production technologies and organized several research and stakeholder linkage activities.

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Fellows

Policy

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Jakarasi Veronica Nonhlanhla

ZIMBABWE

Veronica Nonhlanhla Jakarasi is a Manager for Climate Finance Division with the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe. She is the former Deputy Director for the Climate Change Management Department in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate where she served for a decade after she started as an Environmental Officer in 2008. Mrs Jakarasi is a 2017 Techwomen fellow and an Africa Climate Change Lead Negotiator. She has also negotiated for the Group of 77 and China on Gender and Climate Change since 2015. She is a PhD fellow with the University of South Africa and a sustainability strategist with strong leadership skills across the clock.

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Agyemang Kingsley

GHANA

My name is Kingsley Kwasi Agyemang. I come from Japekrom in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. I possess BSc. Degree in Applied Biology and MSc Degree in Natural Resources – Sustainable Environmental Management from University for Development Studies, Ghana and University of Greenwich, United Kingdom respectively. I currently work with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana as a Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Expert. My responsibilities among others include provision of technical advice and policy direction towards the implementation of climate change related policies, programmes and projects in the Ministry.

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Dr. Amollo Ambole

KENYA

Dr. Amollo Ambole is a design researcher based at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She is passionate about the role of design thinking in socializing technologies for emerging economies. In early 2017, Amollo was one of the nine grantees of the LIRA 2030 program that is supporting early-career researchers across Africa to carry out transdisciplinary studies on the energy-health-natural disasters nexus. In this regard, she is currently leading a multi-country study in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, focusing on the energy-health nexus.

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Njerere Pardon

ZIMBABWE

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Mr. Djohy Mahugnon Serge

BENIN

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Annie Mwayi Mapulanga

MALAWI

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Theresia Willy Massoy

TANZANIA

Theresia is a scientist holding an Msc in Natural Resource Assessment and Management from University of Dar es salaam-Institute of Resource Assessment ; Tanzania, BSc in Tropical Agriculture and also BSc in Botany and Zoology. She is well motivated to collaborate, work and share experiences on restoring Natural Resources at Policy level in order to ensure well being of the farming community who forms majority of the population through better policies, plan and strategies given the current climate change challenges. She is currently working with the Ministry of agriculture; Environment management Unit in Tanzania

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Paul Basudde

UGANDA

I have various competences in information and communication technology, organizational development, community development, youth development, peer education and monitoring & evaluation. I have over fourteen years of relevant working experience. I have been highly active and involved in economic development initiatives and networks. That includes the rolling out of life sustaining skills training and promoting dialogue among the masses. As such, I have undertaken leadership roles in organizational management on peer education and sustainable communication to mention but a few.

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Cynthia Mwandwe

ZAMBIA

Cynthia Mwandwe is currently working for the government of Zambia under the Ministry of Agriculture as an Agricultural officer (agronomy). She holds a BSc in Agroforestry from the Copperbelt University, Zambia and an MSc in climate change development and policy from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Cynthia hopes to contribute to the development of policies, research and projects that protect resource poor farmers from incurring losses due to the impact of  climate change through robust adaptation strategies.

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Alemaw Berhanu Fanta

ETHIOPIA

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