Prof. B. W. Ikua

Research Chair

He holds a PhD in Design and Information Engineering from Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori Engineering University, Japan. He is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Precision Manufacturing. He has a wide experience in Manufacturing Systems including machine design and development, maintenance systems and non-traditional manufacturing systems. He also has a wide management experience, and has worked both in industrial sector and academic sector. He has held senior management positions including Head of Department, Dean of School, Principal of College of Engineering and Technology and currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), JKUAT.

He has successfully supervised several postgraduate students (MSc and PhD) in areas of industrial machine design, manufacturing, mechatronics, automation and safety.  He has been involved in several linkages projects. He has also been involved in several funded innovation projects, including development of a rice thresher, development of an electrical discharge machine, clay grinder and a blunger, among others. He has widely published in reputable journals and presented research findings in several international conferences.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Corporate member of Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK).

He has participated in a wide range of funded projects including the EU mobility scheme for postgraduate training.

Prof. Willy Muturi

Stream Leader Socio-Economics and Policy Issues

Currently an Associate professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Accounting and Finance, Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology, PhD in Economics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has over 50 articles in refereed journals journals has wide experience in Economics, research and Policy Issues.

Prof. Daniel Sila

Stream Leader Food and Beverage

He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science and Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. He holds a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and a MSc in Post-harvest and Food Preservation Engineering from the same University. Currently, he is the Project Manager for the European Union funded project on Food Fortification in Kenya (2017 - 2023), a collaborative effort between JKUAT and Ministry of Health. He is also the Programme Coordinator (2017 -2027) for the VLIR-UOS (Belgium) funded Legume Centre of Excellence for Food and Nutrition Security. He has been the Chairman of the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics (2012- 2016) at JKUAT. He has over 15 years experience on University – Industry linkages. Daniel has over 40 publications in international peer review journals and won the JKUAT Chancellor’s Research Merit Award of the most leveraged funds in 2017.

Prof. Martin Obanda

Stream Leader Monitoring and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Directorate of Production, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, he is currently the Director, Production& Innovations Department, JKUAT he holds a PhD in Plant Biochemistry & Enzymology from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine Has over 50 publications in international peer review journals of high impact and has presented in many national and international fora.

Prof. Walyambillah Waudo

Stream Leader Beauty and Cosmetic

Holds a PhD from University of Kwa Zulu, Natal, South Africa Currently the Director of Chemistry Products Centre. This the hub of chemical research, innovation and also as an income generating unit mandated to manufacture quality chemical products e.g. beauty products and paints, he has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in diverse areas in electroanalytical chemistry, industrial chemistry and as well as environmental chemistry.

Eng. B. K. Kariuki

Stream Leader Intellectual Property

Eng. B. K. Kariuki is currently a senior lecture department of mechanical Eng. at JKUAT, has previously served as an engineer at the ministry of public works in Kenya, he holds a MSc in environmental engineering from London south bank university, he acts as a director, directorate of intellectual property and university-industry liaison at JKUAT.

Prof. John T. Githaiga

Stream Leader Textile and Fiber

Prof. Githaiga is an Associate Professor School of Engineering, Dept. of Manufacturing, Industrial and Textile Engineering, Moi University, and holds a PhD from University of Ghent, Belgium. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rivatex East Africa limited, and is the Acting Managing Director, Innovations Firm Ltd (owned by Moi University). He has technical and management experience in both industrial and academic sectors; previously chairman of Dept., Project Leader and later Programme Coordinator of the Belgian funded Flemish Inter-University Council – Institutional University Cooperation (VLIR-IUC). He has research and extension experience and has been involved in a number of funded projects: in coconut (PI for a coconut project with NACOSTI), cotton and silk value chains, and design of manufacturing systems. He has supervised several Masters and PhD students in fields of Textiles, Industrial and Materials Engineering.