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Chairperson Prof. Caroline Langat Thoruwa (Ph. D)

Prof. Caroline Langat Thoruwa (Ph. D) is the current Director of  Kenyatta University, Nairobi City Campus, Kenya. She has served in various capacities at the university including Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director - Center for Linkages and International Programs. Her research work and interests is in the area of Organic & Natural Products chemistry, medicinal chemistry, post- harvest products and biofuels. She has a passion for projects that serve to improve the educational and social status of girls and women. She has been involved in projects for attracting, recruiting and retaining girls and women in STEM. She is involved in mentoring young scientists. A Founder member of African Women in Science and Engineering since inception in 1999, and previously the Secretary of AWSE before  being elected as chairperson in 2010. She is currently a Board member of International Network Women Engineers & Scientists (INWES).


Prof. Mary Abukutsa-Onyango(PhD) is an accomplished researcher at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. Her research work in indigenous vegetables and mediciinal plants has received international awards which include: the presidential award of Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear(2010), the top prize in the African Union Regional Woman Scientist in Earth and Life Sciences(2010), and the Edinburgh Medal(2014). She has also held various leadership positions at the university such as Coordinator of Resource Mobilization Committee(JKUAT) and Director of Postgraduate Studies(Maseno University). She is also a mentor for African women scientists through the mentorship program at the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD).


Mrs. Mary Mwangi(MSc.) is a lecturer at the Kenyatta University, Kenya, specializing in Plant Biotechnology. Her research involves working with women in the communities to tackle food security and poverty reduction. She has conducted various research projects with various organization s which include:National Council of Science and Technology(NCST), Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and Lake Victoria Research Initiative(VICRES) among others. She has been an active member of AWSE.


Prof. Ethel Monda(PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Kenyatta University, Kenya, specializing in post-harvest fungi. She is a well published researcher,working and mentoring students in the area. She is the current director of Intellectual Property Rights at Kenyatta University, having worked in intellectual property since 2008. She is a board member in several organizations including the Chandaria business innovation incubation center, which mentors young enterpreneurs. She is also a member of the Network of African Centres for Technology Development and Transfer in Africa.


Dr. Jolly Kabirizi (PhD) is a forage agronomist working with the National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda. She has been an active advocate for incorporation of legume crops in small -holder farming systems in Uganda. She has been involved in several funded projects as well as mentoring fellow women scientists, encouraging them to use their scientific knowledge to better the lives of the community.


Prof. Mabel Imbuga(PhD) is the Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT), Kenya. She is a Professor of Biochemistry, with extensive teaching and scholarly experience. She has demonstrative leadership experience as Dean of Faculty of Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic affairs(JKUAT). She mentors young scientists and engineers through speaking at various forums. She is also one of the founding members of AWSE; immediate former Director of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists; and member, International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES).


Sylvia Materu(MSc.) is an assistant lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Her research interest is in environmental toxicology.She has worked in raising awareness on the environmental resource management and conservation. Her ongoing PhD research is focused on agricultural and poverty alleviation policies, towards proper management of wetlands concerning wetlands.


Ms. Rehema Ndeda is an assistant lecturer in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. She is a mechatronic engineer, whose research interests are in the process modelling and optimization. She has interests in working with young engineers towards enterpreneurial and poverty alleviation activities.