Our Team

Dr. Elizabeth Kamau

Elizabeth is a human nutrition expert with vast experience in maternal and infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN), Social marketing for behavior change in nutrition and health, community nutrition and epidemiology, agricultural innovations for enhancing food security, nutrition sensitive agriculture as well as m-health for improving delivery of nutrition messages. She has over 30 years teaching, research and consultancy experience and is currently involved in multi-disciplinary research in the area of community nutrition especially for women and young children. She also works with national and international multi-stakeholder platforms in sustainable food systems. Outputs of her research work includes improved nutrition and health indicators for women, infants and young children for the benefit of communities. She has implemented collaborative research with Universities in America, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Malawi, Israel, South Africa, Austria, Uganda and Ethiopia. She has a PhD in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Vienna, Austria; an M.P.H from Curtin University of Technology, Australia; and a BSc. in Agriculture and Home Economics from Egerton University, Kenya. She has supervised over 4 Doctorate and over 10 master’s students in nutrition and nutrition-related disciplines. She serves in the technical committees of the Kenya Bureau of Standards as a chair of the national standards committee on processed cereals and legumes and as a committee member of the food fortification program.

 


Prof. Bockline Bebe 

Bebe is a professor of livestock systems and oriented to systems thinking analysis in searching for solutions to complex sustainability concerns in the food systems. He obtained his Doctoral and Master degrees from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, and Bachelor degree and Diploma from Egerton University in Kenya. He has over 25 years of experience in university education, agricultural development, and in managing research, extension and consultancy projects, and in policy analysis. His research interests are in sustainable food systems, adaptation and mitigation of climate change in mixed livestock systems, sustainable mixed livestock production and pastoral systems, epidemiology of intensification diseases and the role of livestock in circular food systems. In partnership with Wageningen University and Research, he is currently working on making Food System Innovation Platforms operational to transform regional food systems towards more regeneration and inclusivity in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. He has consulted for the Government of Kenya, the East African Community and the African Union. From these assignments, he (co-)authored strategy and policy documents for development of animal resources, livestock policies, dairy masterplan, project evaluation reports on agricultural extension models and climate change projects. He is a scientific reviewer to several international journals, scientific conferences and technical position papers. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and contributed to a number of book chapters and book editorials. He has (co-)authored over 170 scientific papers published in peer journals and conferences, for which his citation index in the google scholar as at April 2023 was scored 2177 overall, 24 h-index and 47 i10-index ((https://scholar.google.com/citations?h=en&user=diffuy8gAAAAJ. 


Dr. Bernard Kirui

Bernard is a natural resource scientist with focus on forest systems and keen on providing solutions to conservation challenges. He obtained his PhD from Edinburgh Napier University on ecology of mangrove ecosystem, his MSc from Egerton University where he developed allometric equations for estimating aboveground biomass of two mangrove species at the Kenya. Bernard is a Senior Lecturer in management of natural resources with over 20 years of teaching and research experience in coastal and marine ecosystem, terrestrial ecosystem, higher education teaching and extension and consultancy projects. Bernard also has over 7 years’ experience in management position having served as a departmental held and later as an associate Dean at Egerton University. He is a technical member at Plan Vivo Technical Review Panel (TRP). TRP is a body of experts who help to ensure that Plan Vivo projects uphold the requirements in the Plan Vivo carbon Standard relating to the estimation and monitoring of carbon benefits. At Egerton University, Bernard has served in various administrative capacities including being the Head of Department of Natural Resources (2015-2021), Associate Dean of Faculty of Environment & Resources Development. (2022-current). He has also been a member in various committees including tree planting committee, Egerton University Conference Organizing committee among others. He has managed various collaborative projects with national and international partners that implemented research, consultancy, capacity building and community empowerment interventions Bernard has consulted for various agencies including Twaweza Kenya, East Africa Wildlife Society and Golder International (UK). He is a scientific reviewer to several international journals, scientific conferences and technical position papers. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and contributed to a number of book chapters and book editorials. He has (co-)authored over 25 scientific papers published in peer journals and conferences, for which his citation index in the google scholar as at April 2023 was scored 933 overall, 13 h-index and 15 i10-index (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=glqSsqAAAAAJ&hl=en). He is currently working on Carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from mangroves and modeling forest fire occurrence and impacts on carbon dynamics.


Dr Grace Kibue

Grace holds a PhD in Environmental Science from Nanjing Agricultural University, MSc and BSc in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University. She is a natural resources management and planning expert with interests in land restoration and rehabilitation, climate change mitigation and adaptations. She is involved in various activities with farming and forest adjacent communities aimed at restoring and/ or rehabilitating the degraded resources. She is also working together with the communities to come up with tools/interventions that can enable them to cope with the changes thus building climate resilient communities. Grace is a lecturer at the Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University with close to 20 years of teaching and research in forest management, Renewable energy and development and impacts of climate change on natural resources. Consequently, she has and continues to supervise both masters and PhD student and has published widely in peer reviewed journals and co-authored a book chapter. Grace is a registered Lead Expert with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and with over 10 years of experience in conducting Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)/ Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and climate change studies. She has participated in a number of consultancies either as a lead expert or as member of a team of experts in providing consultancy services related to environment and natural resources management.

About Connar

Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (CONNAR) was Registered in 2011 as a consultancy with the aim of offering evidence-based solutions to communities and institutions on sustainable livelihoods and environmental resources. The ultimate goal is, to build food-secure and climate-resilient communities.

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