Dr J.P.R. Ochieng- Odero is an active Researcher in assessing the impact and performance of capacity strengthening programmes on socio-economic development and has published over four-dozen articles in the area of Scientific Research, Science & Technology policy. He has served in various positions including Commissioner at Commission for University Education; External Reviewer and External Scientific Advisory Committee; Planning working Group of the National Research Fund; Deputy Director and Head of Scientific Programmes, Consortium of National Health Research; Visiting Scientist, ICIPE; Head of capacity building and Institutional Development programme, ICIPE; Senior Research Scientist and manager of the Research capacity building office, ICIPE; Senior Programme Planning Officer, RANDFORUM; Programme Monitoring Committee of the Regional Integration Research; a member of the Network of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). He has been awarded Head of State Commendation and was a National Merit Scholarship for Science. He has a PhD in Entomology from Auckland University, New Zealand
Dr. Vincent Gaitho is the Mt. Kenya University Council Vice-Chair. He is a lecturer at Catholic University of East Africa. Dr. Gaitho serves as Education Sector Board Vice Chair (Tertiary) at Kenya Private Alliance (KEPSA) that acts as entry point between KEPSA and the Government on Policy advocacy work. He represents KEPSA in the NRF Board of Trustees. He holds a Doctorate degree.
Independent Member and Chair of the Technical Committee of the Board
Dr. Habil Olaka is the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) since 2010. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Association under guidance from the KBA Governing Council. Previously he was the Director of Operations of the East African Development Bank (EADB) based in Kampala after serving as the Resident Manager in Kenya. He earlier served the bank as the Head of Risk Management and as the Chief Internal Auditor. Before joining the Bank, he had been with Banque Indosuez (now Bank of Africa) as the Internal Auditor. He started his career at the PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Division. He is Chairman of the Pan-EAC Financial Service Providers Council and chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Economics of the University of Nairobi. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from USIU-Africa, a First Class Honours BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School in the UK. He is a member of the Institute of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the CFA Institute. He is an alumnus of the Strathmore School of Accountancy.
Independent Member and Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee of the Board
Mr. Jared Osoro serves as Director of Research and Policy, and the Director of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) Centre for Research on Financial Markets and Policy since January 2013. He has over 13 years’ experience as a practicing economist in the financial sector. He most recently served as Bank Economist for the East African Development Bank, a position he held for more than 10 years. His professional interest is in the areas of International Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Economic Policy and Modelling, and Development/Project Financing Economics. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, and has received post-graduate training in Project Financing Economics from Bradford University (United Kingdom), and Development Evaluation Economics from World Bank and Carleton University (Canada).
Independent Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Board
Dr. Moses Rugutt is the Director General at the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation. He holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from University of Glasgow, a Master of Tropical Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Salome M. Guchu is currently the Ag. Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA). She has experience in the area of research and innovation policy and management, and has undertaken various professional trainings on the same. She is a holder of PhD in Chemistry from University of Nairobi, a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from the same university.
Archbishop Titus Ingana is currently Head of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Department and represents Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education at NRF Board of Trustees. He is a former UN policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor (Timor Leste-Indonesia) and has amongst others worked as a consultant in Rwanda on ISCO-Potter Human Resource modelling. He has Authored 18 books. He is a holder of Masters Degree in Geology.
Ms. Edna Atisa is the representative of CS National Treasury and Planning at the NRF Board of Trustees. She is a holder of BA (Economics) and MA (Economics).
Dr. Jemimah G. Onsare is a Principal Research Officer at the Directorate Research Science and Technology (DRST), State Department of University Education and Research, Ministry of Education and is currently the Ag. Chief Executive Officer NRF. She has experience in resource mobilization and management of Research Grants and has participated in various programmes within the ST&I sector both at National and International level. Dr. Onsare also has experience in Microbiological Research (Antimicrobials),grants proposal writing and has published a number of research articles in international Journals of repute. She holds a PhD (Applied Microbiology – Antimicrobials) under the Kenya – India Bilateral Agreement Scholarship from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar – India and has training on putting ideas to work – strategies for innovation – led sustainable growth (International Programme Sponsored by SIDA).