Prof James K. Wabacha
Prof. James K. Wabacha, BVM, MSC, Ph.D.
Chairman KAGRC Board of Directors

Key Qualification:
Ph.D. and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Master of Science degree from Free University of Brussels.
Work Experience:
• A veterinarian by profession with vast experience in research, teaching, and public administration and management. He has vast knowledge, skills and experience in design, management and coordination of large livestock development projects and programmes in Africa Union Member States;
• Has both local and international experience in livestock development having worked in Kenya for many years in livestock development and at African Union Interafrican Bureau for animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a technical office of the African Union Commission in charge of livestock development in Africa for over 12 years;
• 2009 to-date James has served as Technical Livestock Advisor at African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) with a leave of absence from University of Nairobi.
• He served as Chairman, Board of Directors of the Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (KEVEVAPI) from 2015 to September 2021;
• Previously served as the Chairman of the Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, for six years;
• Has served in many committees and Boards at the University of Nairobi and has served as a Board member in several secondary schools.

Obadiah Njagi
Dr. Obadiah Njagi
Member Representing PS State Department of Livestock

Dr. Njagi is the Director of Veterinary Services and a member of the board representing the Principal Secretary, State Department of Livestock. Dr. Njagi has wide experience in leaderships and collaborations in the field veterinary services. Dr Njagi is a graduate of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Degree and Master of Science Degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies from the University of Nairobi. He represents Kenya in the O.I.E

John Gethi
Mr. John Gethi
Member

John is currently Director - Milk Procurement and Manufacturing - Brookside Africa Ltd. He is an Agricultural Economics graduate of University of London. He has been in farming and the agribusiness industry for almost 30 years and has held several agribusiness responsibilities spanning dairy, seed, horticulture, coffee and tea. John has also been involved in several National dairy task forces set up to tackle key issues within the industry

Robert Gatonga
Mr. Robert Gatonga
Member Representing CS, National Treasury

Mr. Gatonga is a representative of the Principal Secretary of the
National Treasury to the board. He is a member of the finance human resource and administration and the audit committee of the board.
Mr. Robert Wanyondu Gatonga is currently a Resource Mobilization Officer at the National Treasury. He has previously worked with the State Department of Statistics and Planning as a District Development
Officer. He is currently charged with mobilizing domestic and external resources for financing national and county budgetary requirements and undertake bilateral and multilateral negotiations relating to grants and loans. He has vast experience in formulation of development plans and financial budgets. He is also an ICT expert especially in software and database management systems

Martin Ngomat
Mr. Martin Ngomat
Member

Mr. Martin Ngomat is an Agricultural Economist and a Board member of KAGRC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Agriculture and a Master’s Degree of Science in Agriculture and Rural Development from Kenya Methodist University

Zenna Challa
Ms. Zena Challa
Member

Ms. Zena Challa is an Agricultural Economist. She holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics (1992) Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness studies Egerton University Kenya. Dissertation – The Role of Women in food production and a MSc in Development Projects: management and implementation (2003) International, Rural Development Department, Reading University in the United Kingdom. (Thesis – Project Evaluation and Utilization of findings: theory and practice.)

Joseph Mureithi
Dr. Joseph Mureithi
Member Representing Director General KALRO

Dr. Joseph Gichane Mureithi is currently the Deputy Director General for Livestock Research, Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Institute, a position he has held since July 2006. Prior to this, he served as the coordinator of the Legume Research Network Project (LRNP), the Soil Management Project, and Farmer Field School Project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation between 1997 and 2006. Dr. Joseph Mureithi is a forage agronomist who has extensive experience in green manure cover crops (GM/CCs) research and development work. As the coordinator of the LRNP he spearheaded the development of the GM/CCs systems for various agro-ecologies in Kenya and also characterized their potential niches. He is trained in participatory research methods and was involved in the training of five dairy research/extension clusters in Kenya in those methods. Dr Mureithi is a member of the Technical Committee of the Board.

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Ruth Nashipae Muigai
Director

Director Ruth Nashipae Muigai holds a Master of Laws in Human Rights and International law from the University of East London. She has several years’ experience in the field in different capacities. Currently a law lecturer at Catholic University, while consulting for different international and local NGOs on donor funding proposal writing, program development, training on women and children's rights, monitoring and evaluation, dispute resolution, governance and policy issues amongst others. She has published papers and journals in these subjects and presented them at different international forums. Director is a steering committee member of CMD - Center for Multiparty Democracy, a member of FAWE - Federation of African Women Educationalists, WIB - Women in Business and My Leader Kenya.

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Dr. Margaret Nafula Makelo

Dr. Margaret Nafula Makelo (PhD), is currently the Director, Knowledge Management, Technology Transfer and Capacity Building in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, State Department for Crops Development and Agricultural Research on secondment. Dr Makelo is a plant breeder PhD (pigeonpea breeding) graduate from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She has a MSc in Plant pathology and BSc Botany/zoology from the university of Nairobi. Dr Makelo has worked for Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) for over 30 years starting as a plant pathologist at KALRO Kisii then later as a program Officer (Technology Packaging and Transfer), and Assistant Director (Technology Transfer) at KALRO Headquarters, Nairobi. She has served in various committees as a science editor, in task forces, as AWARD mentor for KALRO, as principal coordinator of various projects. She has published widely in refereed journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and co-authored booklets and training manuals.

David Kios
Dr. David Kios
Managing Director

Dr. David K. Kios – Managing Director at Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre is a holder of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Nairobi, Master of Science in Animal Breeding from the University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theriogenology (Animal Production) from University of Nairobi. He is in charge of day to day running of the Centre’s activities and Secretary to the Board. He also serves as a Director at Action Aid and a member of the Board of management of Kipture High School. He has extensive knowledge in research and development gained at the University of Eldoret.