Mr. Robin Achoki - CHAIRMAN

Appointed on 15th May 2019.

Mr. Achoki has over 20 years’ experience in public finance having served in the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Ministry of Planning and National Development. In the Ministries he served as the Head of Economic Unit of Budgetary and Supply Department.  He has also served as a member of the Presidential Taskforce on the Coffee Subsector Reforms; as Secretary to the Panel of Experts on the Review of Performance Contracting in the Public Sector; as Alternate Director to the Permanent Secretary/Treasury in the Board of Directors of National Council for Science and Technology and as Alternate Director to the Permanent Secretary/Treasury in the Board of Director of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. Presently he serves as a member of the Kisii University Council.

Mr. Achoki has a wealth of knowledge on public finance, strategic planning, strategic management, economic policy formulation & analysis and public sector budgeting & fiscal infrastructure. He is well versed with the formulation of management policies and is a keen promoter of economic development.

Dr Esther Kimani - MANAGING DIRECTOR

Dr. Kimani has held various positions at KEPHIS: Managing Director, August 2014 to date; General Manager Phytosanitary Services, 2011 to August 2014; Head Phytosanitary and Biosafety Services, 2008 to 2010 and Officer in Charge – Plant Quarantine & Bio Safety Station Muguga, 2001 to 2008.

She holds a PhD in Crop Protection, an MSc in Plant Pathology and a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi. She is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration, (Strategic Management) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Dr. Kimani has been instrumental in the development of standards under the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), where she has been serving as a standards committee member since 2012. She coordinated the activities for the establishment and operationalization of a Center for Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) at KEPHIS, which to date has trained over 1044 participants from the Eastern Africa region.

Prof. Anne W.T. Muigai - Director

Appointed on 14th December, 2018

Prof. Muigai is a molecular population geneticist with over 15 years’ experience in the field of Genetics and Biotechnology.  She holds a doctorate degree in Biochemistry, and a Master of Science in Genetics.  She joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology - JKUAT in 1992 as a teaching assistant and has risen to the position of a Professor of Genetics in the Department of Botany. She has held several academic and administrative positions within JKUAT including being the pioneer Chairperson of the Department of Botany. She has served as the Director of the Institute for Biotechnology Research, member of the JKUAT Senate and has also served in the JKUAT University Council.  Currently she is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology, and is the Coordinator of the postgraduate programmes in the Department of Botany.  

She has also served as a Visiting Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya where she was the coordinator of a research project on the characterization of indigenous sheep genetic resources of Kenya. She has carried out several consultancies for ILRI.  Currently she is a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Animal Genetics to the African Union Inter-African Bureau on Animal Genetics (AU-IBAR). At the KEPHIS Board, she serves as the Chairperson of the Technical Committee, and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Prof. Paul K. Kimurto - Director

Appointed on 6th June, 2018
Prof. Kimurto is Associate Professor at Egerton University, Faculty of Agriculture and currently the Director of Agro-Science Park (GOK, Vision 2030 Flagship Project) and Head of Egerton University Seed Unit and Team Leaders Seeds of Gold communication Platform. He has over 15 yrs experience in academia and research. He is a Professionally Dryland research and drought stress physiology/Breeding specialist with enormous experiences in dryland development and validation of breeding and variety development techniques, Application of molecular breeding techniques, Irrigation, fertility and water use and management and seed systems in ASALs, Training and curricula development, scientific writing and reporting. He has attended several International courses offered by ICRISAT, CIMMYT, Generation Challenge Program-GCP, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), IFS, BECA/ILRI and Germany-DAAD in breeding, Genetics, Application of molecular breeding techniques, Bio-Saline and Drought Technology and Seed systems.

He holds a PhD in Crop Science (Crop Physiology/Breeding), and a Master of Science in Crop Science & a BSc in Agriculture. He has authored/co-authored over 20 papers in refereed journals and over 50 Conference proceedings in various fields, production, application of biotechnology and molecular breeding in Agriculture, climate change resilience, modelling among others. He is/has been supervisor of several Msc.& PhD Students in local and other universities. He has won several grants in research in development of resilient high yielding crop varieties of Beans, Chickpea, Finger millet, wheat, Sorghum funded by several International Donors like Gates Foundation AGRA, CIAT, ICRISAT

Mr Moses M. Atuko - Director

Appointed on 6th June, 2018

Mr. Atuko is currently a consultant with United Nations. Previously, he worked as County Executive for Health Services and Environment-Mining-Energy, both for Baringo County Government; Country Director for MENTOR Initiative, Kenya; Regional Manager for Kenya Red Cross, North Rift; Deputy Country Director for MENTOR Initiative, Liberia; Emergency Health Manager for Kenya Red Cross, Nairobi; Project Officer with Aga Khan Foundation, Mombasa; and has been a Public Health Consultant for over 6 years. He is a graduate of Public Health, Moi University, 2004

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