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230 15th Road, Randjespark

Midrand, South Africa

Email: aggreya(at) 


Prof. Aggrey Ambali is currently serving as Head of Science, Technology and Innovation Hub (NSTIH) at the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency, where he oversees development and implementation of programs in education, health, and science and technology. He has also served in other positions at the NEPAD Agency, including Director of Policy Alignment and Program Development, Coordinator of the African Biosciences Initiative, and Coordinator of Science and Technology for the Southern Africa region.

He has been actively involved in science, technology and innovation programmes of the African Union. He coordinated the work of the African Union High Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation which was appointed in July 2012 and mandated to prepare a ten year African Union Science, Technology and Innovation strategy for Africa, 2014- 2024 (STISA 2024). Outside the NEPAD Agency, he served as an external member of Governing Council of the University of Namibia, and member of the Innovation Council of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). He serves on several committees including the Technical Advisory Committee of the Biosafety Program of ICGEB, Chair of the Management Committee of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), member of the Advisory Panel of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA), etc.

Aggrey Ambali is currently coordinating the process of establishing a high level African Union panel on harnessing emerging technologies for Africa’s development. Aggrey Ambali obtained a PhD degree in Population Genetics from Dalhousie University, Canada, Masters of Science in Aquaculture from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from University of Malawi. He served as a faculty member at the University of Malawi where he became a Professor of Biology in 2003.


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Executive Director

Institute for Social Transformation

Plot 390 Sebowa Zone

Kiwatule, Uganda

Email: thelmaawori(at)

Thelma Awori was the Founding Chair and President of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, an organization which was named in honor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president and the granddaughter of a market woman. The fund helps to build decent workplaces for thousands of market women, enhances their voices in policy making at regional and national levels and offers them direct services such as credit, literacy, water and sanitation, storage, and child care for their children. Her work with market women in urban and rural markets has positioned her well for membership of the Urban Strategy Council of GDF Suez. She is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Hairou Commission which among other things promotes the participation of women in urban development.


Awori has a passion for promoting transformational leadership among rural women. To further this goal she has established the Institute for Social Transformation that develops leadership and critical thinking skills among women at the community level in rural and urban areas and among development practitioners who work with this target group. Awori is also experienced in the area of women and international peace keeping which has been invaluable in her tenure as President of Isis Women’s Cross Cultural Exchange and member of the Board of Femme African Solidarity, two organizations that focus on this issue. She also served as a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group to the Secretary General on UN Security Council Resolution 1325.


Awori, a Liberian/Ugandan, received her BA (Hons. cum laude) in Social Relations and Cultural Anthropology from Harvard University and MA in Adult Education and Humanistic Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She recently received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.


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University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Nsukka Road, Ihe Nsukka 410001

Nsukka, Nigeria

Email: benjamin.ozumba(at)


Professor Ozumba hails from Abba in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. He was born March 21, 1954. Professor Ozumba studied medicine at the University of Lagos where he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Subsequently he gained his postgraduate qualifications from the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecology in United Kingdom and College of Surgeons in United States of America.
Professor Ozumba was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in June 2014. Prior to that, he was a Professor/Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Dentistry; a position he held for over twenty (20) years.

He has received a number of national and international award and honours including the Swedish Anders Fredrik Regnell Award for the break-through study ‘hypertension, diabetes and obesity’; Distinguished Service Award from the President International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He authored number of books and editorial member of several journals. He also held several national and international appointments, chaired a number of national committees and contributed immensely in the improvement of university education in Nigeria.
Through his charity work, Ozumba has established an NGO responsible for conducting free medical outreach programme for the treatment of rural communities in Nigeria
He is married to Chinelo Ozumba (Nee Udokwu) and blessed with five children.


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Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 211B
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039



Saweda joined the department at MSU as an assistant professor in January 2012 and received tenure in 2018. Her current research focuses on differential effects of policies and poverty reduction strategies on farmer behavior and welfare.  This includes accounting for the potentially different marginal benefits of reducing agricultural production constraints; largely credit and information.

Her current work looks at the differential effect of social networks on technology adoption and bargaining power, given household poverty status. Saweda’s current research also looks at strategies to improve efficient fertilizer access and use in developing countries.  Her research has looked at using asset poverty measures to better understand the dynamics of rural poverty and its effect on the behavior of farmers.

Before coming to MSU, she was a Post Doctoral fellow at The International Food Policy Research Institute.  She received her PhD in Agriculture and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning and an MA in Third World Development, both from The University of Iowa. Her research work on poverty and international development has taken her to several states in the USA, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.  Saweda was a Norman Borlaug Fellow in 2007, during which she spent over 10 months in Ethiopia doing research. She is currently working on Feed The Future Innovation Lab For Food Security Policy: Nigeria and Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa - GISAIA. 

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Poverty reduction strategies
  • Social networks
  • Agricultural input markets
  • Food security and agricultural productivity


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Egerton University

P O Box 536

Egerton, Kenya

Email: vc(at)


Prof Rose Mwonya in 2016 became the fourth Vice chancellor of Egerton University and the first female ever to join such ranks at the institution. She is now one of four female VCs at public universities in Kenya. Prof Mwonya takes over the leadership even as Egerton University boasts of beating both KU, Moi, JKUAT and Strathmore to be ranked second in the country. The University was ranked second after UoN in January 2016 Webometrics ranking.

In the 28 years she has been at the institution, she has held various positions among them founding director of the Centre for Women Studies and Gender Analysis and also the chairperson of the Department of Agriculture and Home Economics. She would later rise to become the dean of students in 2007 and a year later she was appointed the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of  academic  affairs,  a position she held until her appointment to head the university in October 2016.


Professor Mwonya pursued a diploma at Egerton University, then under the University of Nairobi. She finished her three-year-course in Agriculture and Home Economics in 1975 then was later posted to Kakamega district as a District Home Economics Officer. She worked in that position shortly before going to Bukura Institute of Agriculture in the then Western province as a lecturer to fulfil her dreams. She subsequently received a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture at Iowa State University which she completed in one and a half years. She also pursued an MSc and PhD in Home Economics Education at the same institution until 1984 focusing on child development and adult education among other aspects.


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Regional Universities Forum for Capacity

Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

Plot 151/155 Garden Hill,

Makerere University Main Campus

P.O. Box 16811 Wandegeya

Kampala, Uganda

Email: m.osiru(at)


Mooses holds a PhD in Agriculture (Plant Pathology) and MSc (Plant Breeding/ Pathology) from Makerere University. Osiru has over 15 years’ experience in the agricultural and higher education sectors, including close to 10 years within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). As Regional Pathologist with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Moses supported small holder farmers to improve groundnut production and marketing, including through mitigating aflatoxin contamination in groundnut in Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Ghana (based in Bamako, Mali) and in Eastern and Southern Africa (based in Lilongwe, Malawi). Osiru supported farmers in East and Central Africa to combat Banana Xanthomonas Wilt and other banana diseases through research and development activities at Bioversity and its BARNESA network in East and Central Africa.


During his time with the Ministry of Agriculture (PMA Secretariat, NARS Secretariat) in Uganda, Osiru participated in the review and reform of agricultural research in Uganda that led to the new agricultural research policy in 2004. Osiru continues to teach plant pathology related courses at Makerere University. Osiru currently serves on the Board of the African Crop Science Society and the International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA) and on editorial boards of a number of Journals, including the Journal of Phytology. He was a member of the Founding Steering Group of the African Forum on Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), and current on a number of Steering Committees including the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations (GCHERA) and the Swedish Agriculture for Food Security 2030 Initiative. Osiru led the development of ECOWAS’s Strategy and Action Plan for the Control of aflatoxins in West and Central Africa and a needs assessment for African agricultural research and training institutions to enhance collaboration with Brazil.


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United States International University - Africa
Off USIU Road, Off Thika Road (Exit 7)
P. O. Box 14634 - 00800, 
Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa
Email: vc(at); pzeleza(at)

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Vice Chancellor and Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, a position he assumed on January 1, 2016. He was installed as the university’s second Vice Chancellor on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Prior to joining USIU-Africa, he was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of History at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. Previously he was Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the President’s Professor of History and African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He also served as head of the Department of African American Studies and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, taught at the Pennsylvania State University, and was Director of the Center for African Studies and Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to the United States in 1995, he was College Principal and Professor of History and Development Studies at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. Earlier he worked at the University of MalawiUniversity of the West Indies, and Kenyatta University. In 2006 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In Fall 2015, he was a fellow at Harvard University. 

In the early 2000s he worked as a consultant for the Ford and MacArthur foundations on their initiatives to revitalize higher education in Africa and as an adviser to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development for a project on Policy Report on Gender and Development: 10 Years after Beijing. His research project on the African academic diaspora conducted for the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2011-12 led to the establishment of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program in 2013 that has to date sponsored nearly 200 African born academics in the United States and Canada to work with dozens of universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. He is a past president of the U.S. African Studies Association (2008-2009). He has raised millions of dollars in personal research projects and for institutional development.

Professor Zeleza earned his B.A. with Distinction from the University of Malawi and an M.A from the University of London, where he studied African history and international relations. He holds his Ph.D. in economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.