Updated on April 22, 2016
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Dr. Ogunyoku is a Research Scientist at IBM Research-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. She is leading a team to develop a system that mines security data, from social media, and contextual data to identify, qualify and verify public safety incidents. Dr. Ogunyoku is also the Design Thinking Lead for the Africa lead. She facilitates workshops that enable researchers and software developers to use design thinking practices to create and develop technologies that meet end users' needs.
Prior to IBM Research-Africa, Dr. Ogunyoku was the head researcher for a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work targeted improving sanitation conditions in urban communities in low-income countries.
Dr. Ogunyoku earned BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Riverside and MS and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Leonard Oruko currently works as a private consultant, leading an initiative on improving data and information on adoption of improved crop varieties. Over the last 13 years, Leonard has designed and managed results measurement systems for a range of initiatives. Working for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2011 to 2014, he served as the founding director for measurement learning and Evaluation at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and a Research Coordinator. During this period, he leveraged IFPRI’s rigorous analytical capacity to inform the design and implantation of the ATA programmes.
From 2006-2011, he worked for both Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) as the head of monitoring and evaluation. Working with IFPRI’s Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) coordination units at the Africa Union and the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, the Regional economic Communities (RECs) and the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), he mainstreamed the use of large datasets from secondary sources to track the outcomes of CAADP investments at country, regional and continental levels. He also led a team of experts to design the Mutual Accountability Framework for CAADP.
Leonard has also served as an Advisor to DFID Uganda and a research economist at both the International livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and CAB International, Africa region. He started his career as a Research Officer at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and was one of the first crop of agricultural economists who set up the socio-economics programme.
Mr. Campbell runs operations for Mediae in Kenya and has over 35 years’ experience working in development communications. Under his leadership, Mediae has become the region’s leader in researching and producing media productions that are highly effective at impacting on people’s knowledge, attitudes and practices, including Tembea na Majira, Makutano Junction, Shamba Shape Up, Pilika Pilika, KnowZone and many others. His innovative program format for Shamba Shape Up has changed the way agricultural information can be accessed by large audiences across the East Africa region. He was given an OBE in 2008 for his work supporting education and development in Africa through media.
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