Two dons from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have been appointed to boards of state corporations to serve for a period of three years with effect from the17th April, 2015. In a Kenya Gazette Notice dated April 27, 2015, Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Judy Wakhungu appointed Prof. Losenge Turoop to be a trustee of the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).
In the same publication, Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich appointed Dr. Benard Kipsang Rop, a former Commissioner of mines to the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).
Prof. Losenge who is an Associate Dean at the Faculty of Agriculture has since 2005 severed as a lecturer at the Department of Horticulture. The University of Hannover and JKUAT trained phytopathologist is currently the chairperson, JKUAT resource mobilization committee. He has published over a dozen of papers in refereed journals.
Dr. Benard Kipsang Rop is the Chairperson, Department of Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering and wields 23 years’ experience in implementing mining and energy programmes (petroleum), managing donor component programs and geological exploration and mapping activities in Kenya.
A prolific researcher and author, Dr, Rop has in the last two years, published three books: A Profile Characteristics of Small and Micro Enterprises in Voi, Kenya: Taita Taveta County (2014), Effect of Interest Rates Spread on Performance: Banking Industry in Kenya (2013) and Oil and Gas Prospectivity: North-western Kenya (2013),
REA is a body mandated to expedite the pace of rural electrification in Kenya in order to promote and accelerate socio-economic development.
On the other hand, NETFUND was established by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to facilitate research and capacity building in thematic areas including climate change, sustainable resource exploitation, biodiversity conservation and waste management.