Three 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 October 16, 2019.
In a Kenya Gazzette Notice, dated October 17, 2019, President, Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Prof. Losenge Turoop to be the Chairperson of the Uwezo Fund Oversight Board.
In the same publication, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia appointed Dr. Susan Mambo and Dr. Joseph Birundu Mogendi to be board members of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.
Prof. Losenge, who once served as an Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has since 2005 severed as a lecturer at the Department of Horticulture. The University of Hannover and JKUAT trained Phytopathologist has published over a dozen of papers in refereed journals and has been a visiting scholar at Clemson University in the US.
Dr. Susan Mambo is currently the Chairperson, Department of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health, and has over 10 years’ experience in Public Health Systems Strengthening both in government, private sector and academia.
The Doctor of Health Systems Management, is a strategic and innovative leader with expertise in designing and implementing health policies, guidelines and academic curricula. While working for Kiambu County as a Senior Public Health Officer, Dr. Mambo led communities in the county in achieving and maintaining public health standards geared towards disease prevention, promotion of health and rehabilitation of disease cases.
Dr. Mambo, passionate about youth empowerment, mentorship and career guidance, is also the Country Director of Women Advancement in Economic and Leadership Empowerment Africa Foundation.
Dr. Joseph Birundu Mogendi is a Lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC-2017), a US based research unit operating in Africa.
Most recently, Dr. Birundu was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as a panelist at the Salaries Remuneration Commission through Gazette Notice No. 47 of 2018.
Dr. Birundu holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences, and MSc. from the University of Ghent, Belgium, as well as a BSc. in Food Science and Nutrition from JKUAT.
The Youth Enterprise Development Fund seeks to create employment opportunities for young people through entrepreneurship and encouraging them to be job creators and not job seekers, while Uwezo Fund aims at enabling women, youth and persons with disability access finances to promote businesses and enterprises at the constituency level.