Board Members Profiles

    Dr. Hannington Odame

    Executive Director

    Dr. Odame is a PhD holder and founding member and the Executive Director of Kenya-based Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE), where he leads initiatives on capacity building of smallholder farmers and youth agri-preneurs and facilitates their linkages to information, markets and policy on tree, crop and livestock value chains. He is also part-time Regional Coordinator of Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) programme, which aims to produce new information and insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new five-year programme builds on more than a decade of research and policy engagement work by the Future Agricultures Consortium (www.future-agricultures.org) –where he served as a Regional Coordinator for the East African Hub and a co-convener of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Theme. Hannington has undertaken policy research, capacity building and evaluation assignments for international and local agencies on innovation systems of crop and livestock sub-systems.

    • Location: Nairobi

      Dr. Nicky Rosa Maria Pouw

      Dr. Nicky Pouw is a founding member of CABE in Kenya and development economist and assistant professor in the International Development Studies programme at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. She received her PhD at the Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2008, based on extensive field research on the characterization and monitoring of poverty in rural Uganda. Part of her training took place at Essex University, UK, and at the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA. As a member of the Governance for Inclusive Development research group at UvA, she is involved in research projects on rural development, women and agriculture in Kenya, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and on poverty, inequality and well-being in Sri Lanka and India. She is research fellow and board member of the Scientific Committee of the Africa Study Centre at Leiden University. In addition, she holds a position as External Examiner at Cardiff University, UK. . She is currently researching inclusive economics theories and policies in global economic development.

          Mrs. Regina Akumu Obuba

          Mrs. Regina Akumu is a Board Member at CABE and a Farmer Entreprenuer in Busia County. She is a community leader, an active community mobilizer and; a Trainer of Trainers ( ToT) in agriculture, business enterprises, and community health. She also facilitates linkages to small groups accessing development funds such as Uwezo Funds as well as other social; and economic services and resources. Regina is also a member of Tax Payers Association in Western Region and a seasoned Election Presiding Officer in Busia County. Regina is trained in Community Development , Social Work and Early Childhood Education.

              Ms. Stella G. Kabuga

              Ms.Stella Kabugais a Board Member at CABE and is a trained and experienced Finance and Accounting professional. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting Option) from Kenyatta University and CPA (K). She has extensive knowledge and experience in Financial Management and Administration of NGOs. She is a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK). She is undertaking a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) at Egerton University.

                  Mr. James Mbwika

                  Mr. James Mbwika is a Board Member at CABE and is the Founding Director of Agriculture Development Associates Ltd which works with International Development Agencies, National and County Governments to address bottlenecks in the agriculture sector development. A trained agriculture economist from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, he specializes in value chain analysis, policy analysis and advocacy, and he is also experienced in institutional restructuring and strategic planning. His work experience includes 7 years as an economist in Ministry of Economic Planning Kenya where he worked in the Long Range Planning Division, a Network Coordinator for PTA (now COMESA) Oil crops Development Programme (1992-1997), Long term consultant for International Institute of Tropical Agriculture cassava development programme (2000-2002) and Policy Advisor to Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana (2008-2009).

                      Mr. Goudian Gwademba

                      Mr. Gwademba is a Board Member at CABE and has an in-depth understanding of issues related to library and information science; and institutional capacity development. For over 10 years Goudian has worked in both the private and public sector demonstrating methodologies appropriate to complex change processes and capacity development. He has worked effectively with county governments especially in Tana River and Kajiado where he has been responsible for carrying out capacity needs assessment, establishing and running Information Resource Centers aimed at enhancing access to information for marginalized communities. In collaboration with the Agricultural Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP) and Technoserve Inc. Kenya Branch, he has developed functioning value chains and generated proposals for yearly funding from the Gok. Currently he holds the position of Business Advisor for horticultural programs, at TechnoServe Inc. Kenya branch. Goudian is pursuing a PhD in Information Science; his thesis is on Relationship between Agricultural Productivity and Utilization of Agricultural Extension Information. He holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Kenyatta University.

                          Mr. David Wafula

                          Mr. David Wafula is a founding member of the Kenya-based Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE). He is currently working for the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, Agriculture and Food Security Department, as an Agricultural Specialist. Prior to joining EAC in 2013, he previously served as the Kenya Country Coordinator for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) managed Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS). David also served as a member of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa Programming Committee and the Kenya National Biotechnology Awareness Strategy (BioAWARE) Steering Committee. He has accumulated over 12 years of concrete experience in agricultural policy matters (including agricultural biotechnology and biosafety agenda) and regional economic integration.