Board Members Profiles

    Dr. Hannington Odame

    Executive Director

    Dr. Hannington Odame is a Founder and current Executive Director of CABE. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands. He is an agricultural policy and institutions analyst with over 25 years of experience, facilitating agricultural knowledge learning and sharing. He has consulted widely in agricultural policy research for local and international organizations including Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), IFPRI, AGRA, DFID, AATF, ASARECA. He has contributed to a book published by the World Bank titled: ‘Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa’.

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    • Location: Nairobi

      Dr. Nicky Rosa Maria Pouw

      Dr. Nicky Pouw is a Founder of CABE and an associate professor at the Governance and Inclusive Development research program at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is a development economist with over 25 years of research and teaching experience on inclusive development, poverty and inequality, food security, and wellbeing economics.

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          Mr. David Wafula

          Mr. David Wafula is a CABE founder and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at Erasmus University, the Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University. David is currently working for the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat as an Agricultural Specialist responsible for coordination of EAC-USAID East Africa funded interventions.

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              Ms. Jessica Peyla Nagtalon

              Ms. Jessica Peyla Nagtalon joined CABE in 2020 as a new Board of Director. Jessica holds an M.S. in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.

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                  Dr. Michael Waithaka

                  Michael Waithaka joined CABE in 2020 as a new Board of Director. He is the Principal Investigator, The African Seed Access Index (TASAI) based in Nairobi Kenya. Michael recently managed policy reforms and advocacy at the ASERECA. The mandate area was Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. This was in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and national governments.

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                      Mr. Benson Taabu Mang’eni

                      Mr. Benson T. Mang’eni joined CABE in 2020 as a new Board of Directors. He holds an MA. In Project Planning and Management, from the University of Nairobi, and Bachelors of Arts Education, from Egerton University. Benson has twenty years’ work experience in the private, public and international development sectors. He is currently working at the International Labour Organization. Benson is a versatile, committed, and results-driven professional.

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                          Ms Bernadine Mutanu

                          Ms. Bernadine Mutanu joined CABE in 2020 as a new Board of Directors. Bernadine holds a BA Degree from Egerton University and a PostGraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from KIMC, Kenya. She is an award-winning journalist working with a leading media house in Kenya. Bernadine is senior health, science, and environment reporter with over a decade in development communication reporting.

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