Dr Victor Yamo –
Victor is a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and Poultry expert trained at the University of Nairobi and the Dutch Animal Health Service, Deventer. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Free State, South Africa.
He has over 25 years working experience in Veterinary services, Poultry Production Management and Agribusiness having worked in various capacities for several organizations including Kenchic Ltd, World Vision, Equity Bank, Bedson EA Ltd, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) and Coopers K Brands Ltd. Since 2015 he has been at World Animal Protection – Africa Office as the Campaign Manager for Animals in Farming. He has also done consultancy work for Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), European Union (EU) and is currently a part time lecturer for Livestock Policy & Law at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT).
At World Animal Protection, Victor has been actively engaging the livestock industry, governments, corporate entities, technical personnel, consumers and the general public in showing the critical connection between the welfare of animals, their productivity and the quality of food they produce which ultimately end on the consumers’ plates. He hopes that once the consumers are able to make this connection, they shall start demanding for high welfare livestock production systems that ensure that the animals are treated humanely during production, transportation and processing. This should not only improve the lives of millions of animals on African farms but also the livelihoods, food security and food safety of many African families.
Victor has also been actively involved in the leadership of his profession where he has served as the Chairman of the Kenya Veterinary Board (2009-2012) and the Hon Secretary (2013-2014) and National Chairman (2014-2016) of the Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA). He is also a full member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) and World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA).
Wilson M. Gichuru
Mr. Wilson M. Gichuru is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MsUS) from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Florida, U.S.A. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Aviation from Moi University, Kenya and a Diploma in aeronautical engineering – Airframes and power plant from KNEC.
He is a Graduate Assistant at Pioneer International University and has vast knowledge in drone technology and operations. He is the founder of BUJI DRONES, a Kenyan company dealing in unmanned systems operations in Aerial mapping, inspection, surveillance and research and training in various industries.
He has presented research papers on ‘The impact of Unmanned Systems in Africa’s blue economy’ at the 5th UNESCO- Africa Engineering week & 3rd Africa Engineering Conference. September 2018. ‘Drones for efficient infrastructure management in Kenya’ at the International Conference on Transport and Road Research (iTRARR), June 2018 and an ongoing research work on ‘Regulation of unmanned aircraft systems in Kenya’, to be published by the ERAU online journal. He previously worked at Everett Aviation ltd (Wilson airport) –department of Engineering planning and quality control and held the position of technical officer.
Boniface has expertise in Information and Communications Technology, systems development, data science, Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence, and research informatics. He formerly worked as Chief of Information Technology at United States Army Medical Research; Management Information Systems officer at Care International; Chief Information Technology at Coca-Cola. At KALRO, he is the Director of ICT, Chair CODATA Agricultural Task Group. He has brought transformative change through the development of scalable, replicable, and sustainable ICT platforms, innovations and systems enabling access and utilization of research findings. He has undertaken scientific research assignments. He has been nominated for the Africa Tech professional award 2019 due to his work in bridging the gap between research and practice.
An accountant by profession
Worked in technology companies for 6 years as an accountant then quit to go into Agribusiness
Currently.. commercial hay farmer. Just got into horticulture
Founded Icedtube.com, a video platform this year to bridge the huge knowledge gap in the agribusiness.