4 12 2009

AWARD’s goal is to fast-track the careers of African women scientists in agricultural research and development. Join us in congratulating AWARD Fellows who have recently advanced in their careers.


Two AWARD Fellows and an AWARD Mentor working with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) have been promoted.
     Jesca Mbaka received a promotion to senior research officer. She has served as a research scientist for 19 years. “Thanks to AWARD for unlocking my potential,” said Jesca, sharing the good news from Stellenbosch University, South Africa where she is currently on an AWARD research attachment.
     “You raise the flag of horticulture and the industrial crops division so high that the sky is not the limit, but the limit is the sky,” said her mentor, Dr. Lusike Wasilwa, in a congratulatory message.
    Dr. Mabel Jendeka Mahasi was promoted to principal research scientist from senior plant breeder. “I appreciate the support and training from AWARD. I applied all the skills learned during the interview. I am thrilled to have made it,” said Mabel. Mabel is also mentored by Dr. Wasilwa. “We are now a force to reckon with at KARI. I am indeed extremely proud of what the gender empowerment provided by AWARD has done in propelling us to the top, “said Dr. Wasilwa.
     Dr. Margaret Mulaa, an AWARD mentor also working at KARI, has been promoted to chief research scientist from senior principal research scientist. Margaret began her career as an assistant research scientist and has risen through the ranks. “I thank KARI for recognizing my value and rewarding it. The AWARD team contributed to my achievement by giving me the opportunity to learn new skills and showing interest in my career development,” she said.
     Professor Waceke Wanjohi was recently promoted to associate professor from senior lecturer at Kenyatta University, Kenya. Waceke is the director of the Centre for Capacity Development in Higher Education at the university.


Dr. Sarah Mubiru, an AWARD Fellow and Mentor from Uganda, has been appointed program assistant, Livestock and Fisheries Program at the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). Previously, Sarah was the team leader of animal nutrition at the National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI), Tororo, Uganda.


Sheila Ommeh, an AWARD Fellow from Kenya, recently received the “Promising Young Scientists” award from the International Lions Club in Italy. She delivered her acceptance speech in Italian—her fourth language. With support from AWARD, Sheila is currently on a nine-month research attachment at Parco Tecnologico Padano while pursuing her goal of obtaining a PhD at Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy.




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