march, 2018

05mar(mar 5)08:00Nairobi Innovation Week 2018


Event Details

Agripreneurship: The Underexploited Opportunity

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018
Time:  09:00–12:00
Venue: Theatre 301, University of Nairobi

Key note speakers

Dr Victor Manyong,
Director, Eastern Africa
International Institute of Tropical Agriclture (IITA)

Dr Bitange Ndemo, Associate Professor,
University of Nairobi

Ms Betty Maina,
PS, State Department of Industrialization,
Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development

Panel discussants

Mr Benson Muthendi, Youth Enterprise Development Fund

Elly Atieno, International Potato Centre (CIP)

Mr Emmanuel Ngore, Kenya Representative, Young Professional for Agricultural Development (YPARD Kenya)

George Marechera, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

 Youth Fund Kenya @YouthFund_Ke @bensonmuthendi @YPARD @YpardAfrica @emanuelngore @aatfafrica @Cipotato


Speaker biographies 

Picture of Betty Maina

Ms Betty Maina, Principal Secretary for  Industrialization, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development

The Principal Secretary for  Industrialization, under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development,  Ms Betty Maina, has a wealth of experience and professional capability built over two decades of engagement with top-notch public and private sector organizations.

Previously she served as Principal Secretary for East African Affairs and was  Chief Executive of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers for 11 years (between June 2014–July 2015), where she oversaw its revenue increase from Kshs 24 million to Kshs 400 million annually within her ten year stewardship. Her achievements at KAM and other organisations earned her the Kenyan presidential honour in 2013, giving her the title:  Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).

She attained a Master of Science Degree in Development Administration and Planning from the University College of London in 1998, having studied Land Economics at the University of Nairobi where she attained her undergraduate degree in 1988.



Picture of Bitange Ndemo

Prof Bitange Ndemo,  Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School

Prof Bitange Ndemo  is an ICT Champion and an Academician. He is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School where he teaches and researches on entrepreneurship and research methods. Prior to that he was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication from 2005 to 2013 where he initiated various transformative projects, including development of the undersea cables into East Africa and the development of the Kenya Open Data Initiative.  He was awarded the prestigious presidential Chief of the Burning Spear of Kenya (CBS) award for his distinguished services in 2006.

He holds a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield in the UK, an MBA from University of St. Thomas, Minnesota USA, and Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Minnesota.


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Mr Benson Muthendi, Public Relations Manager

Mr. Muthendi helped found the Youth Enterprise Development Fund in 2007. He has extensive experience in youth development and community education and outreach. He has served in the present position since August 2008. He holds a Bachelors of Education degree from Moi University. He also holds a Diploma in Public Relations and a Diploma in Management, in addition to a certificate in Communication and Learning Technologies from Aharon Ofri, Israel.

Mr. Muthendi has worked in the youth sector in various capacities and is a volunteer at several youth mentorship programmes including the St. John Ambulance Brigade and the President’s Award Kenya.

 Youth Fund Kenya @YouthFund_Ke @bensonmuthendi


Picture of George Marechera

George Marechera, Business Development manager for the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

George Marechera is the Business Development manager for the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), an international organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and operating in 13 countries in SSA. AATF’s mandate is to negotiate access to and transfer of appropriate agricultural technologies for the benefit of smallholder farmers in SSA.

As a Business Development Manager, George is responsible for providing, coordinating and facilitating innovative business initiatives between AATF, agro-industry, smallholder farmers and all stakeholders in the agricultural industry for agribusiness development in Africa.  George is also the Head of the Cassava Mechanisation and Agro Processing (CAMAP) project, an initiative aimed at creating money for farmers including youths in cassava production. George Marechera is a Zimbabwean national and holds an MBA from Wolverhampton University, UK, a Bsc Honours in Economics degree from University of Zimbabwe.





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The Great Court, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

The Great Court, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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