Agnes Mwang’ombe

Agnes Mwang’ombe is a Professor of Plant Pathology and the former principal of University of Nairobi’s College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.

Prior to her appointment as principal, Mwang’ombe held various positions in the University’s teaching department, including Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture and Full and Associate Professor in Plant Pathology between March 2003 and May 2005.

She has also held senior research positions at the Coffee Research Foundation and at the National Plant Breeding Station.

Mwang’ombe served as Chairperson of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy, Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) from April 2007 to May 2013, Board member of Vision 2030 Delivery Board, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Consortium Board for Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research centres (CB-CGIAR) and African Technology Policy Studies.

She was the first Chairperson of the Kenya Professional Association of Women in Agriculture and Environment (KEPAWAE) where she was instrumental in setting up a scholarship programme to fund disadvantaged girls through high school.

In 2009, Mwang’ombe was honoured as the Best Woman Agricultural Researcher in Africa by the Africa Crop Science Society for her outstanding contribution to crop production in Africa. She also received the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) award in 2008.

Mwang’ombe, who attended Murray Girls’ High School in Taita Taveta, has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Plant Pathology from the University of Nairobi.

She conducted her doctorate in Plant Pathology at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of London.

In addition to being a key member of the university’s faculty who is instrumental in mobilising funds for research, Mwang’ombe has been pivotal in the establishment of the Wangari Maathai Institute of Peace and Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi.

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