Prof. Stephen Gaya Agong' – Director and Ex-Officio to the Board
Prof. Agong' is a horticulturalist, educator, manager and leader of over 30 years of university teaching, research and community outreach. He has been a consultant for setting up tertiary educational institutions; training of trainers. Similarly, he has wide experience in sustainable urban development, management and leadership arising from his long team chairmanship of Kisumu Action Team that graduated into Kisumu Local Interaction Platform (KLIP). He has initiated and supervised many projects at community level towards socio-economic development and livelihood improvement. He has long experience in university level research, science, technology, policies, management and leadership with wide exposure to national, regional and international research programs. A Professor of Horticulture, Vice Chancellor at JOOUST and Director of KLIP Stephen has published over eighty manuscripts in internationally peer-reviewed journals. Before current appointment, Prof. Agong' has served as DVC (Administration, Planning and Development) at JKUAT and DVC (Planning, Research and Extension Services) at Maseno University and Executive Director at the African Academy of Science.He has been described as a net-workerpar excellence by my former sponsor, DAAD(http://www.daad.de/alumni/en/adm/adm_2005 _05.html).
Dr. Michael Oloko-Deputy Director(Scientific Research)
Michael Oloko is a senior lecturer and researcher at Jaramogi Oginga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST). He is also the Deputy Director coordinating scientific research at Kisumu Local Interaction Platform Trust. His current research interest is on environmental engineering, integrated Water Resources Management, Renewable Energy Technology, Urban Agriculture and Solid Waste Management in urban areas. He has participated and led research projects in urban areas, e.g., Kisumu (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Managua (Nicaragua), Cape Town (South Africa) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) focused on access and provision basic services including clean water, sanitation and solid waste management.
Rose Chepkemoi Chirchir-B. Economics(UoN),CPA(K)-Accountant
Rose is currently an Accountant at Kisumu Local Interaction Platform Trust (KLIP). Before joining KLIP,she was the regional finance officer at Startimes Media (K) limited. Rose holds Bachelors Economics from the University of Nairobi and is a member of The Institute of Certified Professional Accountants of Kenya.
Paul Otieno Opiyo-Principal Investigator Consuming Urban Poverty Project
Mr. Paul Opiyo is currently the Urban Food Security Specialist at Kisumu Local Interaction Platform (KLIP). He is coordinating the DFID/ESRC funded project titled: Governing Food Systems to Alleviate Poverty in Secondary Cities in Africa; Branded “Consuming Urban Poverty”.
Previously Mr. Opiyo worked for the World Bank funded Western Kenya Community Driven Development & Flood Mitigation Project (WKCDD&FMP), where he was the County Project Coordinator in Siaya for three years (2013 – 2016) and Community Driven Development Officer in Bungoma County for 5 years (2008 – 2013). He earlier worked for St. John Ambulance Kenya, Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya and Impact Communications (K) Ltd., gaining 18 years of experience in managing development programmes both in the NGO and public sectors.
Mr. Opiyo graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science in 1997. He also holds a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management (2007) and MA in Project Planning & Management from the University of Nairobi (2012). He is a project management professional with interests in livelihoods, environment & natural resources management, community empowerment, and enterprise development.
Billmartin Abbott-Office Administrator
Billmartin is an administrator in charge of logistics at KLIP, specialised in finance, procurement and accounting, He is a holder of a masters degree in business Administration (Finance), B.com finance (first class honours) at the University of Nairobi and CPA 3.
Alfred Omondi Otom-Former Coordinator
Alfred Otom is the coordinator of Kisumu Local Interaction Platform responsible for overseeing the operations of KLIP Secretariat including office management, coordination of meetings and functions, preparing research concept notes for evaluation and peer review, processing research proposals accepted for funding and administering the research projects. Prior to his engagement at KLIP, Alfred worked as an intern at the Intergovernmental Development on Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), where he was seconded to the United Nations Office in Nairobi under the UNESCO PEER UNON project for Somalia. He has also worked as a research assistant for the Drought and Early Warning Forecasting project. Alfred holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi with a thesis based on Climate Change.