Catherine Muthuri (PhD; EBS) is a keynian senior scientist in ecophysiology, and the Country coordinator, Kenya and regional convenor for East Africa at CIFOR-ICRAF. She holds a PhD in plant ecophysiology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology-JKUAT under a split site scholarship at Nottingham University UK. Catherine is an accomplished leader, researcher, project manager and educationist with a track record of excellence. Her key research activities span from research oversight, program design / strategy, implementation and production of knowledge products. Catherine’s’ passion is engaging in research in development for improved food security and resilient livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa with special interest on systems interactions integrating farmer-led approaches. She is also the cluster leader of ‘Trees supporting Sustainable intensification, under the FTA Livelihood Systems Flagship program. Catherine has a strong resource mobilization record. She has been the project manager for the just concluded (2012-2021), ‘Trees for food security’ projects 1 and 2 https://bit.ly/2xOwwzV funded by Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) that operated in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. In the project she led and built efficient teams across a range partner to achieve remarkable environmental, economic, capacity, scientific and livelihood impacts. Currently she is managing the project entitled ‘Promoting nature-based solutions for land restoration while strengthening national monitoring taskforce in Kenya (Ongoing) Funded by UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Prior to joining World Agroforestry- ICRAF in 2010, Catherine worked for 17 years at JKUAT rising through the ranks from teaching assistant to associate professor. She also she served as chairperson of Botany Department (2005-2009) amongst other administrative, teaching and research responsibilities at JKUAT. She has published widely https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MiCFkDUAAAAJ&hl=en, mentored and supervised several postgraduate and undergraduate students. She is a widely respected leader and was awarded the Kenyan presidential award, the Elder of the Order of the Burning spear (EBS) in recognition of her distinguished service to Kenya. Catherine has served in several boards including ICRAF’s representative to the Governing Council of African Centre for Technology Studies- ACTS and a is former chair of ICRAF staff Association 2016-2020.
Introduction : Audrey Pulvar, Deputy Mayor in charge of sustainable food, agriculture and short circuits
Keynote : Dieudonné Bantsimba, Mayor of Brazzaville (Republic of Congo)