Across her career over more than 40 years, Anne Roulin has worked in academia, in the private sector (for Tetra Pak and Nestlé) and as an entrepreneur, in the UK, Switzerland, the USA, Italy and France. Since 1988, she has been involved across the diverse aspects of sustainability including environmental, social, and economic considerations with applications in many countries. She is passionate about helping young entrepreneur’s startup businesses and in 2017 co-founded the Agripreneurship Alliance as a non-profit Association. The Agripreneurship Alliance has implemented a ground-breaking course Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness that enables young African entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and create high-quality business plans to support the launch or growth of their agribusiness. The Alliance is working across Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya, Uganda, and Somaliland. Laikipia University is one of the partners implementing the Training.
Dr. John Olwande has over ten years of experience in economic and policy research in agriculture and rural sector. He has worked with the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University, in building household survey databases to monitor changes in the agricultural sector from household and national perspectives and provided analyses and insights to shape policy direction in agriculture and rural sectors in Kenya. Olwande’s areas of research include agricultural technology adoption and sustainable intensification, food and nutrition security, agricultural markets and impact evaluation of policy and development projects/programs. He holds a Ph.D. in community sustainability from Michigan State University and M.Sc. in agricultural and applied economics from Egerton University.
Research priorities Conceptually: Global Value Chains, Global Production Networks, Clusters and Innovative Milieus, Institutional and Resource Economics Content: urban and regional development, information and communication technology (ICT), organization and networking of trade and production, human-environment relationships, environmental and social standards, sustainability, land use conflicts, agriculture and rural areas Regional: Sub-Saharan Africa, European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Berlin
Dr. Oliver Kirui is a Senior Researcher and a Post Doc. fellow at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) in University of Bonn, Germany. He earned his PhD in Development Economics from the Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn in 2016. He holds a collaborative Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Nairobi and University of Pretoria with specializations in International Agricultural Trade and Agricultural Policy Analysis. Oliver’s research interests revolve around Sustainable Development. Oliver is currently carrying out research that would contribute to sustainable agricultural growth and food and nutrition security in developing and emerging economies. This includes research on the economics of Agricultural Innovations, Natural Sustainable Resource Management and Climate Change, assessment of Use and Impacts of Digitalization, Information Communication Technologies, Technical and Vocational Training, and Food Security and Poverty analysis.