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The Secretariat

ATPS has an independent and dynamically evolving Secretariat with staff to provide executive direction, administrative implementation and physical infrastructure to the network.

 The new ATPS Governance Structures have also adapted a Regional Secretariat with a less hierarchical line management structure – managed by a Secretariat Management Committee (SMC). The Secretariat is led by a Secretariat Management Committee (SMC) chaired by the Executive Director. The SMC comprises the Executive Director (ED); Director of Research, Training and Communications (DRTC); Finance and Administration Manager (FAM); the STI Policy/National Chapter Liaison Officer (STIP/NCLO); the Senior Secretary/Programs Administrative Assistant (SSPAS) who is the Secretary to the SMC, and any other Senor Staff that may be appointed by the Executive Director, from time to time. The SMC provides strategic intellectual and administrative direction to the Secretariat and regional activities of the ATPS, in liaison with the ATPS National Coordinators’ Regional Council. The SMC meets regularly to review the activities of the Network for effective continuous monitoring and control and inputs into the network management decisions. Where the SMC fail to reach an agreement on specific management decision, the ED shall consult with the Executive Administrative Board Committee accordingly and/or use his discretion as per the provisions of the ATPS Human Resource Policies and Procedures Manual.

As per the ATPS Articles of Association: Clause 65 the functions of the Regional Secretariat include:

  • Identifying all issues of common interest among the chapters;
  • Co-ordinating activities and providing overall intellectual and administrative leadership and supervision to the chapters;
  • Formulating regional strategy;
  • Designing regional programmes, programme of work and budget;
  • Calling for regional proposals;
  • Evaluating proposals submitted for funding;
  • Screening , approving and funding regional activities;
  • Monitoring and implementing regional activities;
  • Providing guidance and oversight to national activities;
  • Seeking funding for support of both national and regional activities;
  • Linking the affiliate chapters with other initiatives and representing them in international fora;
  • Managing and coordinating international donor support;
  • Formulating , overseeing , and coordinating operational standards of the affiliate chapters;
  • Managing accountability and reporting systems of the company Network including affiliate chapters;
  • Inspecting and audit records and accounts of the affiliate chapters;
  • Co-ordination of all the reports and research publication relating to the work done in pursuit of the company’s objects;
  • To promote, encourage and assist in various forms of product development through research analysis, publication, marketing, royalties, licensing and related activities for the benefit of the company;
  • To own and protect intellectual property including patent prosecution.

The adoption of the new less hierarchical structure of the Secretariat Line management followed the recommendations of the ATPS regional Secretariat SWOT analyses conducted on 22 June 2007 and the subsequent decision no. of the 12th ATPS Board meeting dated 28 June 2007  The specific terms of reference for each position are held at the ATPS Secretariat Finance and Administration Department.

Figure 3: Secretariat Structure


  • ED—Executive Director (Board appointed)
  • DRTC—Director of Research Training & Communications (Board appointed)
  • RTCL—Research Training and Communications Leader
  • SCOO—Senior Communications and Outreach Officer
  • FAM—Finance and Admin Manager
  • SSPAS—Senior Secretary/Programs Administrative Assistant
  • SROs—Senior Research Officers
  • ROs—Research Officers – Pre- or Post Doctorates
  • COOs—Communications Officers
  • STIP/NCLO—STI Policy / National Chapter Liaison Officer
  • AO—Accounts Officer
  • ITA—Information Technology Assistant
  • AAR—Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist
  • DM—Driver/Messenger
  • RAs/Interns—Research Assistants/Student Internship


Secretariat Staff

Dr. Nicholas Ozor

Executive Director

Nicholas Ozor, B. Agric. (Nig., First Class Honours); MSc (Nig., Distinction) Ph.D. (Reading, UK & Nigeria), is the Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) Nairobi, Kenya where he is responsible for direction of affairs and transactions of the organisation; the exercise, discharge and performance of its objectives, functions and duties; and the administration and control of employees. Prior to this appointment, he worked as the Senior Research Officer at the ATPS where he provided leadership in Research, Communication, Training and Outreach for the organization. He was formerly a Senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also worked as an Agricultural Extension Agent for many years with the Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Enugu State, Nigeria. Dr Ozor is a Commonwealth Scholar (Split-site Doctoral Programme) and holds the Best PhD Thesis Award in Agriculture in Nigeria, 2006, under the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Theses Award Scheme (NUDTAS) organized by the National Universities Commission. He holds the Wellcome Trust Award for the Best PhD Presenter in 2006 during the Development Studies Association Conference at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He is also a Teaching Fellow and Mentor, African Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP), funded by the International global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START).

Dr Ozor has led and is currently leading many internationally funded research projects bordering on science, technology and innovation (STI) ; natural resource management; innovation systems; climate change; development issues; policy development, analysis and advocacy; technology management and transfer; and private sector engagements. He has good mastery of the computers and its applications to problem solving situations. Dr Ozor is a member of many professional organizations and has published over 75 articles in reputable international journals and as book chapters. He has attended many international conferences/workshops aimed at evolving sustainable best practices for national, regional and international developments. He holds many distinctive prizes and awards for academic excellence and good community leadership. Dr Ozor’s vision is to be at the frontier of learning and in the consequent application of the rich knowledge acquired to make a positive difference to humanity. He is married to Gloria, a literary artiste, and blessed with children.

Dr. Ozor’s Key Skills include:

  • Fundraising from multiple donors in areas of STI including agriculture and food systems; environment and climate change; and low carbon energy development; etc.
  • Core research, teaching and programme implementation across the STI areas stated above 
  • Network building with stakeholders at inpidual and institutional levels aimed at forging effective and efficient partnerships and collaborations to solve complex societal challenges
  • Capacity building and training of varied stakeholders in STI including researchers, policymakers, civil society, the private sector and the media among others
  • Policy analysis and advocacy across STI issues for empowering policymakers to utilize homegrown research evidence in policymaking processes that enhance development and good governance
  • Knowledge valorization across STI issues that aim at bringing technology and innovation to the market place
  • Outreach and Communication that aim to increase awareness and understanding of key STI issues among relevant stakeholders for use in development objectives
  • Publications: very quick in transforming ideas from research into published outputs to contribute to the knowledge economy
  • Leadership and mentorship: providing strategic direction for organizations and teams to achieve their goals as well as grooming the future leaders through informed mentorship and support systems


Ernest Nti Acheampong

Research Officer

Ernest Nti Acheampong is a research officer at ATPS. He is responsible for undertaking research, coordinating research capacity building programs, and fundraising activities. He was previously working for the International Water Management Institute, Accra, Ghana, as a research officer.

Ernest holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds a double master degree in International Land and Water Management, and Agricultural Systems Research and Development from the Wageningen University and Research Center and Montpellier SupAgro in the Netherlands and France respectively. 

 Ernest has worked with both national and international Non-Governmental Research Organizations who are engaged in multi-disciplinary research. He has engaged in several research projects including the Community Integrated Conservation Project, Climate Steward Programs, Basin Focal Project and Agricultural Water Management Solutions Project.

 Ernest has also gained additional knowledge and experiences through participation in research training and development programs in tropical ecology and biodiversity conservation organized by the Tropical Biology Association in Madagascar, and the Earthwatch Institute in Kenya, and Capacity Building in Agricultural Water Management Strategies using AquaCrop model, jointly organized by Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and Soil and Water Environmental Research Institute (SWERI), Cairo, Egypt.


Dennis Wanyonyi

Finance and Administration Assistant

Dennis Wanyonyi is the Finance and Administration Assistant at the ATPS. He is responsible for day to day running of the Human Resource, Finance as well as the Administrative functions of the organization.

Other key duties include reviewing contractual correspondence with Donors and recipients, preparing the ATPS’ annual budget and periodically monitoring actual expenditures in relation to approved budget. Further, he is responsible for ensuring timely preparation of ATPS budgets and submission of financial statements to the Board, working with external auditors in performing their statutory duties to ATPS and ensuring implementation of overall ATPS financial policies and procedures.

Dennis holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree, with an Accounting Major from The Technical University of Kenya as well as CPA III. He is currently pursuing section four of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) on part time basis. He is well versed with the field of finance having undertaken an undergraduate degree in commerce and working as an Assistant accountant at I Ledger Consultancy before joining ATPS.

Dennis has experience in using various accounting packages ranging from Quick books, Sage, Fast pay and Pastel.


Ms.Sharon Anyango

Communications And Outreach Assistant

Ms.Sharon Anyango is the Communications and Outreach Assistant at the ATPS. She is responsible for writing stories for the website and newsletters, proof reading ATPS publications, writing and distributing press releases, preparing promotional/advocacy materials, updating and maintaining ATPS social media sites and  assisting the team in media outreach and information dissemination activities.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Technical University of Kenya and a Certificate in Computer Applications from St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre.

She previously worked at Startimes Kenya as a video editor for two TV stations namely Tripple P TV and channel “PPP” where she was responsible for preparing and changing the playlist, ensuring programmes are aired at the right time, editing music and various shows being aired in the two TV stations, and preparing an EPG. She also served as a Communication Officer at the International Leadership University before joining Elective Africa where she served as a Public Relations Officer.

Sharon is a vibrant and highly motivated inpidual with so much drive to achieve nothing but the best for both clients and the organization. Clients’ satisfaction and building ATPS brand her number one motivation factor.


Mr. Ragen Hillary

Research Assistant

Mr. Ragen Hillary is a Research Assistant at the ATPS. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in population health from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing a post graduate diploma in project management from the Kenya Institute of Management. He has experiential exposure in resource management and implementation of projects in the community and within the health system infrastructure with a strong focus on Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL). He is interested in development and humanitarian efforts with an impetus towards empowerment of populations and individuals to realize positive change in their lives and livelihoods.

Mr. Ragen has previously worked with AMREF Kenya. Drawing from the belief that research is the foundation of sound policy decisions that result in targeted evidence based action. He aspires to contribute his time, skills and knowledge in the field of Science Technology and Innovation to shape policy for sustainable development.

He enjoys corporate networking and engaging in community based programs. He also loves reading inspirational books. For outdoor activities, he finds swimming very relaxing and plays football when the weather is favourable.


Ms. Madonna Achieng

Administration Assistant

 Ms. Madonna Achieng is the   Administration Assistant at ATPS. Her main duties are cleaning the office, filling, scanning and photocopying documents. She also serves as an office messenger

Madonna holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Development Education and a Diploma in Beauty and Hairdressing.


Mr.Peter Mwangi Chege

Company Driver

Mr. Peter Mwangi Chege is the driver/logistician at ATPS. He holds a diploma in Computer Networking Administration and a certificate in AutoMechanics. His main duties include: managing the office and the Executive Director’s transportation, coordinating the receipt and dispatch of letters, facilitates document processing with various Government agencies and settling the office utility bills. He brings a wealth of experience from Kenatico Taxi and Serena Hotels where he served for nine years.


Mr.Raymond Mumo

I.T Assistant

Mr. Raymond Mumo is the Information Technology assistant at the ATPS.  He is an on-going student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology pursuing a Bachelor of Science, Information Technology.  He is responsible for maintaining and updating the ATPS website, supporting and maintaining online databases, subsidiary websites and ATPS email system, install and manage computer software and configure new hardwares. He also maintains and operates the ICT system updates and ICT system configuration changes. He is among the students at JKUAT who developed the JKUAT mobile application, used to lay down some part of the Internet connection in JKUAT University.


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