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The overall policy-making body of ATPS is the international Board of Directors comprising African and non-African scholars, policymakers and private sector actors. The Board formulates and monitors the implementation of policies and procedures designed to fulfill the network’s objectives. 

THE ATPS BOARD

Ex Officio & Secretary to the Board

Board Member

Prof. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

Board Member

The overall policy-making body of ATPS is the international Board of Directors comprising African and non-African scholars, policymakers and private sector actors. The Board formulates and monitors the implementation of policies and procedures designed to fulfill the network’s objectives. To ensure proactive monitoring and evaluation of the activities of the ATPS, both at the regional and sub-regional levels, the Board membership represents the main regions covered by the ATPS: Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa; a representatives of the Francophone speaking countries to address the language barriers and the two representatives of the international community. The Board meets twice each year to review and approve program implementation plans and budgets for each period and assess performance of the Network accordingly

The new ATPS Governance Structures comprises of a Board of Governors with specialized Board Committees to provide more proactive direction and supervision of ATPS activities in between the Biannual Board meetings.

Three ATPS Board Committees exist together to form the ATPS Board of Governors. The ATPS Board of Governors meets twice (November/December and June/July) each year to review and approve annual program of activities and budgets of the organization for each forthcoming year; and review and approve financial and technical progress reports on all program implementation activities of the ATPS for the concurrent year, respectively. At each meeting, the Board of Governors assesses the overall performance of the Network (administrative controls, financial audits, and quality of STI capacity development activities) and provides strategic supervision and guidance to the ATPS Secretariat management accordingly. This biannual meeting provides the forum for appraising the performance of the network. The Board of Governors also appoints external auditors to audit the accounts of the ATPS to ensure that funds are properly expended and accounted for by the ATPS Secretariat.

Three ATPS Board Committees exist together to form the ATPS Board of Governors. The ATPS Board of Governors meets twice (November/December and June/July) each year to review and approve annual program of activities and budgets of the organization for each forthcoming year; and review and approve financial and technical progress reports on all program implementation activities of the ATPS for the concurrent year, respectively. At each meeting, the Board of Governors assesses the overall performance of the Network (administrative controls, financial audits, and quality of STI capacity development activities) and provides strategic supervision and guidance to the ATPS Secretariat management accordingly. This biannual meeting provides the forum for appraising the performance of the network. The Board of Governors also appoints external auditors to audit the accounts of the ATPS to ensure that funds are properly expended and accounted for by the ATPS Secretariat.

Other roles and responsibilities of the ATPS Board of Governors can be found in clause 5.1 of the  ATPS Human Resource Policies and Procedures Manual , Version 1/2001.

In addition to the two meetings of the ATPS Board of Governors each year, each Board Committee ensures proactive and dynamic engagement with the ATPS Regional Secretariat and the National Chapters for ongoing/continuous supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the core activities of the ATPS Network throughout the year.

The Board Committees include:

Prof. Crispus Makau Kiamba
Prof. Crispus Makau Kiamba

Chair of Board

Prof. Kiamba holds B.A. in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi; Masters of Science from the University of Reading; Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge; and an Executive Certificate on Science, Technology and Innovation from Harvard University. He is currently faculty in the School of the Built Environment, University of Nairobi, having returned to the University in 2013, after serving as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya (2008-2013) and Ministry of Science and Technology, Kenya (2006-2008). Immediately before joining the National Government, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Commission for Higher Education in Kenya and before that as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, where he had previously served in many other academic and administrative capacities. He has been a Member of Boards of many international organizations, including:- the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) and the Joint Advisory Group (JEG) of the Africa-Europe Strategic Partnership in Science, Information Society and Space. He is presently Member of the Technical Support Teams of the two World Bank affiliated projects: the African Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project and the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). He is a Founding Fellow of the recently established (2016) Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW), which is based in Malaysia.

Prof. Nicholas Ozor

Ex Officio & Secretary to the Board

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. Prof. 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).Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Prof. 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.Prof. 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

Dr George Owusu Essegbey

Dr. George Owusu Essegbey

Board Member

Dr. George Owusu Essegbey is the Ag. CEO of the Technology Development and Transfer Centre of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-TDTC) of Ghana. He served his nation in various capacities including being the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the CSIR and a member of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). He has several years of experience in Science and Technology (S&T) policy research, innovation studies, and other relevant fields. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from University of Cape Coast with Ph.D. internship at the United Nations University in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He did a Commonwealth Fellowship at the Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST) of the University of Manchester. Dr. Essegbey has served various international organizations with his expertise including UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNEP, WIPO and the World Bank. He was a member of the United Nations 10-Member Group on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the SDGs. Dr. Essegbey was a former National Chapter Coordinator of ATPS in Ghana and served on the Regional Council of the ATPS.

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Dr. Akanimo Odon

Board Member

Dr Akanimo Odon is the CEO of Envirofly Consulting UK Limited and an international environmental management and business strategy expert with a specialization in knowledge transfer and sustainable business development models as well as bridging gaps between research, policy and the private sector. He has been an Adviser to the British Government on international education policies under the National Student Forum, consultant to the British Council, Local Content Adviser to BG Group, Grow Creative Consultant to the European Regional Development Fund, Business Consultant to City and Guilds and Africa Strategy Adviser to Lancaster University, Aberystwyth University, University of London and a host of others.An international multi-award winner, he has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Rehabilitation from the University of Wales UK and a PhD in Environmental Management from Lancaster University, UK. He also holds business development certifications from Judge Business School of Cambridge University, UK and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and an International Enterprise Fellowship Award from Stanford University Business School USA.In Africa, he has been an Technical Adviser and Consultant to the Ministry of Environment Lagos State Government, African Development Bank Ivory Coast, First Exploration and Production Nigeria, Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) Kenya, Trust Africa Senegal, Africa Centre for Energy Policy Ghana, Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, Nigerian Centre for Energy and Environment of the Energy Commission of Nigeria Under the Presidency, and the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) under the Tanzanian Prime Minister.Further details can be found here – https://www.linkedin.com/in/drakanimoodon

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Prof. Azikiwe Peter ONWUALU

Board Member

Professor Azikiwe Peter ONWUALU is with African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Nigeria where he serves as: Coordinator, Materials Science and Engineering Programme and Director, Academic Planning. He is involved in the leadership of two World Bank assisted projects at AUST namely: Focal Point for Partnership for Skills in Applied Science and Engineering (PASET) and Co-Centre Leader, Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI), an Africa Centre of Excellence in Materials.He holds B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a PhD degree in the same field from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada.Prof. Onwualu held different positions in the past including: Professor and Head, Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Director, Engineering Infrastructure, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Abuja, Director General/CEO, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC, Abuja (Federal Ministry of Science and Technology) and Visiting Professor, National Universities Commission, NUC, Abuja. Others include: Coordinator, Science Technology and Innovation (STI) thematic group of Nigeria’s Vision 20-2020; Chairman, Committee of Directors of Research Institutes of Nigeria, CODRI and Chairman Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Presidential Committee on Engineering Technology and Innovation. He was Editor-in-Chief Nigeria Journal of Agricultural Engineering and Technology. He is a Fellow of 12 professional bodies including: Nigeria Institute of Management, Nigeria Academy of Engineering and Nigeria Academy of Science.

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Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa

Board Member

Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, has been President of Future University- Sudan since 2011 and is the former Director of the Division for Science Policy & Sustainable Development at UNESCO, member of the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences, member of the Arab Academy of Sciences and corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Science (Belgium).He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Research and Training Centre in China, a member of the Governing Board of the International Center for South-South Cooperation in STI in Kuala Lumpur, and a member of the organizing committee for the Daejeon Global Innovation Forum, Korea.

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