Keynote presentation: Partnerships for enhancing utilization of agricultural innovations
Dr. Felister Makiniholds a BSc in Botany and Chemistry from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, MSc in Plant Pathology from Georgia State University, USA and a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Greenwich, UK. She is the Deputy Director General, Crops in the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) that was established after the merger of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Coffee Research Foundation, Tea Research Foundation and Kenya Sugar Research Foundation.
She is responsible for crops research that includes technology development and transfer, promotion of the establishment and strengthening of strategic partnerships along the research development to utilization continuum and along the agricultural product value chains (APVC), an approach adopted by KALRO. Prior to her current position, she worked as the Deputy Director Outreach and Partnerships in KARI. She has won several awards and commendations both in management as having the best managed centre during her tenure as Centre Director, KARI and scientist as well as a Presidential Award, the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) for her achievements and contribution to society. Together with other scientists, she has won several grants, presented and published several papers. She also sits in various local and international boards and committees.