Rebecca Amukhoye is a seasoned agriculturalist and a business development practitioner with vast experience in the development sector. She has over 20 years work experience successfully directing impact oriented Programmes that have empowered smallholder farmers on areas of food security, agriculture and enterprise development in Kenya and other East African countries.
Her background is in Agriculture, Rural Development and Strategic Management. In her career, she has been instrumental in providing leadership, planning, implementing projects and ensuring that the operations of the organization are aligned to its vision and strategic direction.
Prior to joining MESPT, Ms. Rebecca was the Country Director at Self Help Africa where she was responsible for providing leadership to the Kenya Country Programme. During her tenure, she actively participated in addressing the challenges encountered by small scale farmers in Kenya, ensuring that they remained a central focus for development. At MESPT her focus will be to create decent job opportunities for youth and women, promote food safety and improve access to finance for businesses to thrive.
Ms. Rebecca holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi, MSc. Agriculture & Rural development from Kenya Methodist University and BSc. Agriculture and Home Economics, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture from Egerton University.
Mr. Nyawade is a financial expert with 15 years’ experience in Grants Accounting, microfinance, and development audit roles. He has previously served MESPT at different capacities for 7 years.
Mr. Nyawade oversee all areas of finance and administration, provides strategic analyses for management and board to determine project implementation and the organizations’ profitability in addition to serving as the focal point for human resources management.
He is currently pursuing an MBA (Finance Option) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and holds a BSC degree from Egerton University. Nyawade is a CPA (K) & CISA holder and a Certified Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.
Joan Oracha is a seasoned development professional with years of experience in programme development and management, strategy and business development. She has gathered valuable experience working with multinational corporations, development agencies, non-governmental institutions and the private sector within Africa.
Her background is in strategic management, project management and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. In her career, she has been instrumental in providing leadership in the development, support and fundraising of regional programmes within various INGOs.
Prior to joining MESPT, Ms. Oracha was a Senior Program Manager at Plan International where she was responsible for providing leadership to portfolio of programmes. At MESPT her focus will be on providing leadership and strategic direction to the programme portfolio while ensuring quality and timely delivery of projects.
Ms. Oracha is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the University of Nairobi. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi, Project Management certification (PMD PRO) from APMG International and a certification in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL DPRO) from the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Joan, is a fellow at Michigan State University (USA) and International Fellow, United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Peter has over 13 years’ stint managing food security and livelihoods changing projects and programs (particularly targeted to the small holder farmer) within the East Africa region. He is currently responsible for overseeing and guiding implementation of MESPT’s green growth, enterprise development and value chain development projects across the Kenyan region.
Previously, he worked with Farm Concern International (FCI) as a Project Manager and Team leader in the implementation of a cross border program among others. He has also worked as a Regional Manager with Jaribu Credit Traders (JCT) in Uganda having worked with the same organization as a Branch Manager in Kenya.
He holds a master’s degree in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and Business Management degree from Moi University.
Mr. Nyang’ori is a development practitioner with 13 years of experience, having a strong focus on agricultural value chains development for rural communities’ livelihoods and economic empowerment. His experience is largely on capacity building for increased productivity, food safety and sustainable development.
Nyang’ori has worked for different institutions, holding different positions. He is also a passionate researcher actively engaged in fieldwork, especially in rural areas.
He is currently finalizing his PhD in Project Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology. He holds MSc degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and Bachelor of Business Management.
Eliud Wachira is a seasoned finance expert with 7 years’ experience in commercial lending and 9 years in development finance gained from working in commercial banking and microfinance sectors. He is well versed in market research techniques, risk management frameworks, business modeling, product development, Banking and Microfinance operations, Strategy and policy development, financial reporting, project management and Management Information systems.
At MESPT he has been very instrumental in set up and implementation of green financing, development of credit policy, development of credit guarantee mechanism, development of risk-based appraisal tools and enhancement of client and partner relationship for business growth.
Mr. Wachira is currently pursuing Master’s in Business Administration-Finance, holds BCom degree – Finance and has attained CPA up to level II. He is an expert who has been certified in various areas that include, SME financing from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management; General tolls and Concepts in SME Development -Danida Fellowship Centre; Monitoring and Evaluation -Kenya Institute of Management and Commercial lending for SMEs by Omega Performance.