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Gladys Holeh, Kenya

Gladys is a fisheries scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Shimoni, Kwale County, Kenya. She is passionate about research, management, and governance of aquatic systems (coastal marine and fresh water). She is the board of director in the Kenya Wildlife Research and Training Institute.

Gladys has published two papers in peer reviewed international journals. She holds a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Science from Pukyong National University, World Fisheries University-South Korea, a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology from the Technical University of Mombasa, and a Diploma in Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology from the Mombasa Polytechnic University College, Kenya.

Fridah Munyi, Kenya

Fridah is a research scientist in the socio-economics department at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa, Kenya. She has specialized in socioeconomic assessments, gender analysis, legal and policy framework analysis, ecosystem valuation, monitoring and evaluation/project management and internal quality auditing-quality management systems. Professionally, her interests are in the interface between science, policy, and decision-making in the context of coastal and marine resource governance. Her research interest is in the socioeconomic aspects of fisher communities in the coast of Kenya with a focus on poverty and economic policies for household welfare and population studies and working communities in a bid for participatory resource management, through integration of the indigenous knowledge into management strategies for aquatic resources.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Social Policy Analysis from Katholieke University (Leuven, Belgium) and CEPS/INSTEAD, (Luxembourg).

Eden Lencha, Ethiopia

Eden is a lecturer and researcher at the college of agriculture, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. She is also an exam approval committee member and works as a module team leader and the internship coordinator of graduating students in the school of nutrition, food science and technology. Prior to working at Hawassa University, she served as a chemistry teacher at Areka Preparatory school and as an officer of Boloso Sore Woreda Civil Service Bureau, where she also served as a member of house of federation of Wolita Zone in SNNP Regional State.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology, from Haremaya University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, from Bahir Dar University. Eden is currently a Ph.D student in the field of Food Science and Technology at Hawassa University, Ethiopia.

Dorah Momanyi, Kenya

Dorah is a part-time lecturer in the department of human nutrition sciences, at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. She has over six years of experience as a food scientist and nutritionist focusing on mainstreaming nutrition into agriculture and ending hunger. Dorah is the founder of the Nutritious Agriculture Network (NAN) and consultancy. She is also a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellow under the civic leadership track, and an Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) fellow. She has been trained in environmental health science laboratories in Japan, and the Glyco Mev and Cobra laboratories in the University of Rouen in France. She is a best poster award winner in the 2019 Hidden Hunger Congress.

Dorah holds a master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Beatrice Madeghe, Tanzania

Beatrice is a researcher and a public health practitioner with a specialty in nutrition and non-communicable diseases. Her research involves examining the efficacy of combined semi-mental nutritional intervention among pregnant women with depression and food insecurity, to improve the mental health of women and their nutritional status. Beatrice is also an educator by profession and has practiced teaching under the ministry of education and vocational training in Tanzania. She has also practiced as a part-time lecturer at the Kenya medical training college-Nairobi, and Technical University of Kenya.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human nutrition, from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania; a Post-graduate degree in education from the University of Dar-es-salaam; a master’s degree in Public Health; and is a Ph.D student in applied human nutrition at the University of Nairobi, department of food science nutrition and technology.

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