Mr Boniface AKuku
Boniface Akuku holds Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Nairobi, Kenya, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSc. IT-Hons) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya and Diploma in Computer Studies from Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya. Currently he is pursuing a PhD study in Information Systems at University of Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is a certified Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and has attained Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) qualifications. He is also a fellow of the computer society of Kenya (CSK). He is an Assistant Director in charge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). Previously he worked as Chief of Information Technology (IT) at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and US Army Medical Research Unit (USAMRU). Also as Management Information Systems (MIS) officer for CARE International and Coca-Cola among other organizations. His work experience is drawn from the public sector, private sector, research organizations, international organizations, Universities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). He has more than 15 years of experience in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field. In the last seven years, he has worked on different assignments to support the management of research knowledge in medical research and agricultural research fields. He has also been involved in several scientific research assignment both as a Principal Investigator (PI) and co-Principal Investigator (co-PI). Other experience include development of systems, tools and platforms to facilitate the use and application of research findings as well as data analysis. He has also undertaken research studies in collaboration with other researchers specifically on: Early notification system for infectious disease surveillance framework; Use of information systems in the evaluation of complex systems in medical practice; Application of innovative ICT systems and platform for knowledge dissemination; Crop-weather modelling using ICT based tools; Development of knowledge bank systems; Use of mobile based systems to support extension services and farmer centric platform. He has vast experience and in-depth knowledge in the Information Technology Industry including expertise in systems development, database architecture, systems integration, telecommunication, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Cryptography, network installations & maintenance, enterprise & messaging solutions. In addition, administration, management, coordination and people. He is an experienced ICT specialist who has played a key role in the development of virtual platforms and problem solving approaches focusing on effective management of agricultural research data, knowledge and information. His research interest is in research informatics, knowledge management, open data and open science and Big Data. His work and commitment has enabled research organizations such as KALRO to share and disseminate research knowledge to farmers and other stakeholders. The platforms are widely used by farmers and stakeholders in the country and internationally. As a result researchers, farmers and stakeholders have been empowered to effectively undertake research, access information and utilize agricultural research knowledge. In 2016, he was recognized as the climate information prize winner for developing a platform that tackles climate change impacts on farmers in Kenya.