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  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (right) with Deputy Director Freshwater System, Dr. Christopher Aura (centre) and Ag. ADF, Kenya Fisheries Services, Mr. Simon Munguti (left) during the Launch of Electronic Catch Assessment Survey (e-CAS) system and Stake Holder’s Engagement and dissemination Workshop on Environmental Clean-up and Mentorship Framework at Sosa Cottages in Vihiga County on 4 - 5th Jan, 2021
  • Director KMFRI, Prof. James Njiru (seated, 3rd left), ECOFISH representative Mr. Kundu (seated, far right) and Inland Director of Kenya Fisheries Services Dr. Wamalwa (seated, 2nd left) with participants during the planning meeting for the Lake Victoria Frame Survey 2020 on 30th November, 2020 in Ahero, Kisumu County
  • Dr. Edward Kimani giving his presentation when ARCH Emerging Markets with Partners from IDC - Industrial Development Corporation from South Africa visited KMFRI on 12th November, 2020, the engagement revolved around an overview of the blue economy, KMFRI’s role in the blue economy initiatives, and KMFRI’s continued engagement/support in ARCH’s Cold Chain Sector investment in Mombasa
  • KMFRI team led by Dr. Christopher Aura Ag. Deputy Director Freshwater Systems (seated left) joined by the IFAD-ABDP's National Programme Co-ordinator, Mr. Sammy Macaria (seated right) on 29th September to 2nd October, 2020 for report writing workshop on the potential carrying capacity of fisheries production for small water bodies.
  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (left) with KARLO Institute Director, Dr. Theresia Munga had consultations on the development of KMFRI land in Mtwapa, Kilifi County on 30th September, 2020
  • Principal Secretary, University Education and Research, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi (centre) with CEO of National Research Fund (NRF) and KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru (left) during a tour of KMFRI cage culture at Kibokoni, Kilifi County, a project funded by NRF on 24th September 2020
  • KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru, gives a press briefing during the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) at KARLO, Naivasha. Prof. Njiru underscored the need for aquaculture farming saying that it is the only way that a country could meet the fish demand in the country as opposed to relying on capture fisheries.
  • KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru (4th right) accompanied by Mr. Abraham Kagwima (3rd right) and Dr. Dr Peter Odote (far left) visited KEFRI Enterprises on 11th August 2020 to learn how their successful business wing works. The model is being adopted by KMFRI Enterprise.
  • Inception and sensitization meeting: The project implementation team is led by KMFRI with research scientists Dr. Kevin Obiero (left), Dr. Domitila Kyule, Ms. Fonda Jane Awuor and Esther Wairimu.

Mr. Ali Juma Mafimbo (HSC) was appointed to KMFRI Board of Management by Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary via a gazette notice No 13245 of 21st December, 2018. Mafimbo has over 35 years’ experience in Government policy formulation, programme design and implementation, which he gained as County Executive in charge of Lands, Physical Planning and Natural Resources in Kwale Government from 10th May 2013, to October, 2017; and at the Kenya Meteorological Department from 10th October, 1981, to 30th June, 2013, where he rose to the rank of Senior Assistant Director.

Mr Mafimbo obtained Applied Ocean Sciences Master’s Degree (Physical Oceanography) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2008. He had earlier graduated with Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc. Hons.) degree in Meteorology from the University of Nairobi in 1981.

Mr. Mafimbo did professional courses in ISO 900 Quality Management and Auditing for Marine Services in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010, Strategic Leadership Development Programme (2011) and a Senior Management Course in 2009 both at the Kenya School of Government.

The highly seasoned professional has in-depth experience and exposure in international representation and promotion of Kenya's interests in scientific agreements, gained while representing Kenya in various capacities within the World Meteorological Organization, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. His active participation in community development programmes throughout his life earned him the HSC award in 2008.

While working at Kwale CEC, he established a GIS Centre, developed a Resource Map for the county and a geo-referenced database for socio-economic planning. He also developed the County Quarrying and Forest Bills, planned 11 towns in Kwale and completed digitisation of survey data in the county.

While working at the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), he established an operational Port Meteorological Office at the Kenya Ports Authority Headquarters in 1986. Mr. Mafimbo also supervised the transformation of the Marine Services in KMD from 2003, and established the Marine Section under the Forecasting office of KMD, which was later in 2005 transformed into an Oceanography and Marine Meteorological Services (OMMS) division under his watch. He is a member of Kenya Meteorological Society and a Life Member of Red Cross.

Mafimbo has undertaken several consultancy jobs for and with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Coastal Oceans Research and Development - Indian Ocean (CORDIO)-East Africa, and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

Among global seminars, trainings and workshops he attended include representing Kwale County in the mining governance study tour and 2014 Africa Down Under Mining Conference-Perth, Australia, between August 24 and September 5, 2014. He also represented Kenya in the JCOMM 10th Management Committee meeting in Paris, France, in May 2013.

 

 

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