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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.

Ms. Rachel Mbugua was appointed to the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute BoM on 6th June 2017 to sit as a representative of the Attorney General. The Advocate of the High Court of Kenya is a Senior State Counsel in the AG’s office, a job she took up in 2011 after a two-year stint at Mbugua and Mbugua Associates law firm. Ms Mbugua holds a Masters Degree in International Law and Comparative Law from Indiana University obtained in 2006. She graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree from Keele University, UK, in 2003. Prior to her admission to the bar, she had acquired a diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law.

In her present role, Ms. Mbugua negotiates, drafts, interprets and vets local and international documents; agreements and treaties, and undertakes research on various legal issues. This was an expansion of her assignments at Mbugua and Mbugua Associates, where she also attended court sessions. She has a wealth of knowledge in collection and compilation of data for research, generated from her previous experience.

Ms. Mbugua began her career as a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the Kenya School of Professional Studies and in Inorero University, where she lectured Public International Law to 3rd year L.L.B students from 2006 to 2007. This was before she landed another job with the Bank of India in 2008, where she served as Assistant Officer in Credit for seven months. In this role, she drafted and enforced loan contracts between customers and the bank, and ensured efficient and reliable banking and financial service to all customers by working closely with internal and external service providers. She also handled customer complaints, maintained excellent project documentation, and arranged for timely dispatch of documents to customers.

Previously, Ms. Mbugua had worked at Satima Consultants Ltd from March to August 2007 as a Research Assistant where her duties involved researching and collecting data on legal and human rights issues, and preparation of assessment reports. She also developed training guides for various workshops with different organizations, formulated gender mainstreaming and human rights programme, organised workshops and prepared facilitation materials. Additionally, Ms. Mbugua assisted in proposal drafting and development of strategic plans, liaised with workshop participants and harmonised workshops on gender issues.

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