ARBEC 2022

The Aquatic Resources and
Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), will be held in Kisumu, 
Kenya, in November 2022 

Important conference dates

15th July, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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This Month
  • KMFRI DG, Prof James Njiru (right) exchange collaboration documents with President of National Institute of Oceanography (NIOF) of Egypt Prof. Amr Hamouda during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) Africa chapter meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 10th May, 2022
  • Director-General Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) met with Prof. Stuart Hamilton (middle) of Salisbury University in the United States today at the KMFRI Nairobi offices to discuss collaboration on new projects.
  • KMFRI Director General Prof. James Njiru (right) with NHIF CEO Dr. Peter Kamunyo during a meeting on 26th January, 2022 to discuss the enhanced comprehensive medical insurance cover for KMFRI staff
  • National Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Hon Silas Tiren (seated 4th left) with his committee members pose for a photo with KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (seated 2nd right) with his Board members and KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru at KMFRI, Mombasa, on 27th July 2021.
  • PS-SDFA & BE Dr. F. Owino, DG KMFRI Prof J. Njiru, DG KeFS D.Mungai, Fisheries Secretary Ms. L. Obungu for Fisheries and other stakeholders at the 2020 Frame Survey Validation Workshop at Kisumu Hotel on Saturday, 5th June, 2021
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino KMFRI BoM Chairman Hon John Safari Mumba, KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru held an interactive meeting with KMFRI scientists on 25/05/2021
  • KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru with NRF top officials who included Board member Prof Walter Oyawa, who paid him a courtesy call on 18/05/21.
  • On 7th May, 2021 Director General KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (3rd left) joined CS Wildlife & Tourism in the launch of National Wildlife Census 2021 at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County. With them was DG KWS Brig (Rtd) J. Waweru (R), DG KMA R.Njue (4th L), Dr P.Omondi Director WRTI (2nd L). Census will also include Marine Mega Fauna along Kenya coast
  • KMFRI Director General, Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) with Governor Uasin Gishu County, HE Jackson Mandago (centre) and other County Officials in Eldoret during a consultative meeting on 3rd May, 2021 to establish KMFRI Station in the County
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.

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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