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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  • 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.

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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