Dr. Monicah Mukami Waiganjo.
She deliberately joined the Kiambu County government on the premise of a challenging Agricultural Post, where her performance skills would contribute substantially to the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Having done her O levels at Mary Leakey Girls High School in 1975, her A levels at Kaaga Girls High School, Dr. Monica proceeded to hold a BSc in Botany and Zoology and an MSc Agricultural Entomology from the acclaimed University of Nairobi (UoN) and a topped this up with a PhD in Entomology from Kenyatta University in 2004.
In her Agricultural Research and Development profession, she has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service, with excellent training and global exposure.
Since the year 2005 to date, Monica diligently and successfully performed the duties of a Deputy Centre Director in one of the KARl centers’ comprising over 35 research scientists and a total staff of 189 members. This position sharpened her technical and administrative skills, making her a seasoned scientist and an administrator who could be relied upon in personnel and financial management.
She is a fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and founding member of the Rabbit Breeders Association of Kenya (RABAK), where she has developed publications on rabbit production and consumption towards promotion of agribusiness among smallholder farmers, on both aforementioned accreditations. In relation to her research, she has presented her work on both local and global platforms, from congresses, symposiums and conferences, some of which she’s been a valuable member of the organizing committees. To add on, she has attended and facilitated over 30 short courses in Kenya, Tanzania, UK and USA, and simultaneously published over 100 scientific conference proceedings.