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    RICHARD OKOTH ODUOR, PhD P.O BOX 43844-00100 • NAIROBI, KENYA

    CELL PHONE: +254-(0)702-931-951 • EMAIL: rooduor2000@yahoo.co.uk

    EXECUTIVE ASSETS

     Teaching & Research  Organizational Management

     Financial/Budget Management

     Team Management & Leadership

     Training & Advocacy  Proposal Development

     Stakeholder Engagement

     Policy Framework Formulation

     Program/Project Management

     Regulatory Compliance

     Fundraising Strategies

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE

     Molecular Biology

     Biochemistry

     Drug discovery

     Forensic sciences

     Organizational Development

     Science Communication

    SIGNATURE PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS

    • Agricultural Biotechnology Expert, with teaching, research, and industry

    experience in both the public and private sectors.

    • Successfully overseen the graduation of 8 PHD students and 15 Master of Science

    students, and direct ongoing supervision of 10 PHD and 17 Master of Science

    students.

    • Extensive proposal development expertise, with over US$ 1 million received in

    grants.

    • Global Patent Holder with the World Intellectual Property Organization on

    “Plant Promoters of the XVSAP1 Gene”.

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    • Development of successful partnerships and linkages with several international

    institutions including Makerere University, Sainsbury Laboratory-UK, The

    Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie-Department of Cell and Metabolic

    Biology, Agricultural Research Council-South Africa, University of Cape Town-

    South Africa, Dahlem Center of Plant Sciences-FU Berlin, Germany, and the

    International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

    • Outstanding advocacy, lobbying, and stakeholder engagement skills, resulting

    in environmental release of Biotech Maize and Biotech Cotton by the National

    Biosafety Authority, and modification of the 2015 Natural Resources Bill on

    parliamentary approval of Biotech Crops by the Senate and National Assembly.

    • Celebrated Top 52 Outstanding African Scientist 2017, by the Department of

    Science and Technology, South Africa, and winner of Several Award

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Academic Qualifications

    2012: Executive Master of Science in Management and Organizational Development, USIU,

    Kenya

    2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Drug discovery, Pfizer Global Research &

    Development, United Kingdom

    2009: PhD in Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    2005: Master of Science in Biotechnology, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

    2002: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

    2010: Diploma in Forensic Sciences, Blackford Institute, United Kingdom

    2008: Certificate in Science Communication, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    Professional Courses

    2018: Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, UK

    2016: Bridging the gap between Agriculture and Human Health, Cape Town, South

    Africa

    2015: Use of social media in science communication, Nairobi, Kenya

    2014: Forensic and Profiling training, Nairobi, Kenya

    2013: Toxicology training, Novartis, Boston, USA

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    2012: Ethics and Governance course, Sunrise, Mombasa

    July 2011: Integrated Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditor, Regional

    Centre for capacity development, Kenyatta University

    July 2011: Basic Skills in teaching Methodology and course examination, Regional

    Centre for capacity development, Kenyatta University

    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

    May 2011 to date: Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology,

    Kenyatta University

    Jan 2011-May 2011: Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Kenyatta

    University

    2010- Jan 2011: Research Officer/Lecturer, Institute of Biotechnology Research, Jomo

    Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology

    2008: Academic Writing Consultant, University of Cape Town, Cape Town,

    South Africa

    2007-2010: Assistant Research Officer/Assistant Lecturer, Institute of

    Biotechnology Research, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture &

    Technology

    2004: Head of Linkages and Program Coordinator, Regional Institute

    of Business Management, Nairobi, Kenya

    RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

    Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, UK;2018

    Top 52 Outstanding Researchers in Africa-South African Department of Science and Technology; 2017

    Visiting Scientist-Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, USA, Novartis Scientific Fellowship Program; 2013

    Top Student-Executive Master of Science in Organizational Development, United States International University-Africa; 2012

    Best Oral Presentation-Product Discovery and Development, African Network for Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation (ANDI), Addis Ababa-Ethiopia; 2011

    Equipment Grant-Pfizer, Sandwich, UK; 2011

    Keystone Scholarship-Keystone Symposium on Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Water, and Global Agriculture, Colorado-USA; January 2011

    Pfizer Travel Grant-3rd ANDI Conference in Nairobi; October 2010

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    Monsanto Travel Grant-Gordon Research Conference on Salt and Water Stress in Plants, Les Diablerets-Switzerland; June 2010

    Patent Holder (WO/2009/060402) Plant Promoters of the XVSAP1 Gene, World Intellectual Property Organization; 2009

    UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO TDR Fellowship; 2009

    Winner-African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation Best Poster Presentation Contest, South Africa; 2009

    Winner-Pfizer Best Science of the Month Contest; 2009

    ADMINISTRATIVE RESPOSIBILITY

    At Kenyatta University

    2016: Acting Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

    2015: Academic Advisor, Third year Forensic Science

    2014: Chair, Next Generation of Academics and Researchers Network, KU

    2013: Member, University Research and Advisory Board, Kenyatta University

    2013: Member, City Campus Management Board, Kenyatta University

    2013: Member, Departmental Forensic Science Committee

    2013: Member, Departmental Appointment and Appraisal Committee

    2012: Chair, Departmental Board of Postgraduate studies

    2012: Acting Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

    Appointment to Boards

    2018: Board Member, and Chair Technical Committee, Kenya National Bureau of

    Statistics (KNBS)

    2016: Member, Board of Management, Christian and Scientific Association of

    Kenya

    2011: Member of Technical Committee Board, Kenya Accreditation Services

    (KENAS)

    NETWORKING AND COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL ORGANIZATIONS

    2017: Initiated a collaborative research between Kenyatta University and the

    Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norfolk, UK

    2017 Initiated a collaborative research between Kenyatta University and the

    Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, Department of Cell and Metabolic

    Biology

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    2016: Initiated a collaborative research between Kenyatta University and the

    Agricultural Research Council, South Africa through a joint funded research

    project between NACOSTI and South Africa.

    2013 Developed a dossier which was submitted by Kenyatta University to

    International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) to

    allow the Plant Transformation Laboratory, at Kenyatta University be an

    affiliate Center of ICGEB. The request was approved.

    2014: Initiated a collaborative research between Kenyatta University and the

    University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Oct 2011: Initiated a collaborative research between Kenyatta University and Dahlem

    Center of Plant Sciences, FU Berlin, Germany 10th October 2011

    EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL GRANTS

    2018: Principle Investigator - International Research Development Fund project : Supporting

    sexual violence investigation in Kenya through forensic reference databases (Total Amount:

    1 300 000)

    2017: Advancing locally developed biotech drought tolerant maize towards

    commercialization for enhanced food security. Vice Chancellor’s Research grant (Total

    Amount: KShs. 1 000 000)

    2017: Co-Principal Investigator-NRF multidisciplinary project: Food Safety and Forensics:

    Development and use of Proteomics and DNA-based technologies for the detection of

    adulterated and counterfeited meat and meat products in Kenya (Total Amount: KES 16 100

    000).

    2017: Principal Investigator-NRF multidisciplinary project: An Integrated Approach to

    Advanced Research on Locally Developed and Safe Genetically Modified Foods (Total

    Amount: KES 11 600 000).

    2017: Co-Principal Investigator-NRF multidisciplinary project: Determination of levels of

    ionizing radiation in Human Habitat, Water, and Food: a potential cause of the rising cancer

    incidences in Kenya (Total Amount: KES 19 930 000).