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New Chairman of the Board Appointed

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry for Education has appointed Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo as the Chairman of the Board of National Biosafety Authority (“NBA Board”) with effect from October 28, 2016. She succeeds Prof. Jenesio Kinyamario who served as the Board Chairman of NBA Board as from August 26, 2013 to August 25, 2016.  

The NBA Board, Management and Staff would like to express their appreciation to outgoing Chairman, Prof Kinyamario for his significant contributions to the NBA Board, and welcome Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo to the Board.

Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo holds a PhD (Social Anthropology) from Cambridge University, UK and a BA (Anthropology) from The University Of Nairobi, Kenya.  She is currently the Executive and Founder Director of the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD), a non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. AIHD conducts research, training and advocacy on health and development issues. Prior to joining the AIHD, Dr. Amuyunzu-Nyamongo worked for the African Population and Research Center (APHRC), Population Council (PC), the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of Strathmore University.  

Dr. Amuyunzu-Nyamongo has provided technical services to the Government of Kenya and international development partners on various activities, including the development of a National NCD Strategy, National Social Protection Policy, Poverty Social Impact Analysis, and the Kenya Country Social Analysis. Dr. Amuyunzu-Nyamongo has published widely in the areas of health and development, focusing on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), nutrition, HIV/AIDS, gender, youth, children under-five, rural and urban poverty, and health promotion in general.

Dr. Amuyunzu-Nyamongo serves on various international committees and boards, including:

i.    Member, Working Group on alignment of International Cooperation with National Plans on NCDs, World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) (2016-16).
ii.    Committee Member: Mectizan Expert Committee (MEC) and the Mectizan Donation Program (2014-2016).
iii.    Advisory Member: Immunization and Vaccines related Implementation Research Advisory Committee Members (2014-2016).
iv.    Independent Advisory Board Member on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (2012-2014) by the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The Board of the NBA comprises seventeen members, including the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer as the Secretary.

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