Our Team

Otula Owuor: Executive Director

Otula Owuor: Executive Director

OTULA has strong interest in popularization of science and technology as the driving force for sustainable development. He brings over 30 years of science communication and journalism experiences to bear for Science Africa’s partners and clients. Prior to founding Science Africa in 1994, Otula served for a decade as science editor and writer for Nation Media Group. He was the Chief of Communication at African Heads of State Forum on Science and Technology, Focusing on Food Security in Kampala, Uganda. He has built enormous experience providing leadership in science communication, capacity building, media relations and mentorship across Africa and the globe.  Otula, the overall SA team leader, believes in a hands-on coaching and mentorship approach to delivery of SA’s promise to its partners.  He is skilled in science communication, strategic planning, media relations, editing and research. Otula holds an MA in International Relations; BSc in Microbiology, and a BA Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. Otula is a board of East African Science and Technology Commission. He has been a board member of the National Biosafety Authority (NBA-Kenya) and the Agricultural Information Resource Center (AIRC). He is a founding member of African Federation of Science Journalists (AFSJ) and a pioneering mentor with the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).  He has also been a member of the International Science Writers Association (ISWA).

Daniel Otunge: Deputy Executive Director

DANIEL is a communication and advocacy specialist with over 15 years of professional and hands-on experience in strategic communication, public engagement, project management, policy advocacy, teaching and journalism. As the Deputy Executive Director of Science Africa, Daniel is in charge of strategy, projects development, coordination and management. Daniel holds a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi. Daniel obtained diploma certificates in journalism from Akademie Klausenhoff, Germany, and the World Bank, Washington, DC. Daniel has worked in senior communication and advocacy positions in international and regional organizations, including at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) as the manager of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) project, covering over eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA); the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) Advocacy and Communications Officer. Others positions held include Communications Officers with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and as Deputy Director and Editor at Picasso Productions LTD. He has also taught mass communication courses at the St Paul’s University, Limuru and advocacy skills at Cornell University under the Cornell Alliance for Science fellowship program. He has consulted for various reputable organizations, institutions, programs and foundations, including Universalia of Canada, UNDP and The World Bank, among others. Daniel is a former board member of the Cornell Alliance for Science and the founding chairman of Media for Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA).

Mr. Leo Ogwago: Director of Administration

Mr. Leo OgwagoDirector of Administration

LEO served in the military for over12 years in the logistics department and had tours of duty in many countries. Leo has strong logistics background having worked for various companies in the logistics department. Prior to joining Science Africa, he worked for Erickson Global Repair Centre in Plano, Dallas, USA.  Leo previously worked with the Road Safety Network, Capital Real Time and Capital Airtime as Group Operations manager in Kenya. He holds a diploma in Criminology from North Harris college, in USA.

Ms. Dorothy Kamango: Senior Projects Advisor

DOROTHY is a science communications specialist with many years of experience in reporting, production and training of journalists and researchers. She obtained an MA degree in Mass Communication from University of Leicester’s Centre for Mass Communications, United Kingdom. Dorothy has worked in reputable local, regional and international organizations, starting off with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and the Kenya institute of Mass Communications, where she was a producer and lecturer, respectively.  Dorothy worked as Producer/Trainer with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) where her responsibilities ranged from training of trainers, promoting research uptake to mentoring journalists in solution journalism in South Sudan. Dorothy also served as a radio trainer / editor with Fondation Hirondelle, a Swiss based non-governmental organization (NGO), during which she trained journalists in Sudan working in collaboration with the UN Radio, in Juba. She has also worked with Panos Institute Eastern Africa (PEA) as Deputy Director in charge of research and training where she organised and conducted several workshops, seminars and discussion groups build capacities of reporters and researchers on effective science communication.

Mr. George Achia: Corporate Communications and Public Relations Specialist

Mr. George Achia: Corporate Communications and Public Relations Specialist

GEORGE is a Communications, Public Relations (PR) and Media Relations experts with skills and experience in leading corporate communications for international organizations, NGOs, public sector, Foundations and local companies across diverse industries. Some of the organizations he has supported with PR, media relations and communications works include African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Philips Africa, Bamburi Cement Limited, Google-Kenya, European Union (EU), AGRA, KCB Foundation, Unilever, British Council  – Kenya, African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Uwiano Peace Platform, Nairobi GreenLine Trust, Rohto Mentholutum, Wazito FC, London Distillers Ltd and Scinnovent Centre, among others.  George has expertise in developing content for Information, Communication and Education collaterals such as newsletters, reports, Factsheets, FAQs, brochures and company profiles. He has proven ability and experience in website and social media management including creating engaging multimedia content. He is a mission-driven professional working at the crossroads of global development and communications. George holds a MA in Communications Studies from the University of Nairobi, and BA in Linguistics and Literary Studies from Moi University. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) and Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA). He is the co-author of the Africa’s Minds: Build a Better Future booklet.

Mr. Anthony Rume: Brand Management and Marketing specialist

ANTHONY is a Brand Marketer and Social Media Strategist with over four years of experience. He has vast working experience in Brand Marketing, Strategic Product planning and Management. Prior to joining Science Africa as Brand Management and Marketing specialist, Anthony worked with organizations across Kenya, such as National Museums of Kenya, National Aids Control Programme (NASCOP), County Insight, Millennium Insurance, The Mater Hospital and YAKUTI Magazine. Building on a multi-disciplinary background combining strategic Brand and Product Marketing, Project Planning, IT and Procurement, Anthony is skilled in strategic execution of Product and Brand design and Marketing, Influencer relations and management, Online Advertising and Digital strategy. Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Moi University with Marketing and a Diploma in IT from Griffins College. He also participates in various Community Outreach programmes and various Brand Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

Ms. Sharon Atieno: Science Writer and Online Editor

SHARON is a prolific journalist and online news editor at Science Africa, a science-oriented media publication. Her career in journalism can be traced back to 2015, when she worked as a film reviewer and reporter on art and cultural issues at Lola Kenya Screen. She has attended several trainings on reporting on various issues, including a training on trade policies at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was among the six African journalists chosen to take part in the event. Sharon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Studies from Moi University and a Diploma in Computer Studies from Unity College of Professional Studies. She is a passionate, motivated and self-driven Kenyan.

Ms. Henry Owino: Science Writer

Ms. Henry Owino: Science Writer

Henry is an accomplished Science writer and journalist who brings a wealth of experience to Science Africa and its partners. Prior to joining the Science Africa as a science writer, reporter and content developer, Henry worked with Nation Media Group as a reporter and the Video Production Media as Cameraman and Production Director. He is a solution journalism specialist, having successfully completed a nine-month training and internship running science Africa and the USA-based Solution Journalism Network. Henry who holds a BA in Communications from Daystar University, also handles mentorship programme for Science Africa trainees and interns. He is the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA), Nairobi Branch team leader.

Editorial Team

  • Editor:                                 –Otula Owuor
  • Consulting Editors:              –James Njoroge Wachai
  • Uganda Editor:                    –Esther Nakkazi
  • Associate Editors:               –Daniel Otunge Dick Agudah
  • Revise Editor:                     –Naftali Mungai
  • Staff Writer:                       –George Achia
  • Staff Photographer:            –Charity Muturi
  • IT Specialist:     –Anthony Rume | +254713180761 | anthony_rume@yahoo.com
  • Operation & Co-ordination:  –Leo Ogwago Florence Choka | +254721248761 | ogwagoleo@yahoo.com
  • Layout Design:                     –Crimson Communications Ltd. james@mycrimson.com 020 8015 222
  • Contributors:                       –Alfred Kituku, Hope Mafaranga, Leocadia Bongben, Ola Al-Ghazawy, Dr Dunnlee Maina, Charles Odeny, Charity Muturi, Wairimu Nyambura, Sylvia Mwangi, Mbae Lawrence, and Sylvia Mwangi.

Professional Experts

Science Africa is made up of professional journalists and development communication specialists who have worked in the media and international research organizations for many years. We have excellent media relationships and contacts or networks in Kenya and across Africa.

Over the years we have been interacting with journalists in Africa, and indeed, all over the world through training, conferences and networking. In Africa we have a network of journalists such as Media for Environment Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) in Kenya, Uganda Science Journalists Association, and Journalists for Environment Tanzania (JET) in East Africa.

For Central and Southern Africa, we work closely with members of the Media for Environment, Agriculture and Development (MEAD) based in Lusaka, Zambia. In West Africa, we spearheaded the formation of the RECOAB (Regional Agricultural Science Journalists Association) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The organization has credible network journalists across Africa all of Africa. It is this vast network that we are ready to use to help organizations achieve their mass media outreach objectives. As part of media liaison we ensure that activities and events are well covered by the media in Africa and beyond including major news agencies. We develop and/or distribute press releases, organize, coordinate and manage press media events (such as press conferences, press briefing, press invitation etc).

Since 2009 ScienceAfrica, an African magazine on science, innovation and development, has provided intensive three months internships in science journalism and science communication.

The internships are accessible to young African students in journalism who seek hands-on experience during their holidays, as well as to final year students and to those who already have journalism degrees.

ScienceAfrica also has room for freelance journalists seeking experience in science reporting and for a few selected science graduates. These various internships have helped train African science journalists successfully thanks to the quality of the training and mentors.

Otula Owuor, editor ScienceAfrica, was also the patron of MESHA, The Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture based in Nairobi, a founding member of the African Federation of Science Journalists and a mentor for SjCOOP (Science journalism COOPeration) in Africa and the Middle East. SjCOOP is a past WFSJ project, which aimed mentoring science journalists and establishing science journalists’ associations in Africa and the Middle East.

Many universities have shown an interest in these internships for their students,  as is the case for  the University of Nairobi, Cardiff University, Riara University, the United States International University (USIU), etc. Since the beginning of the program in 2009, 54 internships have been completed and the  vast majority of these graduates have now found jobs or are successful freelance science journalists. For example, Kiprotich Koros from Moi University, won the African Media Initiative awards for his  ground-breaking investigative story on the use of hazardous -potentially carcinogenic chemicals-  such as calcium carbide, which contains remnants of arsenic and phosphorus and is used to hasten fruit ripening.  Mr Koros also won USD 2,000 from the India Centre for Science and Environment to help him write stories on water and urban pollution. Another outstanding intern and example is Kevin Opondo who just finished a PhD in Tropical Medicine focusing on malaria. While at ScienceAfrica, during both his Masters and PhD, he was interested in communicating science effectively to various audiences.

There are some other examples of successful African science journalists, such as Diana Omondo Makimario, who was among five young journalists from developing countries selected to attend and cover last years #COP21 in Paris.

 No.  NAME OF INTERN  UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
1. CLEMENTINE OSODO KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
2. LAWRENCE MBAE KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
3. GEOGE ACHIA MOI UNIVERSITY
4. BIBIANA IRAKI CARDIFF UNIVERSITY(UK)
5. KIPROTICH KOROS MOI UNIVERSITY
6. JOYFRIDA ANINDO MOI UNIVERSITY
7. GORDON WAYUMBA UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
8. EVA N.KIBICHO UNITED STATE INTERNATION UNIVERSITY (USIU)
9. YVONNE TAKA MASENO UNIVERSITY
10. EFFIE ALOUCH MASENO UNIVERSITY
11. BENARD MULI MOI UNIVERSITY
12. ROBERT MOGENDI MOI UNIVERSITY
13. JEFF OLOO KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
14. ALEX OTIENO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
15. YUNIE ATIENO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY(LAW&MEDIA)
16. CHARLES ODENY MOI UNIVERSITY
17. SLYVIA MWANGI MOI UNIVERSITY
18. WINFRED WANBUGU MOI UNIVERSITY
19. KEVIN OPONDO UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI (science communication)
20. OTIENO S. OWINO KENYA INSITUTE OF MASS COMMUCATION
21. MELODY WANJIRU UNITED STATE INTERNATION UNIVERSITY USIU
22. LEOPOLD OBI MOI UNIVERSITY
23. SEBASTIAN WASIKE TANGAZA COLLEGE
24. LYDON OGEMBO MASENO UNIVERSITY
25. JOSHUA MAINA MUGWE RIARA UNIVERSITY
26. ERIC KARIRA MAINA RIARA UNIVERSITY
27. ROSE MIKANGI RIARA UNIVERSITY
28. JUSTINE NJOKI WANGULI MASENO UNIVERSITY
29. FRED KUBAI DEYA KAMPALA UNIVERSITY
30. JOY ANNETTE RUME MOI UNIVERSITY
31. JOSEPH AMOLO KWANYA UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
32. DIANA OMONDI DAY STAR UNIVERSITY
33. MURAYA KAMUNDE RIARA UNIVERSITY
34. CLAIRE NGESAH MOI UNIVERSITY
35. BARRY KOFI MASENO UNIVERSITY
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