Dr. Rutamu Augustine is a holder of MBA from Barathiar University in India, and a PhD in Cooperative Banking from VIT University in the same country. He has experience of more than 30 years in the academic field. Dr. Rutamu is currently serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics and Research at University of Lay Adventists of Kigali, Rwanda.
Dr. Prosper NKURUNZIZA
Dr. Prosper NKURUNZIZA Ph.D. holder in Rural Development from Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippines, Master of Development Studies from Bugema University and Bachelor degree in education from the National University of Rwanda.
He has served as a consultant to GOs, NGOs including mainly farmer organizations, youth and women groups in rural areas. He is currently a lecturer at University of Lay Adventists of Kigali UNILAK).
Dr. Benson Otieno Ndiege
Dr. Benson Otieno Ndiege is a lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance at Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU), Tanzania.
He holds a Ph.D. of Finance Management from the Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, Master of Science in Economics from Mzumbe University, Morogoro, Tanzania and Bachelor of Arts with Education from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
He teaches and research in the area of finance, microfinance, Economics, Education, rural livelihoods, co-operatives and cooperative development, farmer’s organizations and entrepreneurship.
Some of his publications include Analysis of the Possibilities for Expansion of Services in Tanzanian Savings and Credit Co‐operative Societies: Learning from Economies of Scale, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, (2015). Empowering small scale dairy farmers through the co-operative model, Journal of Co-operative and Business Studies, (2018).
The Impacts of Financial Linkage on Sustainability of Less-Formal Financial Institutions: Experience of Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies in Tanzania, Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, (2014).
Also, Dr. Ndiege has been participating in various consultancy assignments.
NDAGIJIMANA Ibrahim, PhD Fellow, in Governance and Leadership (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, JKUAT-NAIROBI) and experienced with huge professional experiences in Local Government with specialization in the various domain such as Governance, Leadership, Peace and conflict transformation, public policy and Management with more than 14 years of proven experience in leadership positions as Senior Manager as civil servant (Rwanda).
He have been Chief Budget Manager, Chief Human Resources and served as National Consultant with International and National Organizations, currently, working with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), as Organizational Performance Coach, in the Local Government Coaching Program, Team Leader, Eastern Province since 2014.
Ibrahim, hold’s Master’s in Public Administration and Management from Kampala international university (KIU), Master’s in Peace and Conflict Transformation from National University of Rwanda (UNR) and Master’s in Local government studies from University of Rwanda (UR), Diplome des etudes superieur specialisees (DESS) with Ecole National d’Administration Public du CANADA (ENAP/RIAM), more trainings from YALI, WORLD BANK… and participated in different workshops and conferences.
Prof Esther Gicheru
Associate Professor Co-operative Management and Orgaization Development, Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK).
Chairperson for Alliance Africa Gender and Research Committee.
An Associate Member, Kenya Institute of Management (AM-KIM), Member, Association of Professional Co-operators (M-APC), Member of Kenya Counseling and Psychological Association and Chairperson of Shirika Savings and Credit Co-operative Society (Sacco)
Esther Holds PhD in Organization Development and Transformation, from Cebu Doctors’ University, Cebu, The Philippines, Master in Co-operative Management and Organization Development, from Leicester University, Leicester, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Agriculture from The University of Nairobi, Kenya
Gicheru has been a long serving cooperative officer in the department of cooperative Development (12years), Principal of the former cooperative College of Kenya (24years), and has acted as Short Term Lead Consultant on Formulation of Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Framework in Co-operatives in Africa through International Co-operative Alliance in 2006 amongst other assignments.
Esther Towo is a senior lecturer and economist at in the department of Economics and Statistics at Moshi-Co-operative University. She received her PhD degree that focused on rural Development from the Sokoine University of Agriculture. She is a recipient of the Leadership for Environment and Development Fellowship award. She has been involved in several research projects that focus on rural development, entrepreneurship and co-operative development. Esther has also participated in local and international conferences, writing papers that are related to access and availability of credit in rural areas, gender and co-operative development. She also has several publications in the same areas
Suleman Adam Chambo
Suleman Adam Chambo, is an Associate Professor of Economics and Co-operative Management in the Department of Co-operative Development and Management of the Moshi Co-operative University in Tanzania. He is former principal of the Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies, before it became the Moshi Co-operative University . He received two masters degrees, one in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam(1978) and another masters degree in Co-operative Management from York University in Canada (1987). He is a member of Tanzanian and international Co-operative research organizations. His research work falls in the following areas: Co-operative Business Modeling, Co-operative Management Innovation and integration, Value Chain Management , Governance, and Member Driven Education and Training. He has been an external examiner for Masters Dissertations from Irish and South Africa universities. He is an experienced consultant and facilitator on Co-operative Management, Project Panning, Co-operative Business Development and Change Management.
Silas Maiyo currently works at the Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) as the Co-ordinator, Research and Extension services at the Institute of C-operative Development (ICD). He is also a lecturer at the same institution.
Silas is a founding member of Kenya Society of Professional Cooperators (KSPCS), Associate member of Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and Member of Internet Society (ISOC)
Silas is currently a PhD student at University of Nairobi, holds Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Nairobi, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Moi University. Has undergone various trainings in Research, project management, data analysis and presentations facilitated by CUK, USAID and Higher Education for Development programme.
Silas has over ten (10) years of experience in Research writing, teaching, project management and consulting services in various facets including Community development and Co-operative development for sustainable development.
Mr.Wanjohi Migwi ,an MBA holder and a Certified SACCO Director and a Member of the Institute of Co-operative Professionals ,is the CEO of ATC, The Corporate Arm of the Co-operative University of Kenya.He also is a Consultant, a Researcher and a Trainer in Co-operative and Small and Medium Businesses .He has worked with many SACCOs in Kenya in collaboration with The Co-operative University of Kenya and SACCO Societies Regulatory Authority(Kenya) and in Uganda in collaboration with Uganda Co-operative Savings and Credit Union under Project For Financial Inclusion In Rural Areas(PROFIRA).He has also worked with marketing co-operatives at formation and strengthening levels under various projects such as Kenya Agricultural Productivity Program(KAPP in Meru);Food Retail Challenge Fund (FRICH in Kericho);ILOCOP Afrika (In Katangi-Kitui/Machakos); Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP in Nairobi);We Effect(in Kenya);Coffee Management services(In Murang’a,Nyeri and Kirinyaga).Wanjohi has also researched various Co-operative thematic Areas in Kenya, Ethiopia and Malawi. In the course of his work, he has built dependable and Strong networks within the Co-operative Sectors in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda,UK and Botswana.
Mr. Frederic Mpambara
Mr. Frederic Mpambara is a lecturer in the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management Department of Accounting and Finance at University of Lays Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK), Rwanda. He is a Ph.D scholar in Business Management from Open University of Tanzania (OUT). He is a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) option Business Management and Accounting from University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB), Kenya and Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), option Finance from the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK), Rwanda. He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Learning Institutions from Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), Rwanda, and in African Leadership in ICT from African Union & GESCI. He teaches and carries out researches in the area of Microfinance, Finance, Economics, Rural livelihoods, Co-operatives, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. Some of his publications include Analysis of Determinants of Access to Microfinance loans in Kicukiro district, Rwanda: A Descriptive and Correlational Study, Repository of UEAB, Kenya, (2012). Marketing-Mix and Customer Satisfaction in MTN Rwanda-cell in Kicukiro District, Rwanda, East African Journal of Sciences and Technology (EAJST), (2012). Assessment of Challenges faced by Tax Collectors and Tax Payers in Rural Areas, Case of Nyaruguru District, Rwanda, EAJST, (2014). The Effect of Credit Packages of Vision 2020 Umurenge Program in Poverty Alleviation in RUSIGA Sector, Rwanda, EAJST, (2015). The Impact of Outsourcing activities on Organizational Performance of private companies, Case of BRALIRWA Ltd. EAJST, (2016), and The contribution of land use consolidation program to the economic development of farmers in Nyamagabe District, Rwanda. EAJST, (2016). Also, Mr. Mpambara has been participating in various seminars, conferences, and consultancy assignments.