Richard joins AFIDEP as Project Director on the Platform for Dialogue and Action on Health Technologies in Africa (Health Tech Platform).
He is a Biomedical Scientist (Medical Entomology/Parasitology/Epidemiology) with vast international experience and linkages, accrued through a hitherto productive scientific career.
He brings to AFIDEP his successful and long-term scientific experience in the not-for-profit Research and Development sector as well as at an African Public University, an opportunity for him to provide us with a reflective African leadership that will steer the use of cutting-edge tools and services for malaria and vector-borne disease control.
Richard has previously served as the local lead of the Department of Entomology and vector borne diseases at the US Army Medical Research Unit in Kenya (USAMRU-K) and as head of the Human Health Division of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya. He was part of the team that scientifically designed and directed the first ever ‘Drones for malaria control in Africa (Zanzibar)’ project among other things.
He holds a Ph.D in medical Entomology from Wageningen University, Netherlands, a Master’s Degree in Medical Parasitology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Nairobi and Egerton University in Kenya respectively. Currently he is studying for a Masters in Business Administration.
In his free time, Richard enjoys exploring nature and talking to children.