Fostina is a skilled senior-level technical specialist with a strong background in advocating for women’s representation and involvement in agricultural markets within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region. As a founding member of the Women in Agribusiness for Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance (WASAA), she promotes and advocates for fair regional agricultural commodity trade within the WASAA network (Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Swaziland, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe). Ms. Fostina is committed to technical capacity building and has facilitated various regional training workshops and conferences on Warehouse Receipting Systems in Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. She also advocates for and leads smallholder farmer- and trader-friendly Agricultural Marketing Information Systems. Her breadth of experience includes institutional development, planning, design and registration of the following institutions: Eastern Africa Grain Council’s Grain Training Institute, Food Traders Association of Eastern and Southern Africa, Women in Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance Kenya Chapter, and Ukamba School of Business (Kenya). She has been Vice Chair, and Kenya Country Director of the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) where she headed the Agricultural Marketing Information Systems Committee; Policy and Funding committee within the council. in the past worked as the Head of Fundraising, United States International University,WHO Somalia, and Hamiliton Harrision & Mathews. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems & Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration in Management Information Systems & Entrepreneurship.
Virginia Thuku, WASAA Director
In addition to having a passion for farming and agribusiness works as an Academic Advisor at the United States International University. Virginia has been involved in various Youth Entrepreneurship Training and Capacity Building initiatives in Thika District, and very interested in developing youth capacity in agribusiness through entrepreneurship training and business development.
Susan Njoroge, WASAA Director
Susan is the Head of Research and Development at Syngenta East Africa, and is the only certified trainer in Kenya of the globally acclaimed GlobalGap, a good agricultural practice certification. Susan is one of the most sought after resources people in the agri-business sector, especially by export farmers who seek the best practice certification. Susan has worked in Syngenta for the last nine years, and her passion is empowering the small-scale farmers, especially in promoting access of new and advanced technologies.
Daniel Maina Kanyi, WASAA Advisor
Kanyi is the Chief Executive Officer, SMD Consulting an organization that deals with entrepreneurship and SME development, Strategy and Market Development as well as Corporate Finance. Daniel has over 20 years experience in project leadership in Africa region and has worked with the International Finance Corporation and Africa Project Development Facility in senior management roles. He has been a nominee for the World Bank President’s Award for Excellence and Winner of an Africa Project Development Facility award for exceptional leadership. He has spearheaded the design, development and implementation of entrepreneurship development programs with the aim of enhancing competitiveness and effectiveness of small and medium enterprises.
Ndegwa Muchiri, WASAA Advisor
Ndegwa is the Team Leader of Training, at Farm Focus Organization, with over ten years experience in extension services, marketing, and training. Prior to joining Farm Focus Organization, Ndegwa worked for Brookside Dairies where he was in charge of Marketing Distribution and Branding. Ndegwa is credited with the introduction of ten new market brands at Brookside, and is an accredited Global Good Agricultural practice (GlobaGap) trainer and an Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) inputs trainer. Ndegwa graduated of the University of Nairobi, with a Bachelor’s degree and has a Diploma in Sales and Marketing.
Kevin Manyara, WASAA Advisor
Kevin is a Food Scientist with over 10 years in grain handling operations and grain quality management. Currently, Kevin works as an Administrator is in charge of systems, trading, grain inventory, warehouse receipting, and human resources. Kevin has done various consultancy in grain handling operations for Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), the Rwanda Postharvest Handling and Storage Taskforce, and the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD); and has authored a chapter on commercial grain handling in a Grain Structured Trade Handbook to be published by The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and EAGC. He has also developed a warehouse operations manual for EAGC. Kevin is waiting to graduate with a MBA (Strategic Management) degree from Egerton University, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Egerton University and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management.