Joash Barack Okeyo-Owuor

Currently employment;
Rongo University College: Professor of Environmental Biology and Health at School of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Studies
- Lecturing in environmental biology and health subjects including ecology, biodiversity and wetland management
- Conducts research in environment and natural resources management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa as well as other parts of tropical Africa.

VIRED International: Director General and Chief Researcher
- Conduct regional and international research and training on issues of environmental concerns including conservation, policies, etc at transboundary ecosystems, cross border communities
- Support and engage local community other stakeholders in active participation in environmental conservation and natural resources management, improving their food and nutrition security and human and environmental health.

Born on 10th July 1949, Joash Barack Okeyo-Owuor (Prof., Ph.D. EBS) is the Founder and Director General of Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development (VIRED) International based in Kisumu, Kenya. He has a the following Qualifications: B.Sc. (Agriculture), M.Sc. (Entomology) and Ph.D. (Zool/Population Ecology/IPM). He is a Professor of Environmental Biology and Health formerly at School of Environmental Study at University of Moi University, Eldoret, and currently at Rongo University College, Kenya. He is the Founder and Director General of Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development (VIRED) International, Kisumu, Kenya. He has over 25 years professional expertise and working experience in agriculture, food security, nutrition and ecosystem and natural resources management in Tropical Africa. He is a renown scientist and continues to conduct research and capacity building at various levels in East and Central Africa especially in the Lake Victoria Basin. Currently he is involved in managing several donor funded collaborative research and community based projects including the UNDP supported Nyando Wetland Conservation, the Dutch funded project on ecology of livelihoods in the lake Victoria Wetlands (ECOLIVE), SIDA funded Efficient management of Waste Water Using Constructed Wetlands (EMAU),  the ASARECA funded on Payments for Environmental Services in transboundary landscapes in East and Central Africa, the FAO, USAID and JICA funded Community based Flood Mitigation projects in Lake Victoria Basin. He is the project coordinator of the No Sex For Fish (NSFF) Project in Lake Victoria Basin.  He has successfully supervised thesis research for over 20 PhD and 50 MSc scholars from various parts of the world. He has held numerous important posts including Senior Research Scientist at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya and Somalia, Managing Director Lake Basin Development Authority, Kenya, President of Africa wide ARPPIS Scholars Association (ASA), among others. He has been a lead consultant in numerous environmental management and food security projects in Kenya, Somalia, DRC, Mozambique among others where he has successfully led interdisciplinary, multinational and multi-cultural teams. In 2010 he received the prestigious Presidential Award of Elder of Burning Spear (EBS) of Kenya due to his scientific and development records in the country and beyond. Prof. Okeyo-Owuor has published many papers, books and participated in numerous workshops and international conferences.

Fellow member
Rongo University College & VIRED
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