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Akala Haron is a fellow at ARIN. He is also a research fellow working on Climate Resilient Economies Programme. Akala has a Master Degree in Environmental Science from Egerton University (Kenya), Postgraduate Degree in Remote Sensing and GIS from African Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education-English Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria) and Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from Egerton University (Kenya). Akala has vast experience as an Environmental and Geospatial analyst, adept in data gathering, modelling, analysis, trainer and policy advocacy. He has worked with the following; GIS and Remote Sensing Learning advisor at In-depth Research Services, Greenhouse Gas analyst at Conservation International, GIS analyst at Nature Surf Africa, Research Assistant Forest Action Network and Graduate and Research Assistant at Egerton University in Kenya.

Akala started his career as a GIS analyst at Nature Surf immediately after completing Postgraduate studies where he later joined Conservation International. His core assignment was to model greenhouse gas to develop a National Inventory for sustainability. He later worked as a Business developer at In-depth Research as GIS and Remote Sensing trainer and consultant. The passion to apply GIS in real life decision making led Akala to sharpen his skills in the use of ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS and other spatial analysis software with extensive experience and vast knowledge in map creation, geostatistics and satellite image analysis.

Akala`s career on community outreach and frequent involvement in leadership has provided him with substantial experience in practical skills, and Collaboration with other scholars at all levels and across different disciplines. As an Environmental Scientist and Geospatial Analyst, Akala specializes more in spatial analysis. Specifically, in the use of GIS as a tool in decision making. His work over the last 5 years are summarized in the subjects below:

  • Project management and implementation
  • Performing Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit
  • Capacity building and community empowerment
  • Social media campaigns and communication outreach
  • Disaster management
  • Developing and maintaining training compliance database
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

During his postgraduate studies, Akala was fascinated with application of GIS in Disaster Risk Reduction. These enabled him to understand the importance of science as a guiding principle for Transforming Africa by utilizing the available local resources that motivated him to desire more to specialize in disaster management. Working as a Research Fellow on Climate Resilient Economies Programme, will contribute more on his career development.

Publication

  1. Akala, H., Makindi, S. M., & Esilaba, M. (2018). Effects of Climate Variability on Foraging Behaviour of Bees: A Case Study of Marigat and Ratat locations in Baringo County, Kenya.