The ARIN Interim Advisory Board

The Interim Advisory Board is made up of the regional focal points drawn from the four African regions. The board  provides support and advice to academic and research programs, assist in the development of new programs, and identify best-practice standards. They serve as ambassadors of the Network, providing a connection to and ongoing exchange of information and ideas with members of a broader society. The board members also engage in periodic intellectual discussions on the future of Africa’s research and impact pathways.

The ARIN Interim Advisory Board

Dr. Joanes Atela (PhD)

Executive Director

Ferdinand Combary

ARIN Fellow
Ferdinand Combary is an urban planner by training and is currently a PhD candidate in sustainable urban development at the Regional Center of Excellence on Sustainable Cities in Africa at…

Kennedy Mbeva

CO - Convenor

Mr. ATTA Mian Joseph

ARIN Fellow
Mr. ATTA Mian Joseph focuses his actions more on SDGs 6 and 13 which are the subject of his research in his university course (PhD). He is a ARIN (African…

Egbade Wiyao

ARIN Fellow
Egbade Wiyao est un boursier de l’ARIN. Il est un chercheur dynamique en début de carrière spécialisée en Changement climatique et développement durable et également Ingénieur eaux et forêts. Etant…

Gilles Florent Etonam MONSIN

ARIN Fellow
Gilles Florent Etonam MONSIN is a dynamic biologist, passionate about sustainable development, he specialized in organic farming in order to overcome the problem of soil degradation due to chemical fertilizers.…

Dr. Uduak Akpan

ARIN Fellow
Dr. Uduak Akpan is a Development Expert and has worked extensively on multidisciplinary research projects in thematic areas such as energy access, climate change, rural energy planning, and rural transport…

Victoria Chengo

Research Manager

Jim Oduor

ARIN Fellow
Jim Oduor is a skilled social research professional with experience in international development, climate change and adaptation as well as M&E having worked in various capacities in research design and…

Dr. Joseph Galani

ARIN Fellow
Dr Joseph Galani is an ARIN Fellow of the 2023 cohort. He is a Lecturer in Food Science at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, with experience in Africa,…

Brian Kipkoech

ARIN Fellow
Brian Kipkoech is a PhD student at the Free University of Bolzano (Italy) in collaboration with the University of Lincoln (UK). He holds a master’s degree in Food Identity and…

Chidiebere Ofoegbu

ARIN Fellow
Chidiebere Ofoegbu is a forest and environmental scientist with interest in the socioecological aspect of nature, ecosystems services and biodiversity management. He is enthusiastic about the linkages between science and…

Charles Tonui

Strategic Engagements and Partnerships

Fama Gueye

NDC Fellow


NDC Fellow


NDC Fellow

Koala Lamoussa

NDC Fellow


NDC Fellow

Gwladys Johnson

NDC Fellow


NDC Fellow

Ssewajje Hassan

NDC Fellow

Nelly Bosibori

NDC Fellow


ARIN Fellow

Caroline Mwendwa

ARIN Fellow

Emily Bolo

Research Associate - Clean Energy

Leah Aoko

Research Associate - Policy Specialist

Amon Mturi Mtunji

Finance and Administration Officer

Florence Onyango

Communications Manager

Dr. Fama Gueye

ARIN Fellow
Dr. Fama Gueye, Lecturer/researcher in Sustainable Development at the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), Senegal, and the Deputy Director of WASCAL-CCE/UCAD.…

Mr Paul Osogo

Diplomatic and Government Liaison Officer

Washington Kanyangi

Research Associate - Disaster Risk Management

Erick Omwandho Opiyo

ICT Specialist
Erick Omwandho Opiyo, is an IT. Specialist at ARIN. He oversees the organization information systems and participates in proposal planning, design and development of project-based research systems. He has over…

Dr. Caroline Mulinya

ARIN Fellow
Caroline Mulinya holds a Ph.D. in Geography(Climatology and Climate Change from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology,( 2017) a Master of Arts in Geography in Climatology from the…

Dr. Mary Nantongo

Regional Focal Point - East Africa

Iddrisu Salifu

ARIN Fellow
Iddrisu Salifu is a Ghanaian from Kugasigo, a suburb of Garu-Tempane in the Upper East Region of Ghana. He has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Economics from the University…

Chabi Kègnidé Rostand ELEGBEDE

ARIN Fellow
Chabi Kègnidé Rostand ELEGBEDE est un ingénieur agronome. Proactif, orienté vers le résultat, M. ELEGBEDE s’est très tôt passionné par les techniques de productions agricoles durables et management des coopératives…

Dr. Willis Okumu

ARIN Fellow
Dr. Willis Okumu is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) based in Nairobi, in the Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organised Crimes (ENACT) research program. Willis…

Prof. Felix Kanungwe Kalaba

Regional Focal Point – Southern Africa

Sammy Jamar

ARIN Fellow
Jamar is a mechanical engineer by profession currently working at CLASP as a research fellow in clean energy access. His primary responsibilities involve conducting research and performing data analysis, with…

Peter Wasswa

ARIN Fellow
Peter Wasswa is a Research Fellow at ARIN. He is a dynamic early career researcher specializing in Meteorology and Hydrology. With his back ground in climatic science and water resources…


Francophone Focal Point

Moudjaidou SEIDOU

ARIN Fellow
Moudjaidou SEIDOU is a professional in sustainable agriculture. As an agricultural engineer, he works as a researcher at the Research Institute of the Interprofessional Association of Cotton (AIC) of Benin…

Chrispers Kirimi Kisa

ARIN Fellow
Chrispers Kirimi Kisa is an accomplished Conservation Specialist and Project Management Professional with a proven track record of driving impactful initiatives in the field of environmental conservation and sustainable development.…


ARIN Fellow
ABOUDOU Abib is a young Beninese researcher with a M.Sc. degree in plant breeding (crop production) and a professional licence in sociology anthropology (Social mediation and development facilitation). During his…

Dr. Antoine Faye (PhD)

Focal point for Francophone
Dr. Antoine Faye is the focal point for Francophone. He is an Independent Consultant with tested expertise in Public Policy Analysis while specializing in Climate Change Economics. At mid-career as…

Daniel Atewin Amoshie

ARIN Fellow
Daniel Amoshie is a budding Electrical Engineer at Ashesi University driven by a passion for electronics and machines and using that to innovate the Agricultural sector. Daniel is an ARIN…

Awonke Baba

Awonke Baba is an LLM candidate in constitutional law and Multilevel government at the Dullar Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape. He is also a research fellow at African…


ARIN Fellow
Alvin LONTUM is a Research Assistant at eBASE Africa. He is a dynamic early career researcher specializing in Economics, Data, Research Translation and Online Search. Since joining eBASE Africa in…

Ms. Norma Audrey GUITINZIA

Ms. Norma Audrey GUITINZIA since 2016 has worked in the context of the environment, in particular within the framework of the European project for the Congo Basin CV4C within the…

Onyekachi Nwafor

ARIN Fellow
Onyekachi Nwafor is a professional in the field of renewable energy and energy transition, with a strong passion for sustainability and driving the transition towards a low-carbon economy. With a…

Ongyoumous Balotoken Catherine Germaine

ARIN Fellow
Ongyoumous Balotoken Catherine Germaine is an independent diplomat, expert in regional integration and development cooperation. Holder of a master’s degree in international relations with a specialization in regional integration and…

Vayanga Donzo

ARIN Fellow
I am Vayanga Donzo student in Master of research in Migration Cooperation and local development at General Lansana Conté University of Sonfonia (Conakry), I am a scholarship holder and focal…