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The AFF Secretariat runs the day to day activities of the AFF and has the following staff stationed at the ICRAF Campus in Gigiri, Nairobi.


Godwin Kowero (Tanzania)

Executive Secretary, Secretary to the Governing Council and the Executive Committee of AFF.

Executive Secretary, African Forest Forum; Project Leader, Sustainable Forest Management in Africa (SFM II), Nairobi, Kenya (2006-present); Member of Steering Committee of the National Forest Programme Facility (NFP), FAO, Rome (2002-present); Member of the Advisory Board for the World Bank PROFOR, Chairman, Technical Committee and Member of AFORNET Board (2002-present); Vice-Chairman, Steering Committee on project  Lessons Learnt on Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” (2003-2005); Regional Coordinator, CIFOR Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (1998-2005); Senior Scientist, CIFOR, Indonesia (1995-1998); Former professor of forest economics and policy, Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Moi University (Kenya) and Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) (1987-1994); Chairman, Board of Directors, Tanzania Wood Industry Corporation (1990-91).


Mahamane Larwanou (Niger)
Senior Programme Officer

Larwanou Mahamane joined AFF in 2008 as a Senior Programme Officer and the Head of the Programmes Management Unit.   He worked with the University of Niamey as a lecturer and research scientist from 2006.  In 1994, Larwanou joined the National Institute for Agricultural Research of Niger (INRAN) as a research scientist in the Forestry Department where he was deployed to offer professional services to the regional centres for agricultural research in Tahoua, Kollo and Niamey.   Larwanou holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources Management, a Master of Science degree in Ecology/Agroforestry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant biology and ecology from the University Abdou Moumouni, Niamey, the Republic of Niger.

An accomplished scholar, Larwanou has published more than 80 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and coordinated many scientific collaborative research projects.  His special research  interests includes: forestry ecology, agroforestry, vegetation dynamics, climate change, forest-water relation in dry lands.   He has developed and updated various agroforestry technologies aimed at improving parkland systems in the Sahel.  He still continues to teach, undertake student supervision and conduct research at the University of Niamey.


Doris Mutta (Kenya)

Senior Programme Officer 

Doris Mutta joined AFF in January 2015 as a Senior Programme Officer and Project Manager.  Doris will manage the AFF project supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) entitled “Strengthening sustainable forest management in Africa”.  This project, implemented since 2014, seeks to “to generate and share knowledge and information through partnerships in ways that provide inputs into policy options and capacity building for improved forest management that better address poverty eradication and environmental protection in Africa”. Prior to joining AFF, Ms Mutta was the Associate Projects Officer at the Nairobi Convention Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 2009 to 2014 while on sabbatical leave from Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). At the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, she contributed the implementation of the Nairobi Convention and its three protocols on biodiversity, land based pollution and emergency in accordance with decisions of the Conferences of Parties.


Vincent Onguso Oeba (Kenya)  

Programme Officer

Vincent Oeba was working with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute [KEFRI] as a Senior Research Scientist in Science and Policy of Climate Change before joining AFF. He was the Head of Biometrics and Resource Assessment. At AFF, Vincent is involved in the coordination and implementation of activities on climate change as it relates to forest resources and livelihoods; as well as working on other issues in the framework of food, fuel and fibre production and use; forest water yield and management; and dissemination of information resulting from these activities.


Barbara Owuor (Kenya) 

Administrative Officer

Barbara Owuor joined AFF as an Administrative Assistant. Barbara earlier worked at the National Museums of Kenya before joining ICRAF to work for PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) which closed office – for about three and half years; and thereafter went for a short stint as an Operations Officer at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (K), before coming back to ICRAF to work with AFF. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), Arusha, Tanzania; a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in IT from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; Diploma in Business Management from the Kenya Institute of Management; among other qualifications, with over 15 years of administrative experience. 


Caroline Kajuju (Kenya)

Finance Officer

Caroline Kajuju joined AFF as an Accounts Assistant in December 2013. She holds a Bachelors of Commerce  degree (Accounting Option) from Kenyatta University and a Certified Public Acountant (CPA K) among other basic qualifications, with 7 years of accounting experience. She earlier worked with Consumer Insight Africa and National Bank of Kenya. The Greater part of her experience (6 years) was gained at the World Vision Kenya where she worked as a Programme Accountant before she transitioned to join AFF.


Evelyn Ndenga (Kenya)

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist

Evelyn Ndenga joined the African Forest Forum (AFF) as the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist in September 2014.   Evelyn is a social science researcher as well as a monitoring and evaluation practitioner with experience in conservation and development oriented programs. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and French from Moi University, Kenya, and a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology of Rural Development from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked extensively in international research organizations concentrating on forest conservation and plant knowledge dissemination programs in Africa. Previously she worked as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the United States International University (USIU) Africa, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA), both in Nairobi, Kenya.


Daphine Gitonga (Kenya)
Communications Specialist

Daphine Gitonga joined AFF in June 2015, as a Communications Specialist.  She is involved in implementing the Forum’s communication /outreach strategy aimed at ‘building and strengthening networking among the many and varied stakeholders in forestry in Africa’.  Prior to joining AFF, Ms Gitonga was a communications consultant for UN-Habitat’s Urban Environment and Urban Energy Units (2005-2015). While at the Agency, she contributed towards increasing the visibility of several regional and national technical cooperation projects focused on: climate change, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, biodiversity, urban planning, governance and water/sanitation. 

She also served as a communications officer at Practical Action Eastern (2008-2010). From 2002-2005, she was an account executive with Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Agency in Kenya. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Daystar University in Nairobi.



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