Professor John Wibberley MA, BSc [Hons] MTh, MSc, PhD, DipEd, NSch, FRGS, FRAgS is married to Jane since 1969, and they have two married sons and six grandchildren. In 1987, John was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS) for outstanding work in agronomy and extension in the UK.
He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and studied the survival of family-worked dairy farms in seven countries as a Trehane Scholar in 1988. He is a Professor of Agriculture & Rural Development, and an independent Resource Management Consultant working in the UK and overseas, especially in Africa where he serves in RURCON – an otherwise all – African team of Christian Development leaders established in 1971. He has been CEO and Coordinator of the RURCON Communications Unit UK since 1996. He was Head of Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester until 1989 when he set up his own business; he was a Visiting Fellow 1989-99, and he is now a Visiting Professor there since 1999. From 1995 – 1998, he was Adjunct Professor in Rural Extension at the University of Guelph Canada and from 1994 – 2004 Visiting Fellow in International and Rural Development at the University of Reading he was Chairman of the UK Farm Crisis Network (FCN) from 1998 – 2003. Since 2000 he is Hon-Secretary and CEO, Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies which seeks to recognise outstanding contributions to agricultural and rural progress within the UK.
He also serves on several boards, including African Enterprise (UK), Lee Abbey Devon, as a Secretary of State Appointee on Exmoor National Park Authorities since 2008 (where he also chairs The Exmoor Hill Farm Project), and as a nominated member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England council. A lay preacher for over 45 years and with lifelong farming involvement, John has particular interest in Farmers’ Study Groups in practical resource management for sustainable livelihoods and food security – and has coordinated and started this for more than 35 years. He advocates widely for agriculture and integral rural rural management through speaking writing and broadcasting – and is the author of several books and numerous papers. He has regularly conducted evaluations and other assignments for commercial, NGO and government organizations over the past 35 years in the UK and abroad – in a total of over 35 countries and has visited 30 more.
He first came to Africa over 40 years ago and has worked in West, East and Southern Africa; he lived in Nigeria in the mid 1970s where he oversaw the school farms at Gindiri and the HSC field trials on dryland rice and on Sorghum. He is a member of the International Farm Management Association (IFMA) and of the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) as well as the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the Farmers’ Club London in the UK. He gives public lectures, including the British Council Diamond Jubilee Public Lecture in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2004 on “Globalization, Farmers and Food Security” and the annual TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture on ‘Farmers together for integral management and development’ at the Royal overseas League in London in 2010. A full CV and publication list is available.
Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca in 1983, MSc in Agricultural Economics from there Australian National University in 1978 and BSc in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi in 1976.
His interest is in the area of Agricultural Development Policy, focusing on issues of Rural Factor and Product Markets, Poverty Dynamics, Technology Generation and Adoption, Institutional Analysis and Project Planning and Management. He has over 60 publications to his credit and has supervised many PhD and MSc thesis.
He was the Program Director, Collaborative MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC): 2004 – 2011. He has been a consultant to Kenya’s Agriculture sector ministries, FAO, World Bank, CTA, UNCRD and several other National and International Organizations and Networks. He is the founding President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) (2004 – 2007) and was member at large in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Agricultural Economies (IAAE) (2003 – 2007).
He is particularly interested in facilitating collaboration on teaching, research and outreach with professional colleagues at best practice universities and development organizations for the benefit of the African Universities, Institutions and farmers.
Mr. James Shikwati is the Founder and Director of Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), a think tank that focuses on and develops ideas and strategies to enhance quality of life for people in Africa. He is also the founder and CEO of The African Executive, a leading online business opinion magazine that focuses on African issues. He runs a series of enterprise development platforms under the umbrella of IREN. He is the Country Director of Enactus Kenya, a program present in 33 Kenyan universities (Public and Private). A self-taught Kenyan economist interested in development economics in Africa as his main area of focus. He offers regular commentaries on national and international media outlets. He is driven by a firm belief that A Free Human Mind is the Ultimate Capital.
He is a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy. He seats on the Board of Trustees of the Aid by Trade Foundation based in Hamburg. He serves on a Pan Africa Select Committee that network African Think Tanks, Research Institutes and Scholars keen to evaluate Africa’s engagement with China and other emerging economies. Mr. Shikwati has authored several books and hundreds of commentaries on public policy, economic development, environment, trade, and agriculture. He co-edited a book with Prof. Jurgen Runge on “Geological Resources and Good Governance in Sub Saharan Africa” and edited a book on “China – Africa Partnership, The quest for a win-win relationship.” Mr. Shikwati received the Jack Shewmaker Leadership Award 2015 for his commitment to introduce African youth to entrepreneurial mindset from Enactus International and The Walter Scheel Prize 2015 for commitment to International Development Cooperation from Germany. He was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. He was named among 100 most influential Kenyans in 2007 by the Standard Group. He received his Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree in 1995 from the University of Nairobi.
Thomas L. (Tom) Thompson is Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. CALS Global builds partnerships, drives thought leadership, and creates opportunities for students and faculty to serve globally. Thompson earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in agronomy and soil science. He was department head at Virginia Tech (2011-16) and Texas Tech University (2006-11) and professor and extension specialist at the University of Arizona from 1991 to 2006. Thompson is also Professor of Agronomy and has published more than 60 refereed journal articles and garnered more than $7 million in extramural funding. His recent research and outreach have focused on adoption of conservation agriculture in smallholder farming systems in Haiti, Senegal, and Southeast Asia. He has mentored graduate students from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Under his leadership, the Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report) was awarded to Virginia Tech in 2019. The GAP Report tracks global trends in agricultural productivity, and is launched at the annual World Food Prize event in Des Moines, Iowa. Thompson has completed LEAD21 and the Food Systems Leadership Institute, two nationwide leadership development programs. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.
Associate Professor of Agricultural Sciences, Chair, Ethics Review Board (Pwani University), Member, National Bioethics Committee (Nacosti, Kenya); Biosecurity officer,
Over 8 years Experience in University Administration and over 18 Years Experience in University Teaching and Research, Principal Investigator: NRF Multidisciplinary Dairy-Coffee- Biogas Project; Trained Curriculum Review specialist, Counsellor and Mentor.