Speaker

PROF. GEOFFREY M. MULUVI

Vice Chancellor, South Eastern Kenya University

Prof Geoffrey Muluvi is the current Vice Chancellor (VC), South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and the Chairman of Vice Chancellors committee of Public Universities, Kenya. Prof Muluvi holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Plant Molecular Genetics), from the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), degree from Maastricht University/Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI).

He is currently a Board member of Keya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service. Prof Muluvi is a member of the Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) committee for Staff and Students Mobility and is also a member of the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTCO) Governing Board.

Prof Muluvi has held various top management positions such as Principal, South Eastern University College (SEUCO), a Constituent College of the University of Nairobi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University among other positions. Prof Muluvi has supervised many postgraduate students and published widely in refereed journals and has attended many short courses in many countries spread across the globe.

Speaker

Dr. Janie Dubois

Director of the International Food Safety Training Lab

Dr. Janie Dubois is the Director of the International Food Safety Training Laboratory, a virtual training network for food safety laboratory analysts, and Owner of Contract Analytical Services LLC. Dr. Dubois specializes in the area of international education in capacity for food safety and risk-based domestic and international regulations.

She started her career at the National Research Council Canada, where she was a Research Officer working on diagnostic imaging techniques for infectious diseases, with a focus on foodborne prion diseases such as mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. She then held a position of Research Associate posted at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition before moving to the private sector in 2004 and held various positions in the analytical imaging business at Spectral Dimensions and Malvern Instruments. She joined the University of Maryland in 2011, where she led the laboratory capacity building program for food safety until 2018.

Dr. Dubois received her Bachelor's degree in Food Science and Technology from Université Laval in Quebec City (Qc, Canada) and Masters and PhD in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry from McGill University (Montreal, Qc, Canada).

Speaker

PROF. ADIPALA EKWAMU

Executive Secretary, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture

Professor Adipala is the Executive Secretary, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Among his many career achievements, Prof. Adipala has overseen the growth of RUFORUM, an Africa owned and driven network grow from 10 member universities in five African countries in 2004, to 114 universities in 38 countries across Africa at present.

He has also mobilized over US$ 600 million dollars to support research and innovation, scholarships and higher education reform in Africa, enabled training of 2, 525 graduates in Africa (master’s and PhD), and published over 200 research and policy publications.

Speaker

DR. JOHN WAWERU

Food safety and agribusiness consultant

Dr. John is experienced Food safety and agribusiness consultant with a demonstrated history of consultancy in Food safety management systems implementation in Hospitality, Food service, Food processing and beverage processing sectors in Africa, as well as Agrochemical and public health Pesticides registration in East Africa.

Speaker

Agnes Kilonzo Nthenge

Associate Professor at Tennessee State University (TSU).

She earned her Ph.D. degree in Food Science (Food Microbiology) from Auburn University in 2003. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge has established a Food Safety and Microbiology (FSM) Laboratory based research program at TSU. The FSM program has the mission to advance the control of foodborne pathogens in the food systems and to train students on the principles of food safety. Over 22 graduate students and 43 undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture at TSU have been trained on principles of Food Safety and Microbiology under the FSM program.
She teaches face-to-face and online teaching in Food Microbiology, Food Plant Sanitation, and Senior Project. Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge research interests are focused on the detection of antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria in retail fresh produce and muscle meat in retail stores and agro-ecosystems, through the use of molecular and traditional approaches.
She is pursuing interventions to minimize the transfer of pathogenic bacteria from farms to consumers, especially those with potential to acquire resistance to commonly antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.

She has established her reputation in food safety and security through her continuous demonstration of outstanding accomplishments in scholarly research. She has published research findings in top journals such as Poultry Science and Journal of Food Protection in a very productive and consistent manner, and establishing herself as a competent scholar with a national and international reputation.
She has also been very successful, as the principal investigator/co-investigator, in securing over $6.9 M (690 million Kenya shillings) from highly competitive federal programs. She is active in her scientific communities as a peer reviewer and an active member in national scientific associations.

She also provides valuable services to various college and university committees, and the community and professional associations as well. She has served on numerous important college committees for faculty recruitment. As to her professional services, Dr. Kilonzo-Nthenge serves as a reviewer for seven national and international journals. She also sits on several grant review panels including USDA and NIFA. Moreover, her creative endeavors are contributing significantly to the field of food microbiology. She is viewed as a solid peer within her disciplinary research community.

Speaker

DR. DELIA GRACE

Epidemiologist and Veterinarian

Dr. Delia Grace is an epidemiologist and veterinarian with more than 20 years’ experience in developing countries. She graduated from several leading universities and currently is a professor at the university of Greenwich and supports research on food safety at the International Livestock Research Institute based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked for 20 years. Her research interests include food safety, emerging diseases, gender studies, and animal welfare. Her career has spanned the private sector, field-level community development and aid management, as well as research. S.he has lived and worked in Asia, west and east Africa and authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as training courses, briefs, films, articles, chapters and blog posts. In 2017, she was in the top five of women scientists in Kenya, in terms of citations.

Her research program focuses on the design and promotion of risk-based approaches to food safety in livestock products in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is also a key player on ILRI’s Ecohealth/ One health approach to the control of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases and agriculture-associated antimicrobial resistance.

She has worked with the World Animal Health Organization, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank and other international, regional and national organizations.

She has published in high impact factor journals such as the Lancet and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. She co-authored the first and so far, only book on food safety in informal markets

Speaker

PROF. MUTUKU JOHN MUTINGA

Vice Chancellor, Eden University, Zambia

Professor Mutinga is Vice Chancellor of Eden University Lusaka in Zambia He has been listed as a noteworthy university president, parasitologist, and entomologist by Marquis Who's Who. He adds to his credentials over one hundred peer-reviewed researched scientific articles in international journals on epidemiology, Vector-borne Diseases and vector management and control.

Named Research Fellow in Malariology: Harry S Truman Research Center, Walter Reed Army Research Centre Kansas City Missouri Medical Centre, USA. He is also a Fellow African Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, Kenya National Academy. He has served as Chairman of Water Resources Management Authority, for Kenya Government.

Speaker

BRENDAH SIKOLO OBURA

Head of the Division of Food Safety at the MOH

Ms. Brendah is the head of the Division of Food Safety at the MOH. She is a Public Health Specialist and holds a BSC. Degree in Environmental Health Sciences and MSC. in Health Management from Kenyatta University. She has an experience of over 15years in matters food safety.

She is a Lead Instructor in Food Safety and coordinates multi-sectoral collaboration with other agencies and ministries dealing with food safety, resource mobilization, provides policy direction on food safety in the country, county capacity building, and surveillance of food products. She has provided technical assistance in the development of various Food Safety Standards and Guidelines.

She is the INFOSAN Focal person for the MOH and represents the country in different international fora. She has a great passion in empowering the public on Food Safety.

Speaker

DR. ALICE MWEETA

Deputy Executive Secretary for Program Development and Implementation, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture Secretariat

Dr. Alice Mutiti Mweetwa is the current Deputy Executive Secretary for Program Development and Implementation at the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat in Kampala, Uganda. She is the immediate past Deputy Director for Research and Post Graduate Studies of the University of Zambia (UNZA), a position she held 2017-2019 and a past Deputy Dean for Post Graduate Programs of the School of Agricultural Sciences (2013-2017).

Dr Mweetwa is currently involved with several funded projects in collaboration with other institutions and has participated in mobilizing through competitive grants and other funding from the USAID, World Bank, European Union Commission, African Union Commission, USDA and other sources.

Some of her current work involves food safety issues related to investigating aflatoxin awareness creation and mitigation strategies in Eastern and Southern African along maize and groundnut value chains

Speaker

Mr. DEAN TASHOBYA

Senior Scientist, Uganda

Mr. Tashobya works with Uganda National Bureau of Standards, and has 13+years of experience in food product development, food safety, standards development and analytical chemistry techniques. Dean has participated in different research collaborations on Mycotoxin Detection Options.

He is a Vice Chair of the East Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) Technical Working Group for reviewing food fortification laboratory guidelines.

He is also the Uganda coordinator for the East African Community Proficiency Testing Scheme (EAC PT). Dean represents Uganda as an Expert delegate on different International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and East African Community food sector Technical committees on standards development.

Speaker

DR. JAMES THEURI

Food Systems & Small Farms educator

Dr. Theuri is a Local Food Systems & Small Farms educator at the University of Illinois Extension Department since 2005. His expertise is in integrated pest management (IPM). James’s programs target small-scale farms, which are slowly but surely coming back as local food movements continue to grow.

Towards this goal, he organizes/facilitates programs in food safety (good agricultural practices); horticulture; raising livestock (sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry); forage (pasture) management and production; basic soil science (enhancing soil health by encouraging proliferation of macro- and micro-organisms in the soil); conventional and organic specialty crop (fruit and vegetable) production.

Speaker

DR. FLORENCE MAYEGA NAKAYIWA

Deputy Executive Secretary: Planning, Resource Mobilization and Management, RUFORUM

Dr. Florence is the Deputy Executive Secretary: Planning, Resource Mobilization and Management, at the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); a network of 129 universities in 38 Countries in Africa with the Secretariat hosted by Makerere University in Kampala- Uganda. She has been in the institutional development field as Program Coordinator of Several Development Partner Programs at Makerere University.

These among others include the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University and the African Development Bank- Higher Education Science and Technology program.

She is an associate Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Trust based in South Africa which championed the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network based on eight flagship universities in Africa

Speaker

Mrs. Susan Sekgweng

Managing Director and Lead Consultant at Plethora Consultants (PTY) Ltd, Botswana

Mrs. Susan Njeri is the Managing Director and Lead Consultant at Plethora Consultants (PTY) Ltd, based in Botswana. She has over 13 years’ experience, working with the various international business management systems and standards.

She holds a BSc. (Hons) and MSc. (Hons) in Food Science and Technology from Cardiff University, UK and has since specialized in fields such as but not limited to Quality Management, Food microbiology, Food safety, Food product design and commercialization.

She is also a trained Lead Auditor (IRCA) for ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 and is an accredited Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) Trainer and assessor.

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THE

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

(The stated time is in East African time equivalent to GMT +3)

DAY 1: Monday August 02, 2021

Session 1

2 :30 - 3:00 P.M Registration - SEKU (IT)

Opening Conference

3:00 - 3:05 P.M Welcome and Introduction

  • Samuel Nahashon (Tennessee State University, USA)
  • Reuben Muasya (SEKU) Kenya)

Session Moderator

  • Prof Zipporah Ng’ang’a
    Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Research and Student Affairs - SEKU

Welcome remarks

  • Dr Josphat Gichure (SEKU, Kenya)
    Chair, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics - SEKU

3:05- 3:15 P.M

Opening Remarks

  • Geoffrey M. Muluvi
    Vice Chancellor,
    South Eatern Kenya University,Kenya

3:15 - 3:45 P.M

Keynote speaker

  • John Waweru
    Graceland Associates, Kenya

3:45 - 4:15 P.M
Food Safety and Public Health

  • Brenda Obura
    Public Health Specialist; Division of Food Safety Ministry of Health Kenya

4:15 - 4:45 P.M
 A collaborative effort to increase participation in the establishment of pesticide MRL that support farmers, public health and trade.

  • Janie Dubois
    Director of the International Food Safety Training Laboratory, USA

4:45 - 5:15 P.M
Management of Aflatoxins in Africa

  • Tashobya Dean
    Senior Scientist, Uganda

5:15 - 5:45 P.M
Research Capacity Building and Funding

  • Alice Mweetwa
    Deputy Executive Secretary for Program Development and Implementation at the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Uganda.

6:15 - 6:20 P.M

Panel Discussion

  • John Waweru, Ms. Brenda, Obura, Dr. Janie Dubois, Mr. Tashobya Dean, Dr. Alice Mweeta (FORUM Uganda)

5:45- 6:15 P.M 

BREAK AND TRANSITION – For All


SESSION: 2

6:20- 7:00 P.M

Breakaway Room # 1

Building Collaboration and Securing Grants

  • Drs. Alice Mweeta, Florence Mayega and Adipala Ekwamu (RUFORUM, Uganda),

Moderator:

  • Samuel Nahashon

Breakaway Room # 2

Food Safety and Hotel Management

  • John Waweru and Esther, Muthee (Kenya, Rwanda)

Moderator:

  • Alice Theuri

Breakaway Room # 3

Students’ Research Presentation

  • Christopher Anuo, Drs. Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge, Rose Ogutu, Josphat Gichure, Andrew Kibiru

Moderator:

  • Catherine Mwenda

DAY 2: Tuesday - August 03, 2021

SESSION: 3

  • 2 :30 - 3:00 p.m:
  • Registration, SEKU ICT

  • 3:00- 3:05 p.m:
  • Welcome and Introduction

    Dr. Samuel Nahashon (Tennessee State University, USA) Prof. Reuben Muasya (South Eastern Kenya University, Kenya)

    Session moderator

    Prof. Francis Wachira, Deputy Vice Chancellor AHRM, (SEKU, Kenya)

  • 3:05- 3:15 p.m:
  • Remarks

    Prof. Mutuku J. Mutinga, VC Eden University (Lusaka; Zambia)

  • 3:15 - 3:45 p.m:
  • Keynote speaker
    The Impact of changes to food safety management systems in the food sector from ‘farm ‘to ‘fork’

    Susan Sekgweng Plethora Consulting Managing Director, (Botswana)

  • 3:45 - 4:15 p.m:
  • Foodborne pathogens in food-producing animals and livestock products in Africa; and significant threat to human health (economic cost)

    Dr. Delia Grace Randolph (Food Safety Systems, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, UK Contributing scientist, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya)

  • 4:15 - 4:45 p.m:
  • Fresh Produce production and foodborne pathogens

    Dr. James Theuri (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

  • 4:45 - 5:15 p.m:
  • Re-shape consumers’ food handling practices during COVID-19 pademic

    Dr. Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge (Tennessee State University, USA)

  • 5:15 - 5:45 p.m:
  • Food Safety and food Service

    Dr. John Waweru (Graceland Associates, Kenya)

  • 5:45- 6:15 p.m:
  • Panel Discussion

    Mrs.Susan Sekgweng, Dr. Delia Grace Randolph, Dr. John Waweru, Ms Esther Muthee

  • 6:15 - 6:20 p.m:
  • BREAK AND TRANSITION


    SESSION: 4

  • 6:20- 7:00 p.m:
  • Breakaway Room # 1 Building Collaboration and Securing Grants

    Drs. Adipala Ekwamu, Alice Mweeta, and Florence Mayega (RUFORUM, Uganda),

    Breakaway Room # 2 Food Safety, and Hotel Management

    Dr. John Waweru and Esther Muthee (Kenya, Rwanda)

    Breakaway Room # 3 Students’ Research Presentation

    Mr. Christopher Anuo, Dr. Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge, Rose Ogutu, Josphat Gichure, Andrew Kibiru


    SESSION: 5

  • 7:00 -7:30 p:
  • Award presentation to students

    Mr. Tashobya Dean

    Conference reflections

    Open to all participants

    Short survey

    For all participants

    Way forward

    Dr. Samuel Nahashon

    Vote of thanks

    Prof. Reuben Muasya

    Speakers

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    Prof. Geoffrey M. Muluvi

    VC, SEKU, Kenya

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    CONFERENCE

    Call for Abstracts

    Deadline 2nd June 2021

      Authors are encouraged to submit original and unpublished results of conceptual, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Food Safety and Health. We invite submissions that focus on any pertinent topic relevant to Food Safety and Health.

      These include, but are not limited to

    • Mycotoxins in grain and grain products in Africa
    • Foodborne pathogens in food-producing animals and livestock products
    • Agricultural pesticides in Africa and public health
    • Foodborne pathogens and human health
    • Contamination of fresh produce and irrigation water
    • Food safety and food establishments
    • Food safety regulations - law and food/health policy of the entire food chain
    • Food processing and technology
    • Consumer food safety awareness


    Abstracts are limited to 350 words

    Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Objective
  • problem under investigation
  • Methods
  • Results
  • A statement of how the research advances food safety
  • Information in the abstract must not have been previously published in a copyrighted journal

    Abstarct submissions


    All abstracts to be submitted to foodsafetyconference2021@seku.ac.ke

    STUDENTS AWARDS

    Students presentations will be ranked and awarded as follows:

  • First position: KES 10,000
  • Second position: KES: 5,000
  • Third position: KES 2,500

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    ABOUT

    The conference

    Core objective

    Raise Food Safety awareness, call for action, and team building to fill Africa’s gaps in the food supply chains

    Topics

    • Aflatoxins in human food and animal feed
    • Management of aflatoxins in Africa
    • Consumers’ food handling practices during COVID-19 pandemic
    • Establishment of pesticide MRL that support farmers, public health and trade
    • Foodborne pathogens in food-producing animals and livestock products in Africa
    • Foodborne pathogens in vegetables, fruits, and irrigation water
    • Food safety and food service
    • Capacity building, collaboration, and securing grants



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    Conference Speakers

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    Prof. Geoffrey Muluvi

    Vice Chancellor, SEKU

    Prof. Adipala Ekwamu

    Exe. Sec. RUFORUM Africa

    Dr. Janie Dubois

    Director IFSTL, USA

    Tashobya Dean

    Senior Scientist, Uganda

    Dr. Alice Mweetwa

    Dpty Exe. Sec, FORUM, Africa

    Susan Thara-Sekgweng

    Managing Director Plethora Consulting

    Agnes Kilonzo Nthenge

    Associate Professor at Tennessee State University (TSU).

    Dr. Delia Grace

    ILRI, Kenya

    Prof. Mutuku Mutinga

    VC, Eden University, Zambia

    Brenda Obura

    MOH, Kenya

    Dr. Florence Nakayiwa

    Dpty Exe. Sec, FORUM, Africa

    Dr. John Waweru

    Graceland, Kenya

    Dr. James Theuri

    University of Illnois

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