04 November 2019
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Hi, my name is Rose Mutiso
NEF Ambassador – Kenya
Dr. Rose M. Mutiso is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, which supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and promotes public engagement with research. She is also the Research Director of the Energy for Growth Hub, and the current Next Einstein Forum Ambassador representing Kenya. Rose has worked extensively as a researcher and practitioner focused on technology and policy dimensions of energy, environment and innovation issues globally. Most recently, her work has focused on power sector issues in Africa, particularly the links between renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy poverty.
She is a Materials Scientist by training with research experience in the fields of nanotechnology and polymer physics. Rose is passionate about harnessing science and technology to improve lives, and elevating women to positions of leadership and influence in African society. She earned her BA and BE in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Materials Science from Dartmouth College, and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Kenya
Kenya is the fifth-largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, and it is widely seen as the economic and creative heart of East Africa. It is home to some of Africa’s leading and longest-running scientific institutions, from the Kenya Agricultural Institute (KARI) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and Nature Kenya. Kenya’s rich paleontological history has also made it famous as the site where some of the oldest human remains on record have been discovered. More recently, Kenya has emerged as a leading hub for technological innovation in Africa with its a high rate of mobile penetration, its world-leading innovations in mobile money, its growing ecosystem of technology entrepreneurship, and its national commitment to forward-looking ICT policy.
Despite all of these achievements, science engagement remains vital in Kenya. As in other places on the continent, leaders in Kenya lack access to high quality scientific research on local issues, the percentage of national GDP spent on research and development is below the world average, there are not enough active researchers to meet the country’s development needs, and the scientific research Kenya produces does not have the reach and impact it deserves.