Officers & Committees

The African Society for Ecological Economics operates in accordance with a Constitution, and a set of Bylaws, adopted by its members. All officers are elected or appointed by the elected Board. The Board consists of the President, past-President, President-elect and nine additional board members, two of whom are ex officio – the Treasurer, and the Editor in Chief of the journal Ecological Economics. The Board meets in person or by telephone at least twice a year. An Executive Committee consisting of the Presidents and Treasurer meets as frequently as necessary to operate the Society.

Prof. Jane Kabubo-Mariara
She is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP). She has been a long-serving Professor of Economics and immediate former Director of the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi. She has also previously served as an acting Deputy Vice-chancellor for Research, Production and Extension at the same university. Professor Kabubo-Mariara is a member of the Central Bank of Kenya’s Monetary Policy Committee and has also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

She is a member of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Advisory Board and President of the African Association of Ecological Economists (ASEE). She has previously served as a director of the Environment for Development-Kenya; a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium; as a chair of the research committee of the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) and a resource person with African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). She has further served as an expert on scenarios and modeling for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

She has also served on the editorial board of several international and regional journals including Environment and Development Economics. Her key research interests include Poverty, Labour markets and Income distribution issues, with emphasis on multiple dimensions of child poverty and youth employment, the Impact and Adaptations of Climate Change on Agriculture; and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

She has published widely in her areas of specialization in renowned journals. She has previously consulted for the World Bank, IDRC, AERC, PEP, and CEEPA among other institutions. She has been a visiting fellow at the International Monetary Fund (Washington DC), The World Bank (Washington DC), Cornell University (U.S.A), and Laval University (Canada). She holds a B.A, M.A. and PhD in Economics from the University of Nairobi and has extensive knowledge and has extensive knowledge and experience of university administration and 30 years university teaching experience, including supervision of graduate and doctoral students.

Prof. John Mburu
He is the Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Ph.D and Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from   University of Goettingen, Germany, following a first degree in Bsc in Agriculture from University of Nairobi. He is an associate partner of Resource Mobilization and Policy Analysis Institute (REMPAI) consultancy firm in Kenya. He is the Regional Chairman of the Pan-African Consulting Consortium and Institute (PACCI). He is a member of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association for the Study of Commons, International Society for Ecological Economists and African Society of Ecological Economics (ASEE).

He is vastly experienced and has worked extensively, for over 15 years in areas of research, training, Participatory Impact Assessment, and Monitoring and Evaluation. He was the Key Subject Expert in assessing institutional barriers to National Adaptation Plan (NAP) implementation in Kenya’s Agricultural Sector (completed in February 2017, for FAO and UNDP Kenya). He served as a consultant on impact assessment of destocking on livestock markets in Marsabit County (Completed in Feb 2017, for Food for the Hungary Kenya). He was the lead consultant in the development of the TASAI index for the Kenya seed sector (completed in December 2016, for Connell University). He was part of the team involved in Stakeholder mapping of Nile Basin Stakeholders participating in Nile Discourse Forums in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo (completed in November 2015, for Nile Basin Discourse, Entebbe Uganda). He was the team leader in developing Household and Agribusiness baseline surveys covering all the 47 Counties in Kenya for the Agricultural Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya (completed in August 2015, for ASDSP).

He was instrumental in the analysis of the competitiveness and benchmarking of seed sector in Kenya (completed in February 2015, for Kenya Markets Trust). He was part of the team that was involved in the preparation of a 5-year strategic plan for the Coconut subsector in Kenya (completed in December 2014, for UNIDO Kenya). He was engaged by FAO Africa to prepare a strategic framework for capacity building of farmer organizations and cooperatives in support of agri-food systems development in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi (Completed in September 2014). He was the socio-economic consultant that conducted an analysis of competitiveness of Kenya’s Horticultural industry and benchmarked it with that of other horticultural exporting countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Peru, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, Morocco, and South Africa (Completed in Jan 2014, for FINTRAC, USAID). He has also contributed to publication of books and articles in many reputable journals.

Secretary General
Prof. Richard Mulwa
He is the Secretary General of the African Society of Ecological Economists (ASEE) He holds a PhD from the Justus-Liebig University (JLU), Giessen, Germany and is currently teaching at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) and School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He is also the current Centre Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Environment for Development-Kenya (EfD-K) based at the School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He is a member of the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modelling Consortium, African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EFAERE), and European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). Richard Mulwa has a wealth of experience in Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy, Environmental Valuation, Economic Modelling, and Climate Change. He has been involved in many research projects in these areas, published widely in international peer reviewed journals, and is a reviewer of several reputable journals.

Prof. Eric Mungatana
He is Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) at the University of Pretoria. He recently served as lead author for Chapter 6 for the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services of IPBES (Deliverable 2c). He has served as technical advisor for the Global Water Partnership, the United Nations Development Programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation capacity building programme in Asia, and the Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division for Environmental Policy Implementation, United Nations Environmental Program, Nairobi (Kenya). He is a C3 NRF rated scientist. His areas of interest are natural resources accounting, stated preference research in non-market valuation, impact evaluation of agricultural investments, water resources economics, applied agricultural production economics.

Prof. Rashid Hassan
He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Pretoria. He served as Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) till 2016. Previously worked at the CSIR in S. Africa, CIMMYT International in east Africa, and University of Juba, in Sudan. Served as member of many national and international Boards & Science Councils including: The UN Committee for Development Policy, The CGIAR Science Council – ISPC, GEF Science and Technical Advisory Panel-STAP IV, Science Panel and Co-Chair of the Condition and Trends Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Climate Change of the UN CFS, Academic Advisory Panel for the World Development Report (WDR 2009) on climate change, Stockholm Resilience Centre Board, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Science Advisory Council, Human Sciences Research Council of SA Board. Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum (ERF), which the entire Arab Region plus Turkey and Iran, Member of the Academy of Sciences of SA and Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Senior Fellow of ZEF at Bon University, Senior Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He received the Chancellor Medal and four times recipient of Academic Excellence Award for Research at University of Pretoria. Founding Chief Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and associate editor and member of editorial Boards of many international journals and has published over 160 articles and chapters and 14 books. Holds MSc and PhD degrees in economics from University of Khartoum in Sudan and Iowa State University, USA. Main research expertise covers the economics and policy of agriculture, natural resources and environmental management with current special interest in environmental accounting, climate change economics and sustainable management of natural ecosystems, particularly the economics and policy of governing the commons.

Prof. Claude Njomgang
He is Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Yaoundé II. He received his Doctorate from CERDI-University of Clermont-Ferrand, France. His recent publications include:

1. Some Theoretical and Policy Issues in Green Economy [in Elias T. Ayuk and Ngozi F. Unuigbe (Editors):New Frontiers in Natural Resources Management in Africa, pp 7-27. Springer Nature Switzerland, 2019].

2. Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and the Provision of Environmental Services in the Watershed : A Willingness to Accept Estimate of Upstream Users in Cameroon [In Isabelle Piot-Lepetit (Editor): Cameroon in the 21st Century. Prospects and Challenges. Volume 2 : Environment and People, Chapter 5. New York, Nova Science Publishers. Co-author].
His current research interest is on Green Economy.

Prof.Kevin Chika Urama
Holds a First Class Honors degree and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction, and a Ph.D. in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. A 2002-3 winner of the James Claydon Prize for the most outstanding PhD thesis in economics or related subjects while studying at St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, Prof. Urama was named the Technology Executive of the Year by the Africa Technology Awards in 2012, adding to many international prizes he has received for academic excellence and science policy leadership.

He is currently Senior Director of the African Development Institute (ADI), and formerly Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), as well as the inaugural Managing Director of the Quantum Global Research Lab. He was the Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and also the inaugural President of the African Society for Ecological Economics (ASEE), a Senior Consultant on Sustainable Development and Green Growth for the African Development Bank (AfDB), and a Consultant for the preparation of the Comprehensive Climate Change Strategy of the African Union Commission (AUC). An Extra-Ordinary Professor in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Professor Urama is also an Adjunct Professor at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University, Western Australia; a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS); and Visiting Professor at the University College London (UCL) until recently. He is also an Expert Partner to the Africa Progress Group (APG) chaired by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He serves on several international and intergovernmental scientific panels and advisory boards including the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the International Resource Panel (IRP), High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the OECD Green Growth and Poverty Reduction Task Team, and the UNESCO Governing Board of the International Research and Training Centre for Science and Technology Strategy (CISTRAT), Beijing, China, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Editorial (Advisory) Boards of many international journals, including Science and Public Policy, Ecological Economics; Responsible Innovation, and Environmental Policy and Governance, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, and has over 100 publications in various media. The Lead author for the African Manifesto for Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Urama seeks to foster self-rule and democratic governance of science and innovation policy in Africa.

Prof.Mokgadi Monamati
Holds a Master Of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. I am Principal Natural Resource Officer in the Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT), Department Of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Since July 1994, I have worked for the Government of Botswana to spearhead the process of incorporating environmental issues into Development Planning. Through a program of training Development Planners both at the local and central government on ways of incorporating environmental Economics concepts into the planning process. Through a regional USAID Program I became instrumental in constructing Natural Resource Accounts for Water, Minerals and livestock at a national level for Botswana. My field of interest are broad encompassing issues of Payment for Ecosystem Services, Natural Capital Accounting, Community Environmental Management Plans, Integrated Water Resources Management, Project Management and Environmental Impact Assessment. I have done practical work in Community Environmental Management Plans, Project Management and Natural Capital Accounting. I have been instrumental in co-founding the African Society for Ecological Economics (ASEE). I am very passionate about the development of Natural Capital Accounts (Wealth Accounting) and ensuring that the results do influence policy and decision making.