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Dr Ann Njoki Kingiri

Senior Research Fellow

African Centre for Technology Studies
Gigiri Court No:49, Off United Nations Crescent
P.O. Box 45917 - 00100

Ann Kingiri is a senior research fellow, science, technology & innovation (STI) at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), a knowledge think tank based in Nairobi Kenya. She is also a visiting researcher at the Development Policy and Practice (DPP) unit, Department of Engineering and Innovation, Open University, UK.

Ann holds a Bsc degree in Agriculture and Msc degree in Plant Pathology both from University of Nairobi, Kenya; A Master’s degree in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology from Mache Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy and a PhD degree from UK in Development Policy and Practice discipline focusing on new biosciences policy.

At ACTS, Ann is responsible for the leadership of research to support the Science and Technology policy oriented capacity building, policy outreach and advocacy. She has been providing results oriented research and scientific leadership across the different programmes and projects being implemented by the ACTS Centre as well as STI mentorship.

Before joining ACTS in 2011, she worked with the Ministry of Agriculture as an agricultural officer, with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) as a phytosanitary and biosafety/biosecurity expert. While at KEPHIS, she was extensively involved in development of biotechnology and biosafety regulatory policies in Kenya.

Ann’s technical expertise ranges across STI policy analysis and advocacy; environmental policy analysis; biotechnology regulation, climate change; agriculture and food security; inclusive and sustainable development; gender research and analysis; and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in understanding these research areas from a STI perspective in relation to inclusive and sustainable development. She is currently pursuing policy oriented research in agriculture and bionergy, including climate change and gender as cross cutting themes.

Ann has ample experience in networking and advocacy in a multicultural setting involving diverse development and policy actors in the public and private sector. Her previous involvement as a research fellow in the Research into Use (RIU) programme implemented in both Africa and Asia exposed her to the institutional and organisational orientation of agricultural entrepreneurship including the role of the private sector in stimulating innovation.

Associated publications

Kingiri Ann (2014) Comparative Strategic Behavior of Advocacy Coalitions and Policy Brokers: The Case of Kenya’s Biosafety Regulatory Policy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 16 :(4),373-395.

Kingiri Ann, Muok Benard, Kitaka Nzula (2013): Climate change innovations in east Africa: the case of agriculture, water and energy. EACIN/ACTS Policy Brief No. 1

Kingiri Ann, Muok Benard, Katima Jamidu (2013). An Overview of Climate Adaptive Grassroots Innovations in East Africa. EACIN/ACTS Working Brief No. 3

Kingiri N. Ann (2013). A Review of Innovation Systems Framework as a Tool for Gendering Agricultural Innovations: Exploring Gender Learning and System Empowerment, The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 19:5, 521-541

Chinigo Davide and Kingiri Ann (2013). Mainstreaming Gender in Bioenergy Projects: Lessons from PISCES. PISCES Policy Brief No 7 June 2013.

Kingiri A. N and Hall A. (2012). The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya. Review of Policy Research, Volume 29, Number 4, pgs. 492-522.

Kingiri A. N and Ayele S. (2012). Managing knowledge for development: lessons from Kenyan modern biotechnology regulatory process. Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG), 2 (1): 1-37.

Kingiri A. N. and Wakhungu J. (2011). Gender and agricultural innovation: revisiting the debate through an innovation system perspective. Policy Brief, ACTS Press.

Kingiri A. N. (2010). Evolution of Agricultural Biotechnology Innovation: Lessons from governance of Kenya’s biotechnology sector. Second Science with Africa Conference: Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 23-25 June 2010, Addis, Ethiopia.

Kingiri A. and Ayele S. (2009). Towards a smart biosafety regulation: the case of Kenya. Environ. Biosafety Res. 8: 133-139.

Book Chapters

Kingiri A. N (2012). Biotechnology Regulation as a Necessary Evil: Empirical Lessons from Kenya. In Kenya: Political, Social and Environmental Issues, Adoyo J. W. and Wangai C. I. (eds). ISBN: 978-1-62081-085-9.

Completed research