Monrovia 26 April 2019 At the RUFORUM 17th Board Executive Meeting held in Monrovia, Liberia from 24th to 25th April 2019, Dr. Alice Mweetwa was appointed and confirmed as the Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Programme Development and Implementation. She will officially commence work on 01 July 2019 and will be based at the RUFORUM Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Uganda. Dr. Mweetwa now joins Dr. Florence Nakayiwa who is the second Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Planning Resources Mobilisation and Management.
Dr. Alice Mutiti Mweetwa who joins RUFORUM from University of Zambia works as the Deputy Director for Research and Post Graduate Studies of the University of Zambia (UNZA), a position she held since 2017 and was the immediate past Deputy Dean for Post Graduate Programmes of the School of Agricultural Sciences. She served on several University boards and committees for quality assurance, policy formulation, income generation, Senate, journals publication, among others. Dr Mweetwa is a Senior Lecturer of soil microbiology and general soil fertility in the Department of Soil Science. She has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences (Crop Science Major) from UNZA, a master’s degree in Agronomy also from UNZA, a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Miami of Ohio, and a Doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Since joining the University of Zambia in 2010, she has mentored a total of 38 undergraduate and post graduate students with whom she has published in several international peer-reviewed journals. She is an awardee of the 2017 Young African Researcher, 2016 National Science and Technology Merit Award and the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program 2012. Dr Mweetwa is currently involved with several funded projects.
As part of aligning operations for delivery of the Vision 2030. Since 2018, RUFORUM has been recruiting new staff as one of the strategies recommended to achieve its Vision 2030 Strategy.
Dr. Mweetwa joins staff at the Secretariat from diverse countries of Ghana, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Uganda.
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