[Press Release] Appointment of New Staff at RUFORUM Secretariat

Kampala 12, January, 2023 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a consortium of 163 Universities in 40 Countries in Africa is aligning operations for delivery of the Vision 2030. RUFORUM has been recruiting new staff as one of the strategies recommended to achieve its Vision 2030 Strategy. We are pleased to present the following three new staff appointed at the RUFORUM Secretariat:

Dr. Patrick Okori, RUFORUM Executive Secretary

Dr. Patrick Okori joins RUFORUM from International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) where he was the Deputy Director of the Global Research Programme on Accelerated crop Improvement and Principal Scientist for Groundnut Breeding. He was the Country Representative for Mozambique and Malawi. Before joining ICRISAT, he served as an Associate Professor at Makerere University in Uganda, in the School of Agricultural Sciences where he was also the Dean. Patrick joins our management team with vast experience in agricultural research for development, training, strategy and management. p.okori@ruforum.org

Dr. Sokona Dagnoko, RUFORUM Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary

Dr. Sokona Dagnoko joins RUFORUM from Sasakawa Africa Association office in Mali where was the Country Director. She also serves RUFORUM as a Member of its Technical Committee. Sokona will strengthen the Secretariate’s research and partnership management leveraging on her vast expertise in research methods, crop improvement, agricultural extension and advisory services, programme management, monitoring and evaluation, gender and partnerships. s.dagnoko@ruforum.org

Ms. Amwony Jackline, RUFORUM Administrative Assistant

Ms. Amwony Jackline joins RUFORUM from Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda where she was a Research Assistant. She also served as a Field Assistant, Peace Building, Education and Advocacy Project with Africa Development Corps, Credit Controller with Uganda Telecom Limited, Peace building and Adult Education Coordinator with Jesuit Refugee Service. Jackline brings to the Secretariate professional experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, research, education, advocacy, information management, office administration & management. secretariat@ruforum.org

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