Professor Sheila Okoth
Science Cornerstone Consultant
Sheila joins AWARD from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nairobi, where she serves as Associate Professor. She holds a Bachelor of Education Science from Kenyatta University, an MSc in Botany (Mycology), and a PhD in Botany (Mycology) from the University of Nairobi. She obtained specialized laboratory training in plant biotechnology and biosafety, mycotoxin analysis, and molecular techniques at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, the University of Hertfordshire, U.K., the Institute of Sciences of Food Production in Italy, and the International Agricultural Centre in the Netherlands. Sheila has also offered national and international consultancies in the areas of biosafety, soil-fertility management, capacity building, and national education system review. A former AWARD Fellow, she now serves as an AWARD Mentor, sharing the experience and skills she gained through the program with a junior scientist. At AWARD, she supports the Science Coordinator with implementation of various science programs, including advanced science training placements, science skills courses, conferences, and professional associations.