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AWARD Communications Department Welcomes Two!

From Left: Dorine Odongo, AWARD's Communications Manager and Lauren Chang, AWARD's Communications Associate

I am pleased to announce that there have been two recent additions to the AWARD team: Dorine Odongo and Lauren Chang.  Both of our new members will be joining our Communications department.  Dorine is heading the department as our new Communications Manager, while Lauren is learning the ropes as a Communications Associate. 

Dorine has worked both as a research officer and a research communications specialist in agricultural research and development. She holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Information and Communication Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.

Dorine joins us from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) where she served as the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist for two research programs: Livelihoods, Gender and Impact; and Sustainable Livestock Systems. She was responsible for producing and implementing communication and stakeholder engagement strategies for different projects across different countries. As part of her role, Dorine led the program-level external and internal communications and media relations, supported learning and exchange, developed specialist strategic partnerships and helped to guide and channel knowledge generated through the program for widest application and use.

Passionate about research uptake, Dorine serves as a board member of the Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (KENDAT), where she is responsible for advisory in ‘Applied Research and Livelihood Support Training’.

We are excited to have Dorine join us as we move into our new 2017-2022 strategy. She will work with the rest of the team to raise AWARD’s global and regional profile. She will lead in producing and implementing our strategies for advocacy and engagement to demonstrate why gender responsiveness in agricultural research and development matters.

Recently graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, Lauren joins AWARD through Princeton in Africa, a year-long fellowship for recent college graduates designed to develop young leaders committed to Africa and its advancement.  She is the second Princeton in Africa Fellow hosted by AWARD.  Lauren holds a B.A. in Biology and a Certificate in Writing.  She is passionate about conservation, STEM education, and gender equality. 

During her undergraduate career, Lauren worked as a lab assistant in an entomology laboratory, completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU), and interned with U.S. federal congresswoman Doris O. Matsui.  Lauren will assist the AWARD Communications department in capturing and sharing the growth and progress of AWARD, supporting our past and present fellows, and cultivating the AWARD voice.

Please join me and the rest of the AWARD staff in congratulating and welcoming Dorine and Lauren to the AWARD family!