Board of Directors


J. P. Ochieng’-Odero (JPR) is an entomologist with keen interest in the place of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) in economic development, and the role of learning and knowledge sharing in capacity strengthening. He is currently employed as the Project Team Leader of the DFID/PwC East Africa Research Fund. Earlier he worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Head of the capacity strengthening programme of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) including serving as the Network Coordinator of the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS) a training programme implemented in partnership with 34 African universities.
In 2008 he was appointed Deputy Director & Head of Scientific Programmes of the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), which is a Kenyan-based health research grant making organization. He is a member of the African Scientific Advisory Board (ASAB) of The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) since March 2019 and serves as a member of the Regional Advisory Group of the DFID-funded Knowledge Systems Innovation Project. He was appointed (2015-Current) member of the Board of Trustees of the National Research Fund (NRF) whose role is to promote research for the advancement of science, technology and innovation in Kenya. He has been (2013-2017) a member of the board of the Commission of University Education (CUE) of Kenya. He has also served as a member of the Programme Monitoring Committee of the Regional Integration Research Network of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

He graduated with a BSc. (Zoology) in 1982 from the University of Poona, and was awarded the Indian National Merit Scholarship for Science. In 1984, he was awarded an Africa-Wide Postgraduate Research Fellowship that enabled him to undertake postgraduate research at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), New Zealand leading to his graduation with a PhD in Zoology (specializing in Entomology) from the University of Auckland in 1989.

At Eider Africa he brings expertise on research innovation, policy development and dissemination. He plays a critical role in building mutually rewarding collaborations by linking the organization with actors and institutions within the research ecosystem in Kenya and Africa. He advises on transformative capacity strengthening program within the organization. He also advises on monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
Senior Research Scientist