Academic Committee

The Academic Committee serves to guarantee the highest academic standards of the conference and selects the presenters, panel participants, moderators, and conference awards. This year, the Academic Committee consists of nine members. Please see their linkedin-profiles for further biography information. For academic enquires please per email:

Prof. X N Iraki

Prof. X N Iraki is an associate professor at the University  of Nairobi Faculty of Business & Management Sciences.. He previously taught at Kentucky State University In USA  and Strathmore Business School.  

In addition he is a columnist with Kenya’s oldest newspaper, The Standard.  His teaching and research interests include research methods , business economics, innovations &  technology management, and Sinology.  

He also previously worked as a researcher with the government of Kenya's think tank, the national economic and social council( NESC).

He holds a PhD( Jackson, USA), MBA (University of Nairobi), MEd & BEd( Kenyatta University ) and a certificate in global journalism from the University of Toronto, Canada. Beyond academia, Iraki is an ardent golfer, a mountain climber, and a space science enthusiast. He is also much sought after certified dowry negotiator in East Africa. 

Prof. X. N. Iraki (Chair) linkedin

Dr. John Otieno Oredo

Dr. John Otieno Oredo Lectures in the Departments of Information Science and Management Science at the University of Nairobi (UoN) and was previously a Research Associate at Kenya Education Network (KENET). He holds a PhD in Business Administration (Strategic Information Systems, UoN), MSc. IT (Strathmore); and B.Ed (Moi). John is trained in scientific communication and publishing (UON); E-Learning Course Design (ETSU, PASGR), Faculty Support in Online Course Development (EDUCAUSE) and Pedagogical Leadership (PASGR). He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Big Data Engineer (IBM Certified) and Artificial Intelligence Analyst (IBM Certified). He is trained in Supply Chain Resilience (Kuhne Logistics University-Germany). 

John has published and reviewed for refereed journals in Information Systems (IS) and serves as a Senior Editor for the Information Technology & People. John is an active member of: ISACA, INFORMS, PMI, and AIS (President, East African Chapter). John is skilled in Project Management (certified), Data Analytics, Data Protection, Research Methods and Digital Systems. 

Dr. John Oredo linkedin

Dr. Tumsifu Elly

University of Dar Es salaam
Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D (Business Administration), 2011, University of Dar es Salaam

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Dr. Tumsifu Elly is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has gained extensive knowledge and experience in business research, consultancy and teaching over more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in management information systems, entrepreneurship, social protection, agribusiness and humanitarian logistics.

In particular, Dr Elly has consulted  and researched on(abridged version):

  • Logistics Capacity assessment (LCA)- WFP-Tanzania 2021
  • Review of Global Experiences and Lessons on Productive Inclusion Approaches-World bank 2020
  • Livelihoods enhancement analytical work for productive social safety net (PSSN) in Tanzania-World Bank 2015
  • Performance Review Of Savings Groups Under Productive Social Safety Net Program- TASAF-2019
  • Impact Assessment of TASAF II Information and Communication (IEC),
  • Preparation of the five-year strategic action plan 2020/2021-2024/2025 for the University of Dar es Salaam Business School.
  • Preparation of the Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board (AQRB) communication strategies.
  • Preparation of the Weights and Measures Agency' (WMA) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategic Plan 2015-2019,
  • Agricultural information needs assessment in Tanzania. 2012/2012- Research - Danida/UDBS.
  • Information gathering, analysis, multi-stakeholder consensus building and planning to develop a "green growth" programme and investment framework for the SAGCOT region (EcoAgriculture Partners- USA)/ Environmental Resources Management Centre for Sustainable Development (ERMCSD KENYA), February 2012- May 2012.
  • Agricultural information needs and sources of farmers in Tanzania.
  • Market assessment and Company mapping for Wekeza's youth employment strategy as a basis for job placement and apprenticeship (International Rescue Committee)
  • How small businesses finance and keep their ventures afloat in Tanzania.

Key Positions Held

  • 2014 - to date: Senior Lecturer, Department of General Management, University of Dar es Salaam
  • 2017- 2019: Coordinator Management Consultancy Bureau, University of Dar es Salaam Business School
  • 2014 - 2016: Manager_ Career Counselling Centre, University of Dar es Salaam Business School
  • June 2022 - to date: Coordinator Africa Centre Of Excellence on Sustainable Operations For Resource Management And Food Supply
  • 2015 - 2020: Co-PI Sida/UDSM Engedering Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program

Dr. Tumsifu Elli linkedin 

Prof. Esther Ishengoma

Esther Ishengoma is the Associate Professor in finance and enterprise development at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Throughout her career, Esther has executed various research and outreach projects in enterprise development, microfinance and energy, and contributed to the enhancement of knowledge in these research areas, development of postgraduate programs.

She has established collaborations with reputable universities and research institutions in Europe (e.g. University of Stavanger, Hanze University of Applied Science, University of Gothenburg, Technical University of Berlin, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies) and attracted funds from development and private sector (e.g. Sida, Volswagen Foundation, Avexander von Humboldt, Equinor Tanzania AS, REPOA, etc) for funding research and more than 40 postgraduate students, exchange program and summer schools. From 2007 to 2021, Esther headed several offices at the University of Dar es Salaam.

She was the Associate Dean responsible for coordination of research and publication; coordinator of University World Bank Projects; and Head of the Department of Finance. From 2005, Esther has been an adjunct senior research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Esther has served in several advisory committees of important public institutions (e.g. College of Business Education, Deposit and Insurance Board, and committee under the Bank of Tanzania), where she has offered advisory services in several areas.

Esther holds Executive Leadership Education Certificates from Harvard Business School in the USA and Insead Business School in France; PhD in Business Economics from the University of Leipzig in Germany; MBA from the University of Twente in the Netherlands; and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. She is also a certified M&E specialist.

Prof. Esther Ishengoma linkedin

Dr. Oscar Kipchirchir Koech

Dr. Koech Oscar Kipchirchir is a Kenyan national. He holds a Ph.D in Drylands Resource Management, MSc degree in Range Management and BSc degree in Range Management all from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology since 2012.

He has also worked as researcher in various projects addressing climate change and adaptation in rangelands of Kenya. He has also worked as a consultant for various tasks on environmental conservation, rangeland management and food security and pastoral livelihoods in the horn of Africa. His field of specialization is dry land resource management, with much interest in invasive species management in drylands.

His interests are in ecological and economic effects of invasive species in pastoral livestock production and climate change adaptation of production systems mainly focusing on reducing methane emissions (CH4) drylands. He has also done work on exploitation of native rangeland grasses as livestock feed resources in the drylands for sustainability. He has published a number of scientific papers in peer reviewed journals especially on Irrigated pastures, livestock feed resources, and environment.

He can be contacted at:

P.O Box 293053-00625, Nairobi, Kenya, cell +254 725 513 044,
Email: or

Dr. Oscar Kipchirchir Koech linkedin