Organizational Committee

The Executive & Organizational Committee ensures a smooth conference and processes all communication, travel, and venue-related questions, topics, and issues. For organizational enquires please contact the committee by email under:

Prof. John Mburu

Prof. John Mburu is an Agricultural Economist and an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Ph.D and Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Goettingen, Germany, following a first degree in Bsc in Agriculture from University of Nairobi.

Over the last 25 years, Prof Mburu has gained useful expertise in applying the concepts of cost-benefit analysis, New Institutional Economics (NIE) and Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) in applied research on trade, agriculture and management of natural resources.

He has published widely on agriculture and environment, including economics of utilization and management of forests, wildlife and agro-biodiversity in developing countries. He is an associate partner of Resource Mobilization and Policy Analysis Institute (REMPAI) consultancy firm in Kenya.

He is a member of the Africa Society for Ecological Economics, African Association of Agricultural Economists and the International Association for the Study of Commons. He can be reached at john.mburu (at) 

Prof. John Irungu Mburu linkedin

Dr. Gladness Ladislaus Salema

B. Sc. Food Science and Technology, Sokoine University; Master in Business Administration (MBA), University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania; Doctorate in Logistics, Molde University College Norway, Master in Public Health University of Dar es Salaam, Postgraduate Diploma in Global health procurement and supply chain management, Empower School of Health & Kent University.

Gladness Ladislaus Salema is a senior lecturer in supply chain management at the University of Dar es Salaam Business School at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a public health logistician with specific interest in health supply chain management. Gladness has worked for the school for more than ten years in the department of general management. She has also been teaching in other universities in the country.

Gladness has held various administrative positions at the university of Dar es Salaam which includes research coordination. Her professional experience is banked on teaching, research and consultancy in the field of governance and management, and particularly health commodities supply chain management. Her current outputs include research papers published in national and international journals including the International Journal of Procurement Management, as well as in conference proceedings.

Dr. Salema has also consulted with several organizations including Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), FSDT, UNDP, UNFPA, TAPBDS, LOGIMAC, Public organizations including Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of health, Empower Swiss under Global Fund support, University of Dar es salaam and Research institutions like REPOA. 

Dr. Gladness Salema linkedin

Beatrice Millu

Country Coordinator,
Kuehne Foundation Tanzania,
University of Dar es salaam Business School,
P.O Box 35019,
Dar es salaam 

Tel: +255756913120

Beatrice holds a Master of Science in International Transport and Logistics (MsITL). She has proven experience in Commercial and humanitarian supply chain, Environmental Management and Project Management.

Her experience, since 2011 she was Logistics operation officer at Tanzania Maritime Agency (IMA) before joining ORYX Energies, in 2012 as a Supply Coordinator. In 2013 she was Local Project Manager HELP Logistics-Kuehne Foundation Tanzania until Feb 2016 where she joined RURU Logistics Company as Business development Manager.

She had a chance to work with Tanzania RED CROSS in Disasters Management Department in 2018, and United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) as a consultant for 2 years from 2018-2020. Currently she is a Country Coordinator, Kuehne Foundation Tanzania.

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Administration & Logistics Committee

  • Prof. John Irungu Mburu (Chair) linkedin
  • Dr. Gladness Salema linkedin
  • Ms. Beatrice Millu linkedin
  • Ms. Hilda Murungi Gatwiri
  • Ms. Mercy Nyambura Mburu linkedin