GREAT Community of Practice Advisory Board

The GREAT CoP advisory board is comprised of outstanding Fellows from our first course cohort who can provide continuous feedback and communication between all of the GREAT cohorts and the project team. Our members serve a one-year term and attend our annual meetings. They advise us on professional development opportunities, solicit formal and informal feedback from the community, and provide other listening opportunities for GREAT. Our current CoP Advisory Board board members are:

Losira Nasirumbi-Sanya– Uganda

A social and development research professional with over 10 years of extensive strategic, adaptive and applied research experience. Losira holds an MS in Agricultural Economics and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University, Uganda, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Rural Innovation.

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Lillian Nkengla - Cameroon

A gender specialist at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cameroon. Lilian coordinates project activities related to social and gender aspects in West and Central Africa for Banana Bunchy Top Disease. Lilian participates in the development of gender protocols and gender responsive management for data collection and qualitative research. Lilian studied Women and Gender Studies as an undergraduate and holds a PhD in Gender and Natural Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany.

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Williams Esuma - Uganda

A cassava breeder at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). Williams holds an MSc degree in Crop Science (Plant Breeding) from Makerere University and a PhD (Plant Breeding and Genetics) from University of the Free State, South Africa, where his research focused on genetics of provitamin A carotenoids in cassava. Currently, he works as a Research Scientist, with a focus on application of genomic selection tools for development of novel cassava varieties with improved nutritional value and virus resistance.

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Bonaventure Aman - Burundi

An epidemiologist, Bonaventure coordinates and supervises project activities in three pilot sites, runs field experiments to evaluate the role of seed systems in controlling Banana Bunchy Top Disease, and collaborates with gender specialists on the implementation of control packages. Bonaventure studied agricultural education and extension as an undergraduate and has a PhD in Entomology from North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.