Prof. Thomas Risley Odhiambo
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) was founded in 1970 by the late Prof. Risley Odhiambo who was a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at the University of Nairobi. The Centre had its first headquarters at Chiromo Campus, University of Nairobi.Prof. Odhiambo proposed the establishment of an Africa insect research centre that would train young researchers from Africa and across the globe. This led to the formation of ICIPE which is now a centre for scientific research and training in Africa and collaborates with over 200 national systems, research institutes and universities around the world. This year the centre is celebrating 50 years since it was founded.
Professor Richard Kiprono Mibey
is a Kenyan academic, research scientist and university administrator. Among other contributions to science, he has discovered more than 120 species of fungi, made major input to the discovery of environmentally friendly fungi for bio-control of the obnoxious water hyacinth weed in Lake Victoria has contributed to the preservation of rare and highly specialized micro-fungi of Kenyan plants