I am a data enthusiast with background in statistics, operations and project management. I have (6) six years of experience in data analysis, data management, monitoring and evaluation of systems and processes, providing system expertise, direction and training for teams as well as end users. I also develop and lead data analytics with input from different processes and businesses.
I have experience in corporate governance and hold special interest in operational risk management, specifically the exogeneous risks over which we have little or no control. I’m a trustee in the board of a provident fund, and serve as a board member in several committees.
I hold MSc (Statistical Sciences) and MA(PPM) from Strathmore and the University of Nairobi respectively.
Mr. Outa was born in 1986 in Kenya. He attained a BSc. in Applied Aquatic Science from Egerton University (Kenya) in 2010. He then proceeded to attain a Joint MSc. in Limnology and Wetland Management from UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education (Delft, Netherlands), BOKU University (Vienna, Austria) and Egerton University (Njoro, Kenya) in 2014. Mr. Outa is currently a DAAD scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science at Kisii University (Kisii, Kenya).
Mr. Outa has worked in various research projects in the field of Limnology and Fisheries and has over 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Among the projects is the Japanese funded Lake Victoria Comprehensive Research Development (LAVICORD) Project. Under this project, he underwent training on scientific research, design, data collection and management skills at Nagasaki University, Japan. He was also part of the Ecology of Livelihoods in African Papyrus Wetlands (ECOLIVE) Project hosted by Victoria Institute of Environment and Development (VIRED) International. Under these multidisciplinary research projects, Mr. Outa has interacted and worked with renowned world-class researchers from various parts of the world. He underwent a ToT Training at TCC (Africa) on Scientific Communication and Writing.
Currently, he is the Head of Training and Capacity Development at the Centre for Research and Technology Development (RESTECH Kenya). In this capacity, he trains fresh graduates on scientific research communication and publishing skills. He is also a part-time lecturer in Maseno, Kisii, Universities and KWS Training Institute- Naivasha, Kenya. Outa is a trained Peer Counselor with immense passion for the youth. He founded the AQUITY Youth Group in 2010 to mentor and educate the youth in Obunga slums, Kisumu on social issues affecting them (Drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, Relationships, Religion and violence) as well as on matters education.
Mr. Outa is an independent, open minded thinker and scholar whose dream is to bring a change in the world through research!!
Summary of Profile: PhD holder in Range Management from University of Wyoming, USA (1990); Master of Science (Range Management), Texas A&M University (1982); and Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), University of Nairobi. Conscientious and self-motivated individual with great enthusiasm and determination to excel. Hard working, reliable and resourceful person with excellent organizational and management skills, combined with ability to prioritize tasks.
Teaching Areas: Over 30 years teaching experience in a large university at undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters & Doctoral) level; designed and taught courses in research methods and communication; proposal-writing dry land resource management, livestock production, natural resource management; integrated dry land production systems (PhD) and ecology.
Research interest: mainly integrated agricultural and/or natural resource production/management systems, climate change and agricultural adaptation in dry lands. Principal, co-principal or investigator in many donor-funded research projects such as Making the Best of Climate: Adapting Agriculture to Climate Variability funded by Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA); Creating Wealth For Smallholder Farmers in Arid Areas of Kenya: The Case of Mukau (Melia Volkensii) funded by Government of Kenya/European Union through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Programme of Kenya; Foe or friend: Management and Utilization of Prosopis juliflora in Kenya, funded by Government of Kenya and European Union through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Programme of Kenya.
Postgraduate Supervision: Has supervised over 30 Masters and PhD students
Selected Publications: over 40 papers in internationally refereed journals, plus a book chapter in Rangeland Resources in Eastern Africa: Their Ecology and Development. Dennis Herlocker (Editor), Published by GTZ, German Technical Cooperationbook chapter Nairobi 1999.
Collaboration/Linkages: has initiated and implemented over 15 collaborative partnerships and projects between the university and local, regional and international organizations. Currently forging one with the University of Cape Town, South Africa involving a regional research project titled: “Harnessing the benefits of agro-biodiversity for sustained food security in the context of climate variability and change” under the auspices of the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN).