The proposed project is immensely multidisciplinary. Consequently, the project team consists of experts from different institutions, scholarly disciples and research experiences. The team includes a principal investigator and co-investigators, but will engage research assistants as needed. A co-investigator who is an expert in a relevant area of scholarship and/or research will lead that role (see the project components). Among the team members are two current city officials who are also experts in their own fields. The team will share responsibilities for planning, scheduling, risk assessment and project tracking.

Dr. Joseph Maina
Dr. Joseph Maina
Co Principal Investigator (Co.PI) - Macquarie University

I am a Geo-Spatial scientist with interests in a wide range of environmental questions. My ultimate goals are to understand and predict the impacts of environmental variability and change on marine and coastal social-ecological systems at local and global scales in-order to support local adaptation planning and management. I have explored questions in a range of other fields, including hydrology and water resources, sustainable agriculture and food security. Therefore, my work integrates diverse disciplines including macro-ecology, climate science, oceanography, remote sensing, hydrology, fisheries management, and decision science to help answer relevant questions. Given the many large and diverse data sets that I work with, I am also involved in data science projects focused on developing tools for integrating, analysing and extracting information from multiple (often large) data sets more effectively, making it easier to include cross-disciplinary information in addressing complex environmental and ecological questions.

Majambo Gamoyo
Majambo Gamoyo
Project Associate & Coordination Leader

Majambo is a spatial scientist and a modeler with a PhD in Ocean & Atmosphere from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and an MSc in Applied Marine Science from the same university. He has worked in coral reef and climate change research in the Western Indian Ocean with interest in climate science, oceanography and marine ecological systems. His focus in the Miji Bora project is work with geospatial data including collection, data analysis and interpretation to facilitate learning, co-generation and co-creation of knowledge among policy makers, urban researchers and other stakeholders

Tracy Njeri Kamau
Tracy Njeri Kamau
Project Intern

Tracy, a student at Moi University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Media science (Publishing and Media Studies). As a communication student, Tracy has lot’s interest in learning new skills, and creating a network of young professionals to help in sustainable management of coastal city resources. Some of her responsibilities manage project visibility and communication materials through a of diverse media platform such as; Blogs, Newsletter, Webinars, and social media channels. In building her skills in project management, Tracy will play roles engaging community & stakeholder, collect and analyze data and lastly lead the education and outreach programme. Tracy has great interest in table tennis, swimming and cycling.

Smiso Bhengu
Smiso Bhengu
eThekwini Municipality

Smiso Bhengu is a Climate Protection Scientist from Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department in eThekwini Municipality. He holds Master’s degree in Environmental Science from University of KwaZulu Natal. His research interest is in ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, climate change and informal settlements. He is currently managing the Durban Research Action Partnership (DRAP) between eThekwini Municipality and University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and Project Manager of the Palmiet Catchment Rehabilitation Project which is being implemented by eThekwini Municipality as part of the Umgeni Ecological Infrastructure Project (UEIP).

Lynne T. Farrah
Lynne T. Farrah

Currently the Assistant Director of Administration, County Government of Mombasa, I am also coordinating the Department of Devolution and Public Service Administration. Pursuing my Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration form the Kenyatta University with an undergraduate degree in Forensic Science and Criminology. With interest in addressing issues of administration of public policy in environment towards the climate change lens. Passionate to make a difference in the effectiveness of environmental public policy implementation, monitoring and its impact. For my Master’s thesis I will specialize in providing comparison on the effectiveness of solid waste management in Durban Municipality and how it can be applied to Mombasa City.

Sean O’Donoghue
Sean O’Donoghue
Co-Principal Investigator (Co.PI) - eThekwini Municipality’s

Dr Sean O’Donoghue has a PhD in marine pelagic ecology obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2010. In March 2011, Sean joined eThekwini Municipality’s Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department. He is currently Senior Manager of the Climate Change Adaptation Branch of that department. The focus of the department is to protect and conserve biodiversity and to address the climate change adaptation needs of the city. This means preparing Durban for the impacts of climate change. Much of this work is based on using functioning ecosystems to protect communities from climate change impacts, hence the development of the Community- and Ecosystems-based Adaptation (CEBA) focus in the department. Dr O’Donoghue oversees a number of innovative programmes like the uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership, the UKZN-EM Global Environmental Change Research Programme and the implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charter (a global initiative to drive climate change adaptation in cities). Recently, the department developed the Durban Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with the City’s Energy Office.

Innocent Ngao Wanyonyi, PhD,
Innocent Ngao Wanyonyi, PhD,
Co-Principal Investigator (Co.PI) - Coastal & Marine Resource Development

As a Co-Principal Investigator (Co.PI) with the project and leading the situation analysis component particularly in areas of urban waste management including zero plastic leakage into critical marine ecosystems, strengthening governance institutions, mangrove rehabilitation and more.  Innocent has over 20 years’ experience in project management, integrated coastal management (ICZM), socioeconomics and tropical coastal fisheries studies in the Western Indian Ocean region (WIO). His interest in Marine conservation is  seeing development of innovative solutions to typical coastal zone problems. He has many previous multi-institutional collaborations in project implementation with research, academic institutions, government, non-governmental agencies, conservation projects and communities in the WIO region. He is keen on working with local, national, regional and international partners and stakeholders to build synergies. Worked with WWF Kenya, the Ujuzi Laboratories at Coastal & Marine Resource Development (COMRED), the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) programme of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the SocMon programme of Coastal Ocean Research & Development Indian Ocean (CORDIO). His academic background is interdisciplinary with a Bachelors in Natural Resources Management, Masters in Tropical Coastal Management, and, PhD in Environmental Science.

PhD in Environmental Science. - Over 20 years’ experience in project management
Prof. Justus Kithiia
Prof. Justus Kithiia
Prinicipal Investigator (PI) - Coastal & Marine Resource Development

I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches where I can apply theories and applications from both natural and social sciences to understand environmental management and change as well as local livelihood dynamics. In particular, I use novel decision frameworks that support the sustainable use of natural assets in the face of human development pursuits. Furthermore, I explore the negotiated processes through which both  rural and urban  communities  can self-organize, and how their knowledge can be leveraged to respond to changes in local conditions. Amidst the challenges facing these communities, this understanding is critical in improving the ways in which investment in their sustainable futures is identified, prioritised, commissioned and utilised.

Titus Jefwa Charo
Titus Jefwa Charo
Researcher - Coastal & Marine Resource Development

Titus visions is to bridge the gap between information technology and sustainable management of marine resources through helping users in making informed decisions. Specialist in a diverse discipline in data & information science, visualization, web application development and geo-spatial technologies that plays a vital role in the management of coastal & marine ecosystems through information phenomena. Titus has played a role bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and conservation action within marine protected areas (MPAs) through strategically aligning management action with identified needs, and evaluating impact of actions on MPA status in an adaptive cycle of learning. He has been involved in the development of sea turtle action plan, conservation protocols and the development of a data management systems. In charge of information management, project coordination and implementation,  Titus advocates for sustainable city planning and resource use through evidence based conservation.

Information Technology, Data Mining, & Geospatial Technologies