PASET’s Governance Structure

The PASET Board of Directors (BoD) adopted a Charter and governance structure, comprised of a PASET Governing Council (GC), An Executive Board (EB), Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), an RSIF Implementation Unit or Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) and the PASET Secretariat.

1. Governing Council (GC)

The PASET Governing Council led by a Chair, is responsible for providing strategic direction and thought leadership for PASET, making policy decisions and is the apex body for PASET. It is comprised of Ministers of Education/Higher Education/TVET of SSA countries that are contributing to the RSIF and/or PASET’s Regional TVET Centres of Excellence initiative, the World Bank and key donors.

2. Executive Board (EB)

The Executive Board (EB) serves as PASET’s oversight body in charge of all PASET operations. It comprises senior representatives of the contributing country governments, a World Bank representative, donors and the private sector. It is led by an Executive Director who serves in his/her individual capacity.

3. Consultative Advisory Group (CAG)

The Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) consists of eminent African scientists/academics and representatives from the private sector; international partner countries and national agencies whose role is advisory to PASET. The CAG meets at least once a year physically and virtually as needed and provides technical advice to the EB and GC  on an as-needed basis for all PASET initiatives. The CAG maintains two sub-committees to provide inputs on higher education and TVET. The CAG higher-education sub-committee  plays a critical role in providing expert advice and guidance in the development and implementation of RSIF and its components. The CAG is led by a Chair who works closely with the EB.

4. PASET Secretariat

The PASET Secretariat, which is in the interim hosted at the World Bank, convenes and facilitates meetings of PASET’s governing bodies and stakeholders including the GC, EB , CAG, the PASET Forums and engagements with new partner countries. The World Bank provides technical assistance to PASET at both the regional and country levels through capacity building activities including workshops. Additionally, the Secretariat uses its networks and convening power as a key instrument in facilitating PASET’s growth by strengthening the partnership among SSA governments, the private sector and partner countries. The Secretariat commissions the development of PASET related studies and reports, including those specific to the RSIF. The World Bank will continue with its role until the Secretariat effectively transitions into an African institution within a couple of years. The Secretariat reports to the EB. For more information about the Secretariat, please visit the PASET website.

5. RSIF Regional Coordination Unit (RCU)

The RSIF Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) is based at the icipe. The RCU is charged with the implementation of the RSIF and achieving benchmarks set by the GC. The RCU works closely with the PASET Secretariat and reports to the EB. Its responsibilities include:

  • Creation and oversight of the Permanent and General Funds of the RSIF for supporting PhD training, research and innovation
  • Setting up administration units for the three RSIF windows – PhD training, research and innovation.
  • Managing the selection process for host universities following guidelines approved by the World Bank in consultation with the PASET EB
  • Overseeing the selection of students and faculty for RSIF awards (i.e PhD scholarships, research and innovation grants) by administration units to ensure a fair and efficient process that selects a balanced class of the most highly qualified students/ staff
  • Identifying partner institutions for RSIF host institutions and preparing and finalizing agreements (including MoUs)
  • Planning, executing and managing RSIF program marketing strategies
  • Reporting progress of RSIF to PASET governance bodies
  • Hiring and managing staff of the RSIF
  • Developing programmatic linkages between RSIF and other related programs that are relevant (such as journal publishing or PhD capacity building).

The PASET Governing Council

The PASET Governing Council (GC) is the overall governing organ of PASET, constituted by Ministers responsible for higher education and scientific research in PASET member countries as well as development partners. The GC provides thought leadership and take major policy decisions for RSIF’s overall direction.  The GC is also responsible for resource mobilisation and provides overall guidance on partnerships for RSIF. The GC’s current composition is provided below.

The PASET Executive Board

The PASET Executive Board (EB) is the managing body of RSIF responsible for overseeing implementation of RSIF.

It comprises senior representatives nominated by PASET GC members for having demonstrated high standards of integrity, commitment to PASET principles and goals, and technical expertise in a designated area.  It is led by an Executive Director who serves in an individual capacity. Its current composition is provided below.

The PASET Consultative Advisory Group

The PASET Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), provides technical expertise to the PASET Governing Council and PASET Executive Board based on PASET’s emerging needs, as well as innovative, operational solutions for realizing PASET goals.

The CAG is appointed by the Executive Board with a balanced membership representing a spectrum of legitimate advisory stakeholders in PASET. The CAG is led by a Chair who works closely with the PASET Governance Bodies. CAG members serve in their individual capacities.

The CAG has two sub-committees on higher education and on technical, vocational education and training (TVET). The higher-education sub-committee provides advice in the development and implementation of RSIF and its components.

Goolam Mohamedbhai


Christelle Kwizera


Wole Soboyejo


Crispus Kiamba


Yanfen Wang


George Afeti


Hwa Ick Jeon


Joy Papier


Solange Uwituze


Mouhamed Fadel


Ange Nzihou


Miriam Altman


The Grants Independent Technical Committee

The Grants Independent Technical Committee (GITC) provides technical support to RSIF on the review, selection and award of research and innovation grants. The GITC also provides technical advice to RSIF on the implementation of the grants and other RSIF components as needed. GITC members serve in an individual capacity.

The GITC currently comprises seven eminent members with expertise in the following fields; (a) Engineering sciences, (b) Agriculture and environmental sciences, (c) Social sciences and humanities, (d) ICTs, (e) Higher education; and (f) Industry/private sector,  innovation and commercialization of knowledge.


Emmanuel Tanyi

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the University of Buea


Hendrina Chalwe Doroba

Division Manager, Education and Skills Development at the African Development Bank


Patricia Poku Diaby

Chief Executive Officer of Plot Enterprise (Gh) Ltd


Mahama Ouedraogo

Director of the Department of Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST), of the African Union Commission


Aggrey Ambali

Supervisor of the Technical Cooperation and Programme Funding team AUDA-NEPAD


Mafini Sarratou Dosso

Chief Economist and Policy Analyst


Shikoh Gitau

CEO of Qhala

Rsif Regional Coordination Unit

The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (Rsif)’s Regional Coordination Unit at icipe is led by the Director General. The RCU ensures overall coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Rsif’s activities as contracted under a World Bank funded project and agreed with the PASET governance bodies.

The dedicated Rsif team comprises staff hired for their relevant expertise. Other departments within icipe provide support for activities that do not require full-time Rsif project staff.


Dr Julius Ecuru

Principal Scientist and Manager, Research Innovation Coordination Units


Dr Everlyn Nguku

Capacity Building Specialist


Bonface Nyagah

Capacity Building Officer


Cynthia Orangó

Research and Innovation Grants Officer


Caroline Adala Oremo

Senior Business Support Officer I (Capacity Building – Doctoral Scholarships)


Francis Gichugu Kinyanjui

Financial Management Specialist


Dr Jonas Musabwa Mugabe

Agri-based Digital Innovation in West Africa (AGriDI) Project Manager


Jeritah Maungu

Business Support Officer- Capacity Building


Kristin Seljeflot

Resource Mobilization Specialist


Mary Ngure

Information Resource Centre (IRC) Coordinator


Mary Majani

Senior Business Support Officer I (Project Support Officer)


Mercyann Gacingiri

Finance Officer


Dr Michael Mukembo Kidoido

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist


Sakina Mapenzi Kahindi

Business Support Officer, Communications


Wangari Wanjiku

Business Support Officer- Mentorship


Wilberforce Wanjala

ICT Specialist