Enoch Ontiri, a conservation researcher has joined ILRIs People Livestock and Environment team as a research technician in social science. His work will focus on the CGIAR research program on integrated and sustainable agricultural production systems for improved food security and livelihoods in Dry Areas.
Based in Nairobi, Ontiri will assist in conducting literature searches, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and systems characterization. He holds an MSc. in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom where he was awarded the Dean’s commendation for outstanding performance in the course in 2010. In 1996, he graduated with a Bachelor of Agribusiness Management degree from Egerton University, Kenya.
Prior to joining ILRI, Ontiri worked as a consultant for AgriFocus/MartsLogistics. He has also worked for the Consortium for Economic Research and Development Studies (CERDS); Anne Kent Taylor Fund field team and WildlifeDirect (Nairobi), where he was Program Manager for the Albertine Rift Conservation project. These have given him an edge in understanding issues in the drylands. Ontiri is widely travelled having worked in Papua New Guinea and Rwanda and has the distinction of speaking a total of 5 languages fluently- English, Kiswahili, Kisii, Kinyarwanda and Melanesian Pidgin.