Dr. Gratian R. Bamwenda
Dr. Bamwenda is a committed and enthusiastic Chair of AIRF with over twenty five years experience in project management, research and development in a number of international institutions and centers of excellence. His current areas of specialization among others are strategic analysis and management, competitiveness enhancement, viability assessment, entrepreneurship development, organization transformation, innovation and technology transfer and training in knowledge and technology development, adaptation and adoption.
Dr. Gratian R. Bamwenda has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
From 1985 until today, Dr. Bamwenda has worked extensively in the development and transfer of technology, and environmental management areas as a researcher, project leader, consultant, part-time lecturer at Universities, and capacity building expert. Recently, Dr. Bamwenda is involved in assisting entrepreneurs in viability assessment, value chain analysis, developing business and strategic plans, e.g. for public and private institutions e.g., business plan for the strategic transformation of the Horticultural Training Institute (HORTI). Dr. Bamwenda is also working as a technical advisor in the team working on designing and developing Tanzania’s Integrated Industrial Development Strategy and Master Plan; Member of the National Business Council’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Export Development Committee; Chairman of the Agricultural Innovation Research Foundation; Fellow and Editor in Chief, Tanzania Academy of Sciences; and Chairman of Tanzania’s Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Scientific Advisory Committee.
In years 1990-2007, Dr. Bamwenda has worked as a Researcher at Queens University, Canada (1990-92); Senior Researcher, Agency for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan (1992-2000); Director, Center for Development and Transfer of Technology, Tanzania (2000-2001); and Director General of the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (2002-2007).