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Eric Onyango Odada, born in Nyanza is a full Professor of Geology at the University of Nairobi. He obtained his PhD in Marine Geochemistry from Imperial College, London University (1986) and has been with the University of Nairobi as a Lecturer since 1989. Before joining the University, he served as Chief Research Officer, Kenya Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (KMFRI) and Principal Geologist with the Mines and Geology Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya.

Professor Odada is a Fellow of Geological Society of Kenya (GSK) and World Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he has served as a member of several international committees. A few of which are: Global Environmental Facility   Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP); Committee for Scientific Planning and Review (SCPR) of ICSU; International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Scientific Committee (IGBP-SC); Scientific Committee for Global  Change Research and Capacity Building in Africa (START); and Scientific Liarson Officer of European Network for Research and Capacity Building in Global Change (ENRICH). He is currently a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board(USGAB) on water and sanitation and Director of United Nations University Regional Centre for Water Education based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Professor Odada is cited for the distinguished service to the African Scientific Community in Global Change Research and Capacity Building .He was the Programme Director of the Pan African START Secretariat, a programme hosted by the University of Nairobi and Kenya National Academy of Sciences in 1997.As founding Director of the programme he has built a strong network of scientists in Africa, motivate and mobilized African Scientists in various fields of global change research such as the impacts of climate change on water resources, food security, energy, health, ecosystem and sustainable development.

He is currently leading a research of Africa, European and North American Scientists working on ecosystem services for poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also very active in science driven policy initiatives and has published many books and papers in peer-reviewed journals. His efforts in promoting global change research and capacity building has resulted in the establishment of a network of highly specialized African scientists who are now promoting sustainable development of Africa and the world.

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