Dr Helen Driver MRSC
International Development Manager, Africa
Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

Helen graduated from Loughborough University, UK with a BSc in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, which included a year with GlaxoSmithKline in Harlow, UK.

She moved to the University of Bath to study for her PhD with Prof Barry Potter.  This was focussed on the design and synthesis of compounds with anti-prostate cancer activity.  She completed her PhD in 2008 and took up a role with the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  In 2011, she moved to India as the Deputy Director of Research Councils UK India, based at the British High Commission in New Delhi.

In 2014 she moved back to the UK to join the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor of chemistry at the University of Nairobi, Dr Wandiga's research interests include coordination and environmental chemistry, the sources and sinks of biogenic gases; and climate change and health. 

He is a former Chair of Kenya's National Academy of Sciences and national committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, and has chaired the Pan-African Committee of START (the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training) since its launch in 2008.  Currently he is the chancellor of Egerton University and Ag Director, Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi.


Prof. Jacob O Midiwo undertook his PhD studies in Organic Chemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA studying fungal mycotoxins which had potential in cancer chemotherapy. He graduated from that University in 1981 and took up lectureship position at his alma mater, University of Nairobi where he has risen through the ranks to full professorship.

Prof. Midiwo has done research on the secondary metabolites of popular Kenyan medicinal plants from a range of plant families: Myrsinaceae, Polygonaceae, Papilionacea, Compositae, Rutaceae and Sapindaceae.

He has published over 60 papers in refereed international journals describing the structures and bioactivity of compounds with various bioassay models- anti-plasmodial, mosquito larvicidal, insect antifeedant effects and their capacity as anti-oxidants - in search of their potential application. 
Professor Jacob O. Midiwo
University of Nairobi
Exec. Secretary, NAPRECA
Exec. Secretary, PACN Kenya Hub

Professor Shem O. Wandiga
University of Nairobi
Chair, PACN Kenya Hub

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Erick O. Awas undertook his undergraduate studies in Bed (Sc) at Kabarak University where he graduated with First Class Honours in November 2009.He taught Chemistry and Biology in High school for 2 years where he executed expected duties that appertain to the teaching profession.

He later joined University of Nairobi in 2011 to undertake his Msc degree in Chemistry and now finalizing his research work. His research work involves the influence of derivatization on the anti-oxidant potency of flavones from Kenyan plants with neuro- protective properties.

In September 2013, He joined PACN Kenya as the administrator.
Erick O. Awas
Administrator, PACN Kenya
University of Nairobi, Department of Chemistry