• Hyrdo electric
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Meet Our IncubatesRural Electrification From A Mini-Hydro-Electric Power PlantMihuti Village in Murang’a County is like any other village in Kenya. Households still use kerosene lamps for lighting...  Read more
  • Hyacynth Paper
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Meet Our IncubatesProducing Paper From HyacinthMichael Otieno faced serious challenges in his youth due to lack of money to enable him complete his school... Read more
  • Affordable Energy
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Meet Our IncubatesProviding Industries With Affordable Alternative Energy From BriquettesPaul Kairu identified a gap in the energy needs of many Kenyans and set out to exploit the opportunity. Read more...
  • juacali
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Meet Our IncubatesProducing Energy Efficient Clean Cook StovesAlex Kiplimo established Iten Jua Kali from the passion he gained from watching his grandfather work in the ‘jua kali’ sector as a young boy. Read more...
  • Coal
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Meet Our IncubatesProviding Eco-Lodges With Affordable Alternative Energy From BriquettesUpon graduating from Kenyatta University, George Mochu found it extremely challenging to find employment in the city.
    Read more...

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and

HARNESSING INNOVATION AT THE 7TH NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK
By Juliet Mukami

The National Science Week is an annual event that advocates the role played by research, science, technology and innovation towards the social economic development of our country. This year the event and exhibition was held on 7-12, May 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
In her opening remarks the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education, Dr. Amina Mohamed said the Ministry of Education will allocate KES. 3 Billion to facilitate research development and innovations.
Dr. Mohamed further noted the Ministry will continue to support and nurture innovations across all learning institutions.
In her speech, the Deputy British High Commissioner, Ms. Sussie Kitchens noted that the UK is partnering with Kenya to promote science and innovation through the Newton Utafiti Fund which aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of communities in Kenya.

web1                                                          Deputy British High Commissioner, Ms. Sussie Kitchens addressing delegates at the 7th National Science Week 


Newton Utafiti Fund was formed with an aim of reducing poverty by supporting projects addressing economic development and welfare of a country. In Kenya Newton Fund will support innovations that focus on food security, renewable energy, health, environment, and climate change. This will be a good platform for some of NETFUND beneficiaries whose projects qualify in this area to apply.

NETFUND Beneficiaries showcase at the Science Week
NETFUND showcased beneficiaries of its Green Innovations Award (GIA) program including, Kikai Foods from Embu County, Mudhiero Bio Fuel from Siaya and Qtron Systems from Kiambu County.
Kikai foods is a GIA III beneficiary developed by a group of women in Embu. The project focuses on reducing the post-harvest loss of bananas by increasing their shelf life through value addition. At the exhibition stand the banana crisps dried using the solar technology were on high demand and visitors encouraged them to distribute their snacks in the urban areas.web2

                                                                                                                                                                                       Kikai Foods Banana Crisps


Super Moto from Center for Innovation, Science and Technology (CIST Africa) manufactures bio ethanol fuel from water hyacinth feedstock blended and stabilized for cooking and lighting. The fuel is cheaper than kerosene and charcoal and cooks for longer hours. At the National Science Week several investors expressed interest in the biofuel and sought partnership to distribute the product in other counties.

web3

                                                                                                                                                                  Meshack of Super Moto Bio-Fuel explaining how the fuel works

Qtron Systems developed by Joseph Gakuru, focuses on a 3D printing technology that is used in prototyping, data visualization and making artefacts using materials from recycled plastic waste. This technology is unique from other technologies in Kenya which require a lot of energy and often result in loss of raw materials.web4

                                                                                                                                           Right: Joe of Qtron industries demonstrating how the printer works

 

The application of 3D printing especially in the healthcare sector, aerospace and automotive is expected to grow in the future.

web5

                                                                                                                                              Vyonne from NETFUND attends to school children during the exhibition

Our Mission

Empowering kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth.

Our Vision

A society empowered and motivated to sustainably manage the environment.

What We do

Incubation Phases

All incubation applications go through the awarding process. The incubation programme is delivered in phases.

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) is a state corporation under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities. NETFUND was established within the provisions of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to facilitate research intended to further the requirements of environmental management, capacity building, environmental awards, environmental publications, scholarships and grants.

NETFUND is governed by a Board of Trustees (BoT) which is the highest decision making organ of the Fund. The BoT members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Environment.

The BoT is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the fund, organizational policy frameworks, oversight of the Fund’s assets and undertaking any other activities within the mandate of the organization. The day-to-day running of the organization is vested in the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a dedicated and skilled team.

Strategic Direction

To support the development of 100 Green companies by 2025.

NETFUND Vision

A society empowered and motivated to sustainably manage the environment.

NETFUND Mission

Empowering Kenyans to sustainably manage the environment through promotion and support of green growth 

Core Values:

  • Passion: Belief in the difference our work makes that compels us to provide exceptional services.
  • Respect: Our esteem for our stakeholders makes us receptive and responsive to their needs and divergent opinions.
  • Stewardship: We manage all resources entrusted to us in a manner that creates the best value.

What we Believe:

• We believe that no one wants to destroy the environment willfully.
• We believe we can pursue development in a sustainable way while respecting the environment.
• We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for business growth despite their economic status.

It is this belief system that informs our focus on Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening the Economy. We achieve this by stimulating solutions for and by the bottom of the pyramid in order to tackle environmental degradation, climate change and poverty while enhancing inclusive economic growth.

NETFUND Board of Trustees

 

 

Ms. Naumy Jeptanui, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

Ms. Jeptanui is also a member of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Ms. Jeptanui is a result driven individual with more than 28 years of progressive experience in Kenya’s education sector. Currently, Ms. Jeptanui is a part time lecturer in the Department of Education Management, Policy & Curriculum Studies at Kenyatta University. Ms. Jeptanui holds a M. Ed in Planning & Economics of Education from Kenyatta University and currently pursuing a PhD in Planning & Economics of Education in the same University.

 

 

Dr. Ptoton Mnangat Brian,Trustee
 Dr. Mnangat has held various positions in academia. Currently, Dr. Mnangat is a member of the faculty in the Department of Physical sciences at Muranga University College (a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology).
Dr. Mnangat holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford (UK).

 

 

Mr. Ntwiga Wilberforce Muriungi, Trustee.
Mr. Ntwiga is also the Chairperson of the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Committee.
In the course of his career, Mr. Ntwiga has built synergy between County Governments, Ministries and relevant stakeholders in promoting agricultural value chains. He has progressive experience in project planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation having worked with various corporations. 
Mr. Ntwiga holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Rural Development from Kenya Methodist University.

 

Prof. Losenge Turoop, Trustee.
Prof. Losenge is also the Chair of the Communication, Resource Mobilization and Technical Committee of the Board. 
Prof. Losenge is a renowned Phytopathologist in Kenya. Widely published, Prof. Losenge is currently the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is also the Chair to a successful resource mobilization committee at the university. 
Prof. Losenge holds a PhD in Phytopathology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

 

NETFUND Senior Management

“I am excited to watch these green initiatives bridge the gap from product to great companies that are built to last”, Ms. Catherine Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. 
Catherine is the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND. Under her leadership, the Fund has grown from one employee to a work force of over 30 staff occupying one and a half floors at Geomaps Centre in Upper Hill, Nairobi. 
At NETFUND, Catherine is responsible for strategy development and deployment, development and execution of policies and other governance procedures, creating a conducive culture, building the team, maintaining NETFUND strategic relationships as well as ensuring the overall success of NETFUND and its programs.

Under her leadership, the Fund has morphed into an independent environment organization with considerable funding from Swedish Development Agency, USAID, UNDP, IGAD, WWF among others. Since starting NETFUND, Catherine has seen the execution of several programs amongst them the flagship program, the NETFUND Green Innovations Award.

Previously, Catherine worked with the SOS Children’s Villages- Kenya as the Fundraising and Communication Manager. In the course of her career, Catherine has also lectured at the United States International University (USIU) and Daystar University.

Catherine is an alumna of the Kenya High School and holds a BA from Kenyatta University, MA in Communication from Daystar University and Executive MBA from Strathmore Business School

 

“Our financial prudence has amplified our impact at the grassroots”, Mr. Samson Toniok- Director, Finance.

Samson is the Director, Finance at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Samson is responsible for developing and implementing financial controls, financial reporting, IFRS, IPSAS, budgeting, payroll accounting, taxation, project accounting and financial management.

Since joining NETFUND, Samson has reorganized the budget formulation process; increasing the recurrent GoK funding by 156%. He also oversaw the automation of financial operations whilst strengthening compliance and internal controls. Under his watch, GoK and donor funds have been managed prudently.

Previously, Samson worked with Kenya Reinsurance Corporation. Samson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K), Investment and Securities Analyst (ISA) as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

 

“At NETFUND, we pride ourselves in implementing projects that improve the livelihoods of our beneficiaries whilst sustainably managing the environment”, Ms Joy Juma – Director, Technical Services Department.
Joy is the Director, Technical Services Department at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND).

At NETFUND, Joy is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating the implementation of sustainable environmental management programs and monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of NETFUND’s interventions.

Since joining NETFUND, Joy has enhanced the design of the NETFUND Green Innovations Award, a flagship NETFUND program by the development of the Incubation Policy and Business Plan. Joy has played a key role in providing leadership in the development of NETFUND’s first incubates. Additionally, Joy has built the skills and abilities in the NETFUND project team to develop systems and structures for program design, development and implementation. Joy represents NETFUND in the global environment agenda.

Previously, Joy served as a Programme Manager with Flora and Fauna International. She holds an M.Phil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University.

 

News Feed

Help us promote sustainable exploitation of resources

Connect With Us

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and updates and help us by spreading the word.

 

  • National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation,1st Floor Dunga Road,Industrial Area
  •  Facebook
  • Like us on Twitter
  • Help spread the word

 

Newsletters

Joomla Extensions powered by Joobi
Copyright © 2018 NETFUND. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.