Dr Ben Chikamai

Executive Secretary
NGARA

Dr Chikamai is the Executive Secretary of the Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA), a Pan African organization based in Kenya assisting African producing countries and partners to formulate a coordinated strategy for the sustainable development of their natural gums, resins and allied dryland resources, for improving rural livelihood and environmental conservation.  Dr. Chikamai is also the former Director of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), as well as the former Secretary of the Association of Forestry Research Institutions in Eastern Africa (AFREA). Additionally, he is the Regional Coordinator of the Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) in Africa and board member of the International Union of the Forestry Research Organisations and liaison Officer for Africa.