KYEEMA welcomes new Board members.

We are very pleased to announce Joseph Macharia and Fergus Smith to the Kyeema Foundation Board. Both bring a diversity of skills, technical expertise and experience, which will enhance the Board’s capabilities.

Joseph Macharia


Coined the ‘Facebook Farmer’, Joseph Macharia is KYEEMA’s latest Associate member to join the Board. Joseph has extensive experience in the agribusiness sector. In August 2012, he founded Mkulima Young (“Young Farmer” in Swahili). Mkulima Young is an online platform that enables agri-prenuers to engage, network and conduct business in agriculture. It also provides information on farming techniques, crop varieties, soil productivity and seasonal yields. Since its establishment, the organisation has amassed over 110,000 on-line followers.

For his work at Mkulima Young, Joseph has won several international awards and recognitions. He is an Ashoka Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Extension from the Egerton University in Kenya (2001), as well as Master of Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (2008). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D.

Joseph has also written several publications about stingless bees in Kenya and recently co-authored a chapter on climate smart agriculture, published by Routledge in Governing the Climate Change Regime: Institutional Integrity and Integrity Systems.

With Joseph’s background and experience in research, agribusiness, education and extension in Africa, KYEEMA is honoured to have Joseph as an Associate Board member.

Fergus Smith

Fergus Smith KYEEMA

Fergus Smith joins KYEEMA’s Board as a Director. He a lawyer specialising in the financing of energy & infrastructure projects (both Greenfield developments and acquisitions).

He has a Bachelor of Law and Business from the Queensland University of Technology (2003) and a Master of Law and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University (2008). In 2016, Fergus was recognised as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ for China/Hong Kong: Projects & Infrastructure in Chambers Asia Pacific.

Fergus has assisted lenders and borrowers on financing transactions in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has also previously been a Senior Advisor (Legal and Governance) to the Prime Minister of Australia.

With his education and experience in corporate finance and law internationally and in Australia, especially within the renewable energy sector in developing nations, KYEEMA is privileged to have Fergus join the Board.

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