Kilpatrick qualified in London with a PhD Neurophysiology and then entered the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist. This was followed by a career as a management consultant in the life sciences sector. He has extensive experience in successfully delivering complex projects in sub Saharan Africa.
Following two years as the operations director for the medical research council in the Gambia, he relocated to London to be the MRC operations director for their units in UK and Africa. Kilpatrick was seconded to The African Academy of Sciences in 2015 to be the Senior Advisor to the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) programme.
Genny Kiff is the Senior Advisor to the African Academy of Sciences for the development of the Global Grant Community – Good Financial Grant Practice. She has brought a wealth of experience in developing and capacity building finance functions of a variety of organisations in both the not for profit and commercial sectors. Since May 2019, she has been the CFO for the Oxford University Clinical Research Network based in Vietnam where her role is to capacity build the financial function of a number of organisations within the network.
Prior to this role, Genny worked for the Wellcome Trust for 20 years. From 2015 to 2018, she was the CFO for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute with the key responsibility of transforming the finance function. Prior to this, she held a number of roles with responsibilities including managing a team of 30, delivering financial planning and reporting to the boards, business partnering services and capacity building for new legal entities and initiatives both in the UK and globally. As part of her roles, she has served as a Director on the boards of investment, biotech and charitable organisations. She has also been a member of finance, audit and risk committees both in the UK and internationally.
Prior to joining the Wellcome Trust, Genny worked at Ernst and Young (New Zealand) where she qualified as a chartered accountant with major clients ranging from financial institutions, manufacturing companies to charities. She also worked as a research scientist with GEC Hirst Research Centre (London, UK).
Edward is a Programme Officer for The Global Grant Community (GGC) at The African Academy of Sciences. He is responsible for operationalising the Global Grant Community portal, an online self-assessment tool based on the GFGP Standard, that helps Grantors and Grantees complete the funding due diligence process in a more efficient and tech savvy way. He is also responsible for managing GGC’s back-office support which is run by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
Edward has previously worked as a Senior Accountant for Silicon Valley based fintech firm, Branch International and helped operationalise their Kenya and Nigeria offices. He has also project managed the deployment of various fintech projects in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Strathmore University (with a double major in Finance and Management Science), Certified Public Accountant qualifications from KCA University and is pursuing an MBA in Strategic Management.
Vincent Nkundimana is the Program Officer for The Global Grant Community (GGC) at the African Academy of Sciences. He is responsible for operationalizing the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) to ensure it is providing the full range of services (GFGP Standard Development and Certification) that meet the needs and expectations of Grantors, Grantees and other stakeholders of the Global Grant Community in order to standardize, simplify and strengthen Grant Funding globally.
He has over six years of experience in standardization and public policy, having participated in the development of regional (at African level) and international standards (at ISO level) and Technical Regulations. He holds a Master of Public Policy (with double majors in Trade and Industry Policy & Finance and Macroeconomic Policy), and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. He is passionate about International Development.
Jacklyne Kobek is responsible for providing support in the development, implementation and customization of the help desk system. Management of the help desk team to respond to all user support requests with a strong customer focus, development of the service strategy according to ITIL standards and aligning the helpdesk processes to the strategy. Supporting GFGP expansion plan globally as user demand increases at the Global Grant Community.
Prior to joining Global Grant Community, Kobek spent over 9 years progressive working experience as an IT specialist/consultant in diverse organizations ranging from non-governmental (health and agriculture) to private sector (health supply chain). Her work mainly involves Infrastructure analysis, setup and management, IT project management, system scoping, selection and implementation, process evaluation and change management.IT policy development, IT procurement and budgeting. IT training and implementation of IT security policies. She is passionate about impacting workspaces with meaningful change in processes and systems. Kobek holds a Master of Science in Information Technology from Strathmore University and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Winfred Muasa is a Programme Assistant with expertise and hands on experience in digital project management and development of information systems. Winfred steers the portal development and manages the implementation of the system upgrades as well the delivery of new functionalities in the Global Grant Community Portal. In addition, she provides helpline support to the grantor and grantee community on the Global Grant Community portal and helps them to efficiently assess through the online -based assessment portal. Winfred holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University and has a post graduate qualification in project management. She is also an ardent reader of a variety of genres.
Grace Oduor is the marketing and communications officer for the Global Grant Community. Grace is responsible for implementing the marketing and communications strategy to boost the brand visibility of the Global Grant Community worldwide. She is a marketing and communications professional with over five years’ experience in communications and outreach strategy development, content development, digital marketing, brand management and media relations management.
Grace Oduor has previously worked as senior advisor specializing in marketing and communications in KPMG IDAS where she was responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies for donor funded programmes such as the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and Global Resilience Partnership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from the United States International University and is currently a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.