Our Team

KRSU, Kampala, Uganda

Mesfin AyeleMesfin Ayele, KRSU Team Leader

Mesfin Ayele has been a senior program manager with over 20 years experience in Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda, and previously worked for ACDI VOCA, Mercy Corps, FARM Africa, Save the Children, ACTIONAID, and CHF Partners. He has specific technical expertise in the design and management of food security, agriculture and pastoral development, market systems strengthening, disaster risk reduction, and institutional support programs with sound understanding of regulations and procedures, across a broad range of donors including USAID, DFID, EU, CIDA, Irish Aid, and the UN. Mesfin has good experience working with networks and joint forums to advocate for change and achieve results at scale. Mesfin holds an MA in Development Studies from Addis Ababa University, an MBA+ certificate on Entrepreneurial Leaders Program (ELP) from Portland State University, and a BSc degree in Animal Sciences from Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia.
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Mike WekesaMike Wekesa, Senior Resilience Adviser

Mike Wekesa has over 25 years of experience working across several African countries, with expertize on livelihoods, food security, disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, agriculture, water and sanitation and other issues in dryland areas. He has worked on numerous programs for donors, African regional organizations, UN agencies, governments, NGOs, communities and traditional institutions, including policy analysis and research, formulation, implementation as well as dryland policy influencing. He has a BSc in Range Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and an MSc in Management for Agricultural Development, Cranfield University, UK.
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Yacob AkliluYacob Aklilu, Senior Resilience and Economic Adviser

An agricultural economist, Yacob Aklilu has more than 35 years of experience of agriculture and livestock marketing systems in the Horn of Africa and humanitarian assistance, focusing on practical programming and policy support to international aid donors, NGOs, and African governments and regional organizations. Yacob has worked as a livestock policy adviser at the African Union’s Interafrican Bureau of Animal Resources, and also provided the livestock marketing and drought management support to the USAID Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative in Ethiopia. He also contributed to the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS), and has worked on long-term trend analysis of livelihoods in pastoralist areas of east Africa. He holds an M.Sc. in Marketing and Management, and a B.Sc. in Agriculture, major in Agricultural Economics.
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Stephen OkelloStephen Okello, Resilience Learning Support Officer

Stephen coordinates the learning and knowledge management activities of the KRSU by collaborating with USAID, the Government of Uganda, and the Karamoja Development Partners Group. He provides technical support in the organization of learning and technical coordination efforts among international donors, implementing partners, and local stakeholders.
He has more than ten years of experience in program management and technical assistance of peace building interventions; development research and reporting; development cooperation, and communication to the center. Previously, he worked as Program Manager for the USAID-SAFE Project at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Kampala. There he managed efforts to streamline conflict sensitive approaches in land governance structures of local governments in eastern and central Uganda. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Nkumba University in Uganda and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Flinders University in Australia.
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Moses LuboyeraMoses Luboyera, Finance and Operations Manager

Moses Luboyera is the Finance and Operations Manager for the KRSU and provides overall direction on financial and operations aspects of the project. He has 23 years career experience in project financial management, administration and grants management for donor-funded projects in Uganda. Moses has worked with various donor funded projects and NGOs in Uganda which include SOS Children's Villages Uganda; Africa Humanitarian Action; Uganda Land Alliance; USAID/JHU/DISH Project; USAID/JSI/AIM Progamme; USAID/DAI/Prime West Project; Child Fund International; USAID/RTI/IRS Project; USAID/STAR E Project; Global Water Partnership Project; and ight to Play Uganda. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & a diploma in Business Studies
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Jarvice Bukirwa SekajjaJarvice Bukirwa Sekajja PhD

Jarvice Bukirwa Sekajja PhD is a Community Development Specialist with extensive qualitative research skills and over 16 years experience in institutional capacity building, designing and implementing participatory HIV and AIDS, sexual reproductive health, orphans and other vulnerable children and gender programs. Jarvice has worked with various donor funded projects and NGOs in Uganda which include USAID DISH; Pathfinder International, Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa – Gates Grant; USAID funded Inter-Religious Council of Uganda; USAID HIPS and AfriChild Centre for the study of the African Child (Makerere University). Jarvice Bukirwa Sekajja PhD is a Community Development Specialist with extensive qualitative research skills and over 16 years experience in institutional capacity building, designing and implementing participatory HIV and AIDS, sexual reproductive health, orphans and other vulnerable children and gender programs. Jarvice has worked with various donor funded projects and NGOs in Uganda which include USAID DISH; Pathfinder International, Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa – Gates Grant; USAID funded Inter-Religious Council of Uganda; USAID HIPS and AfriChild Centre for the study of the African Child (Makerere University). 

Jarvice holds a Doctorate (Social Work), Master’s degree (Social Sector Planning and Management); Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management (Uganda Management Institute) and a Bachelor of Arts with Education Degree from Makerere University. Jarvice has served as a principal investigator; led various baseline studies and evaluations on HIV and AIDS, nutrition, VSLA, OVC and sexual and gender-based violence.

KRSU, Tufts University, USA

Andy CatleyAndy Catley, Research Director

Dr. Catley provides research, policy and analytical support to the KRSU and is the Principal Investigator for the project at Tufts. He has worked as a practitioner, policy adviser and researcher on issues in pastoralist areas of Africa since 1993 and supported the global Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) project as Chair of the LEGS Steering Group between 2005 and 2015. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.
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Elisabeth RoblesElisabeth Robles, Program Administrator

Elisabeth is the focal contact for all administrative and coordination functions for the KRSU. Elisabeth works closely with researchers and consultants in the field to ensure the program team receives the materials, funding, and support needed to do their work successfully. Prior to joining Tufts University, Elisabeth worked as a grant and development officer for a conservation NGO in Belize and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Elisabeth holds an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.
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