PROFILE

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Personal Data
Name: Najma Dharani; 

Marital status: Married;

Children : Two

Citizenship: Kenyan;

Title/Qualifications:     PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Nairobi.M.Sc in Botany (Plant Morphogenesis) from the University of Karachi, 1st ClassB.Sc (Hons.) in Botany from the University of Karachi, 1st Class 
Department/Unit/Section:  Plant Sciences, Kenyatta University, Kenya 
Contact Address:   Department of Plant Sciences, Kenyatta University,

P.O.BOX 43844-00100, Nairobi – Kenya

Email: [email protected]

Cell Phone: +254-722472012 and +254-733822405

Position:   Senior Lecturer
Area of Specialization: 

1. Environmental-Plant Ecology (Industrial Pollution Ecology –  impact of pollution on the biodiversity of Terrestrial and the Lake Ecosystems in the Rift valley)

2. East African Flora and Fauna and Biodiversity conservation and management

3. Ethnobotany and Ethnoveterinary – Research in Medicinal Plants to prevent, treat and cure diseases in Human, Livestock and Poultry

4. Evergreen Agriculture/Conservation farming with trees/Agroforestry practices in Eastern and Southern Africa/ Farming systems in East Africa 

 

WORK  EXPERIENCE

 15th Feb’09 to              “Lecturer” at the School of Environmental Sciences, Kenyatta University,

todate        Nairobi. (Research, Teaching and Field study) – courses including: Land Use Dynamics and Conservation (MSc unit); East African Flora and Fauna (BSc unit); Endangered Species (BSc unit); Advanced Environmental Ecology (BSc unit); Principles of Environmental Ecology; Ecology of agronomic crops (MSc unit); Agroforestry practices and farming systems in East Africa (BSc unit); Principles of Ethnobotany (BSc unit); Environmental Biology includes Morphogenesis/Plant Genetics and Hereditary (BSc unit); Biodiversity Conservation (BSc and MSc units).

March’08 to

March’09           “Lecturer” at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Research and Teaching Plant Taxonomy/Plant Ecology and Plant genetics)

 

Nov’04 to

April ’07        “Part-time Lecturer” at the Department of Land Use Resource Management and Agriculture Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi. Duties included teaching and field study of Dry land Agroforestry systems and techniques in Kenya; Rangeland plants and their sustainable uses; Agri-silvipastoral system; and Plant Taxonomy.

 

January 1992 to         “Administrator” at Graffins College” Nairobi, Moi Avenue Campus

Jan 2002

 

July 1988-December  “Full time Lecturer” at University of Karachi –  Department of Botany

1991

 

Administrative Duties:

Environmental Coordinator (ISO-9001-2000) for the Department of  Environmental Sciences (ENS); Field trip Coordinator for the Dept. of ENS; Curriculum Development Committee

  

  

  1. Conference /Seminars/Workshops  attended

 

Date of Conference Conference /Seminars/Workshops  attended City/ Country
31 – 1st April 2015 workshop on the Adoption of Agroforestry and Contribution to the Sustainable Development Outcomes in Kenya ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
8 – 12 Sept. 2014
Science Week – Theme-Agroforestry for SustainableDevelopment Goals
ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
21 – 22 Feb 2013 IFAD fruit project inception workshop JKUIAT-Thika
03-07 Sep 2012 Science Forum 2012 ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
25 – 29 June 2012 IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress & ITTO/AFF forest policy day- “ Forests and Trees; serving the people of Africa and the World ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
10 – 13 April 2012 BEATING FAMINE-sustainable food security through land regeneration in a changing climate ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
8 – 11 August 2011 14th NAPRECA symposium and AAMPS Ethnoveterinary Medicine Symposium ICIPE-Nairobi-Kenya
25 – 29 April 2011 Regional workshop to support the preparation of the state of the World’s forests Genetic Resources in Africa World Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ)-ICRAF ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
15th March 2010 Charcoal Seminar- World Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ)-ICRAF ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
6 – 8 August 2010  International Science Conference held at World Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ)-ICRAF ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
15 – 17 September 2010 International conference on Biodiversity,Land Use and Climate Change towards a National Conservation framework ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
14 – 18 August 2009 International Conference on Agroforestry held at  United Nations (HQ) United Nations (HQ) Nairobi – Kenya
25 – 27 May 2011 Implementation Training for ISO 14001:2004- Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Kenyatta University
6 -10 March 2008                    Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya. International Science Conference held at World Agroforestry Centre (HQ)-ICRAF ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
20 – 22 March 2006                Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya. Africa Herbal Antimalarial Meeting held atWorld Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ)-ICRAF ICRAF Nairobi-Kenya
                                                Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.8 – 12 August 2006 American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), International Symposium on Pharmacology New Jersey, USA
25 – 27 July 2005 AFASSA- Africa, Asia, South America Natural Products Network. Symposium held at International Center for Chemical Sciences, University of Karachi Karachi-Pakistan
                                                Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.27 – 29 August 2004, NAPRECA- Natural Product research Network for Eastern and Central Africa. Symposium held at University of Nairobi, Kenya University of Nairobi
                                                Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.16 – 18 April 2004 Flamingo Lakes in Kenya, WWF workshop. Nakuru-Kenya
                                                Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.20 – 22 August 2003 Environment and Reforestation organized  by National Museums of Kenya Braekenhurst, Limuru, Kenya
                                                Science Conference at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.8 – 12 April 2002 Kenya-Belgium (VLIR) Conference held in Mombasa University of Nairobi

 

  1. Funded projects

 

S/ No Researcher Year Title Granting Body
1.  Najma Dharani 2014 March to July 2015 Evergreen Agriculture Curriculum development for Universities in Eastern and Southern Africa (For undergraduate year 3-4 and Masters) ICRAF –East Africa and ANAFE Project(ONGOING PROJECT)
2. Najma Dharani August 2014 to March 2015 Food trees of Kenya -Vol 1 Fruit Trees and shrub ICRAF, IFAD funded project(ONGOING PROJECT)
 3. Najma Dharani January 2011 To-date (Project completed) Evergreen Agriculture in Eastern & Southern Africa(Book being edited) CAWT-SIDA Project funded to ICRAF East Africa Programme, funded by IFAD, EU, World Bank
4. Najma Dharani and Prof. Abiy March 2010To Nov 2013(Project completed) Research on Ethno-veterinary medicinal plants to cure livestock and poultry diseases(Book is gone to India for printing) World Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ); funded by  IFAD, EU and World Bank.Partners are Ministry of Livestock (GoK), University of Nairobi, ICRAF & Kenyatta University
5. Najma Dharani, Dr Rukunga, Prof Abiy and ICRAF Scientists January 2008 to July 2010 Research on Anti-malarial Trees and Shrubs of East Africa World Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ); funded by  IFAD, EU, World Bank;Partners KEMRI, University of Nairobi, GoK, ICRAF & Kenyatta University
6. Najma Dharani 1996 to 2006 Research on distribution and ecology, uses, description, traditional medicinal uses  of an “illustrated guide to Acacias of East Africa” -Research and field work funded by Graffins College, Nairobi-Kenya;-Editing, publishing, printing and distribution of book is funded by Striuk-Random House-Cape Town South Africa
7. Najma Dharani -1995 to 2002(First Edition)-2011 (Second revised Edition) Research on distribution and ecology, uses, description, traditional medicinal uses  of an “illustrated guide book to trees and shrubs of East Africa” -Research and field work funded by Graffins College, Nairobi-Kenya;- Editing, publishing, printing and distribution of book is funded by Striuk-Random House-Cape Town South Africa
  1. Publications

 

S/No. Author Yr. Title Journal ISBN/ISSNReference No.
PUBLISHED PAPERS          
1. Kennedy, Mwangi, John, Dharani 2013 Chemical composition of Annona senegalensis from Makeuni District in Kenya African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 9(26), pp. 4106-4109
2. Ermais, Dharani, Mathews 2012 The indigenous knowledge of the Maasai Ethnoveterinary diagnostic skills Journal of Human Ecology J.Hum. Ecol., 16(1): 43-48 (2012)
3. Dharani, N., et al 2010 Distribution of Zn and Cd levels in Soils and Acacia xanthophloea Benth, from Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination Toxicology Springer New York, USA. Vol, 3: 318 – 323
4. Dharani, N., et al 2008 Browsing impact of large herbivores on Acacia xanthophloea Benth in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. African Journal of Ecology-Blackwell Publishing Ltd-UK. Vol, 47: 184 – 191.
5. Dharani, N., et al 2007 The Distribution of Cu and Pb levels in Soils and Acacia xanthophloea Benth, from Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Bulletin Environmental Contamination Toxicology Springer New York, USA. Vol, 79: 172 – 177
6. Dharani, N., et al 2006 Structure and Composition of Acacia xanthophloea woodland in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. African Journal of Ecology-Blackwell Publishing Ltd-UK. Vol, 44: 523 – 530
7. Dharani,N. 2006 TheDebarking inLake NakuruNationalPark, Kenya.CONSERVATION. SWARA – EastAfrican WildlifeSociety-Kenya Vol, 29: 42 – 45
PUBLISHEDBOOKS          
1. Dharani, N. Nov2011,Feb 2012 Field Guide to common Trees and Shrubs of East Africa (2nd Edition,2nd print) Published by Struik Random House Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa ISBN:978 1 77007 888 8
2. Dharani, N., et al Jan 2011 Common Antimalarial Trees and Shrubs of East Africa –A description of species and a guide to cultivation and conservation through use Published by World Agro forestry Centre, Nairobi-Kenya ISBN:978 92 9059 238 9.
3 Dharani, N. and Yenesew, A. March 2010 Medicinal Plants of East Africa-An Illustrated Guide. Published by Najma Dharani in association with Drongo publishing, Nairobi-Kenya ISBN:978-9966-05-167-8.
4 Dharani, N. 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 & 2007, 2009, 2011 Field Guide to common Trees and Shrubs of East Africa (1st Edition) Published by Struik Random House Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa ISBN:1-86872 640 2.
5 Dharani, N. 2006 & 2007 Field Guide to Acacias of East Africa. (1st Edition) Published by Struik Random House Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa ISBN: 9781770071742
  1. Consultancy and community service

 

S/No. Consultant (s) Consulting Person/ Body/ Organization Year Title Consultancy Service
1. Najma Dharani World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF-HQ) 2010-To-date Working with farmer groups and Pastoral communities in East African region; giving lectures on the importance of biodiversity, importance of flora & fauna, consequences of deforestation, land degradation etc. Conduct practical workshop in the field —-teaching nursery practices, provide them with seeds, seedlings, bags to plant seedlings, sustainable wild seed harvesting, seedling management and importance of the natural resource management ((Volunteer y Service)
2. Najma Dharani Mara Naboisho conservancy- detailed vegetation report (Master plan) March 2012 Mara Base camp Foundation(CONTRIBUTION TO MASTER PLAN FOR MARA NABOISHO)
2. Najma Dharani Guide book to Nairobi Arboretum 2001-(1st Edition);2012 –(2nd Edition Contributed a chapter for the guide book on Arboretum Plants with photographs and proof reading of the book (Volunteery Service)
3. Najma Dharani Guide book to Nairobi City Park 2012 Contributed plant photographs for the guide book on City park and proof reading of the book (Volunteery Service)
4. Najma Dharani African Journal of Ecology 2009, 2011 Reviewing journal Articles
5. Najma Dharani Komba (Wildlife Club of Kenya Magazine for Secondary School Children) 2006to date Contributing articles on Medicinal and other useful plants for high school children’s magazine (Voluntary Service)
6. Najma Dharani World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF-HQ) 2005To date
  1. Produced posters on Medicinal, Timber and fruit plants, Research on Antimalarial, Ethnoveterinary, Indigenous Fruit and Evergreen Agriculture projects

 

  1. Affiliation to Professional Bodies

 

S/No Name of professional body
1. Africa, Asia, South America Natural Products Network (AFASSA)
2. American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) (member)
3. World Agroforestry Centre (WAC-HQ)
4 NAPRECA- Natural Product research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (member)

 

  1. Affiliation to the National Professional Environmental protection Bodies

 

S/No Name of professional body
1. NATURE KENYA- National Museums of Kenya (connecting nature & people)-Member
2. Kenya Museum Society (KMS) – Member
3. FONA –(Friends of Nairobi Arboretum)-Committee member
4 FONAP – (Friends of Nairobi National Park)
5. FoCP – (Friends of City Park) – Committee member
  1. National and International awards and Recognitions

 

S/No Name of award or Recognition Awarding Organization/Body Year
1. Best MSc. Student award University of Karachi 1988
2. “Science, Media and        Technology” His Highness Prince Aga Khan Ismaili Youth Awards for Excellence category 2002
3. Best selling Guide book award“Field Guide to common Trees and Shrubs of East Africa (1st Edition)” Struik Random House Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa (Seven  Reprints from June 2002 to Nov 2011 2011
  1. Supervision of postgraduate students

 

S/No Name of student Thesis title Status of project (e.g. First year etc)
1. Kathiai Joseph KaraukaREG.NO. 85/1360/2009  Integrated of Trees with Food Crops in Different Agro-ecological Systems: A comparative Analysis of Soil fertility in Kenya Submitted final PhD. thesis – KU-(ERC student)
2. Mutunga Christopher NdoloREG.NO.N50/21206/2010 Socio-economic and biophysical factors affecting tree diversity on farms in mwala, kangundo and machakos divisions, Machakos county, Kenya. Submitted final MSc. MSc. thesis (ENS) KU
3. Wanyera John Francis,Bsc, Msc. Climate variability and anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems and eco-tourism in protected areas: a case of bwindi impenetrable national park, uganda Ongoing PhD. Project (University of Nairobi), Started in October 2012
4. Kiptore Dominic KiprotichN50/CTY/PT/24877/2011 The effects of horticulture farming on the water and soil quality along river chepsito-tilatil, koibatek district in baringo county MSc. Project (ENS) KU (Ongoing)
5. Tabitha MageroN50/21206/2010 Determination of pollination deficit in coffee plantation at Kilimambogo, Kenya MSc. Project (ENS) KU (Ongoing)
6. Linus Kariuki Njeru Securing populations and habitats forenhanced meta-population management of critically endangered eastern sub-species of black rhinocerous (Diceros bicornis michaeli groves 1967) in Kenya PhD. (ENS) KU(Ongoing)
7. Carol Jeruto RotichN50/CTY/PT/23013/11 Distribution, diversity and integration of traditional knowledge on indigenous medicinal plants and their contribution to primary healthcare and livelihoods of rural communities in marigat district, kenya MSc. Project (ENS) KU (Ongoing)
  1. Supervision of postgraduate (MSc.) students who have completed and graduated

 

S/No Name of student Thesis title MSc. Students graduated
1. Raphael Wanjala WanyonyiREG.NO. N50/15/427/2008 Impact of Human Population on Land Degradation in Lugari District, Western Province, Kenya MSc. Project (KU)(Project finished (Student graduated in December 2012)
2. Pamella Wambui KunyugaREG.NO. N50/12342/2009 Assesment of Genetic Diversity of Sorghum bicolor landraces from Tanzania using SSR markers: Implications for conservation MSc. Project – KU-(ECD student). (Student graduated in December 2012)
3. Demissew T. GebreyohannesREG.NO. N50/12313/2009 Distribution, Diversity and Integrationof  Traditional Knowledge on Indigenous Medicinal Plants and their contribution to primary healthcare and livelihoods of rural communities in Central Kajiado, Kenya MSc. Project – University of Nairobi).(student graduated in August 2013)

 

  1. Assigned as an Internal Examiner

 

S/No Name of student Thesis title Year
1. Mr Ngumi David Muigai  Germination and growth performance of selected provenances of Osyris lanceolata in Kenya (MSc. thesis) November 2011
2. Mr Samuel Jacob Muthuri Kirera Analysis of some physical soil properties on water availability in Ngaciuma-Kinyaritha sub-catchment, Upper Tana Basin, Kenya (MSc. thesis) November 2011
3. Ms Regina Nthambi Maingi Opportunities and Challenges of scaling up Jatropha curcas L. for environmental management and enhanced livelihoods in Kibwezi, Kenya (MSc thesis) Student’s defence-University Examination SenateOctober 2010
4. Esther W. Mugi Integrating indigenous and conventional knowledge-based climate forecasts for farmers enhanced adaption to climate variability in Tharaka-Nithi and Kitui counties January 20th 2014
  1. Assigned as an External Examiner

 

S/No Name of student Thesis title Year
1. Mr. Simon F. Nguru Wandeto(School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi)  Developing strategies for restoration of a disturbed site in Kakamega forest using Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fungi (AMF) December 2013
2. Mr. Felix Shikhuyu Abdalla(School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi) Comparative autecology of tree species using leaf and wood traits within nine forest of the Taita Hills June 2014

 

REFERENCES

1. Prof. J.I.Kinyamario

Department of Biological Sciences

P.O. Box 30197

Tel: 254-2-442016 ext. 2470

University of Nairobi

Cell phone: 0723072080

E-mail: [email protected]

 

2. Dr. Dennis Garrity

UN Drylands Ambassador

Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre

Chair, EverGreen Agriculture Partnership

UN Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 30677–00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: (+254 20) 722 4000, Fax: (+254 20) 722 4001,

Email: [email protected]

www.worldagroforestry.org

 

3. Prof. Jameela HassanAli B.DSJDDS (EDin.)

Department of Human Anatomy

P O Box 30197

University of Nairobi

Tel: 254-2- 43544/43185/6/7

Cell phone: 0733732731

E-mail: [email protected]

 

 

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