Julie M.K. Ojango

Julie Ojango is an Animal Genetics and Breedinga scientist working at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) who has more than ten years of continuous advancement in livestock genetic improvement in developing countries, and a proven track record of applying appropriate practical mix of technologies that meet the industry needs. Prior to working at ILRI, she was a senior lecturer of animal sciences at Egerton University in Kenya. She has excellent skills in livestock data management and quantitative analyses, and well versed in dairy cattle and small ruminant production systems found in developing countries. She also has a good understanding of gender sensitivities and issues related to sustainable improvement of livestock for improved livelihoods in challenging environments. Julie is actively involved with livestock producers through the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization, and has been instrumental in ensuring a national database on various livestock is maintained. She has supervised several MSc and PhD student projects both nationally and internationally. She holds a PhD degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding from the University of London in the UK, and an MSc in the same field from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She has good leadership and strong knowledge sharing skills, and strives to impart information to transform the livestock sector and develop a next generation of scientists to help change the management and use of animal genetic resources in developing countries.