Dr Felister Makini holds a BSc in Botany and Chemistry from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, MSc in Plant Pathology from Georgia State University, USA and a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Greenwich, UK. She is the Deputy Director General, Crops in the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) that was established after the merger of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Coffee Research Foundation, Tea Research Foundation and Kenya Sugar Research Foundation.
She is responsible for crops research that includes technology development and transfer, promotion of the establishment and strengthening of strategic partnerships along the research development to utilization continuum and along the agricultural product value chains (APVC), an approach adopted by KALRO. Prior to her current position, she worked as the Deputy Director Outreach and Partnerships in KARI. She has a lot of experience in research of over 30 years and has won several awards and commendations both in management as having the best managed centre during her tenure as Centre Director, KARI and scientist as well as a Presidential Award, the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) for her achievements and contribution to society. In addition, she won two awards as Country Winner in Agricultural Sector of CEO’s Global Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2017 Awards and Regional Winner in Agricultural Sector of CEO’s Global Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2017 Awards. Together with other scientists, she has won several grants, presented and published several papers and books. She has sat in various local and international boards and committees including a university council as well as organized several conferences/events including being a Member of the International Organising Committee and Chairperson of the Local Planning Committee of the International Conference, Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services: Linking Knowledge to Policy and Action for Food and Livelihoods, 15 – 18 November 2011, Nairobi, Kenya. She has supervised both MSc and PhD students.