Sarah Murabula Achola, Faith Karanja and Tino Petri, Kenya



Hello, my name is Sarah Murabula Achola. I was born and raised in Nairobi, although my family and I frequently visited our rural home in Busia. The frequent travelling from Nairobi to Busia sparked a deep love for geography and rural community lifestyles. I hold a Bachelors degree in Environmental Planning and Management from Kenyatta University and I am currently enrolled at the University of Nairobi for a Master of Science degree in Climate Change. My future goals entail pursuit of my PhD studies and the continuation of research on climate change issues and its impacts on agriculture and water resources. My hobbies include; nature watching; travelling; reading; watching plays and cooking.

Faith Karanja

Hello, my name is Faith Karanja from Kenya. I was born and brought up in Njoro, now in Nakuru Country. I did my primary education in Njoro then proceeded to Alliance Girls high school for my high school education. I have a Ph.D in Geoinformatics from the University of Hannover Germany, Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, MSc. in Surveying and Photogrammetry and a BSc. in Surveying and Photogrammetry all from the University of Nairobi. In addition I have a Masters in Business Administration (Project Managment) from Kenyatta University. Im currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geospatial and Space Technology, University of Nairobi, involved in training, research and consultancy in the fields of Remote Sensing and GIS. Im repositioning myself to be at the forefront in advocating the use of geospatial technologies to create awareness, educate and empower people of all gender and age to take responsibility of their resources including the environment. My motivation being spatial information is power but even more powerful is spatial information generated with the inputs of the beneficiaries. In my free time, I love to go to the gym, read novels or magazines, listen to music and be with my family. 

Tino Johansson 
Hello, my name is Tino Johansson. I was born in Rauma which is a small coastal town in Western Finland. I have a PhD degree in Geography from the University of Helsinki. My interest areas include natural resource management, human-wildlife conflicts, participatory GIS and education. Currently, I work at the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya where I coordinate a four-year research and development project on Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa. My future goals include having an opportunity to work with international research and development projects. My preferred leisure time activities are hiking, cycling, tennis, reading and going to safaris.

Our research is titled “Use of Participatory GIS in the Viability Assessment of Available Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Taita Hills.” Its main objective is to help build the capacity of the local community in Taita in their choice of sustainable climate change adaptation strategies.