Sara Farley Deconstructs Network Difficulties at AAAS Annual Meeting

Every year, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, thousands of scientists, researchers, and policymakers gather to discuss the year’s most exciting, challenging, and relevant developments. This year, at the Boston event (held February 14-18)  GKI Chief Operating Officer Sara Farley joined an intriguingly-named panel titled “A Tale of Two Networks: Connecting the African Drylands, Rio de Janeiro, and Women.” Sara offered insight on GKI’s research on distributed networks working to solve challenges and our own experience forging networks spread across East Africa, Southeast Asia, North America, and elsewhere.  She discussed some of the most vexing challenges in developing and managing international STI networks.  The current literature and GKI fieldwork point to a number of common challenges: competing incentives, communication breakdowns, lack of knowledge-sharing, and the difficulty of network measurement.   Sara showed how—through our on-the-ground experiences—we have wrestled with these issues. We were excited that Sara was able to present alongside notables such as Jesse Njoka, director of the Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies at the University of Nairobi; Cardinal Warde, MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and President of the Caribbean Science Foundation; and Noshir Contractor, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University.  Dr. Contractor’s presentation on the central roles of actors within a network dovetails particularly well with GKI work in network optimization.  You can see some of his exciting (and we think very helpful) work here. Contributors: Peter Glover and Andrew Gerard […]

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Kenyatta University and GKI sign Memorandum of Understanding

At a ceremony held at Kenyatta University on January 10, 2013 GKI Chief Operating Officer Sara Farley and Kenyatta University Deputy Vice Rector Prof. John Okumu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) linking the two organizations. The partnership came about through the LINK (Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions) program, the third round of which Kenyatta University lecturer Dr. Kennedy Mwetu won in June 2012. The MOU marks the beginning of a relationship that will hopefully move beyond LINK Round III and spawn many more LINK partnerships. Kenyatta University Dean of the School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development Prof. Waceke Wanjohi expressed her hope that this would be the case, as did Sara Farley. We are very happy to have the opportunity to announce this new partnership. This MOU signing was part of a larger, two-week intensive that GKI carried out with Dr. Mwetu and his LINK Team. More information and updates coming soon. […]

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