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Horace Owiti Onyango

Affiliations and Roles

Ph.D. Candidate, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Graduate Mentor

Affirming Pronouns: He/Him

Research/Industry Interests: Food and nutrition economics, natural resource economics, development economics, conservation, fisheries management, trade , socio-cultural issues, fisheries policy

About Me: My name is Horace Owiti Onyango. I am currently a PhD student in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Cornell University since August 2021. My academic background is in risk management and economics while my work experience relates to how these two aspects
support sustainable management of fisheries resources. I am a Kenyan; with a first degree in Actuarial Science (Maseno University, Kenya) and a master’s degree in International and Development Economics (University of Namur, Belgium). I have worked as a fisheries socio-economist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) for the past ten (10) years. My work as a researcher at KMFRI has enabled me to interact with people at different levels, including artisanal and commercial fishers, fish farmers, processors and traders, resource managers, students, policy makers, among others. These interactions have broadened my understanding of resource management and shaped my career focus in this field. Though I joined research as an inexperienced young graduate, I have greatly benefited from mentorship by various authorities in my field. Through this, I have developed better work ethics and research skills necessary to meet the rigor of my scientific career. Looking back in time, I often wonder how I would have been by now if I had not met some selfless and dedicated peers and mentors who offered me relentless support and encouragement. It is on this premise that I joyfully offer myself to be of assistance in the academic or professional journey of any interested student who may benefit from my knowledge and experience through mentorship. Thank you.