Dr. Kiome is a well-known figure in Kenyan agriculture and natural resources programming. He’s served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Kenya Agriculture Research Institute. He was permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture between 2006 – 2013. More recently he’s led the thinking in support of CGIAR Centers in Africa and contributed to the East African Livestock Research Strategy. He presently serves a “Chief of Party” for a USAID Feed the Future Program.
His education started in Nairobi and further degrees took him to the Netherlands and UK with a doctorate from the University of East Anglia.
He has been recognized with Presidential Awards and received the Silver Star, the Moran of the Burning Spear, and Chief of the Burning Spear most recently in 2006.
Romano is a son and resident of the greater Laikipia landscape and is building a home on the slope of Mt. Kenya in Meru County, not far from the border with Laikipia/Nanyuki. Romano is married to Susan Wanja Mungiiria, and they have a son, daughter in-law and two grandchildren.
What is exceptional about our new Chair is his non-nonsense approach to leadership, his extensive service to board leadership and strategic thinking, his extensive networks and affiliations with Kenya government and donors, and his prowess in the development of programs that are well-funded.
“My vision for the Laikipia Forum is a dynamic, efficient and effective institution serving the Upper Ewaso Nyg’iro Ecosystem and that environmentally balanced and sustainable, harmonious and prosperous.