Prof. Linnet Gohole
Director, University of Eldoret, Eldoret Town Campus
Prof. Linnet Gohole is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Entomology and Integrated Pest Management from the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology, University of Eldoret.
She holds a Doctorate degree in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (Agricultural Entomology) from Wageningen University in The Netherlands, Master of Science in Zoology and Bachelor of Education Science in Zoology & Botany from Kenyatta University. Her academic research in these levels was focused on integrated management of insect pests.
Prof. Gohole has served in various academic positions within the University of Eldoret where she started her career as a Junior Research Fellow and her most recent position as an Associate Professor. She has supervised over 32 postgraduate students and examined over 28 theses both locally and internationally. She has published 31 articles in reputable refereed journals and 20 articles in other publications, her interest mainly focusing on integrated management of crop pests and agroecology. She is the former Director of Research & Innovation at University of Eldoret. She belongs to and is an active member of 4 international and 3 local professional bodies ranging from entomological, agriculture-related to multidisciplinary. She is the international representative on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Entomological Society of America and a beneficiary of the prestigious Norman Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship. She is the Regional Representative for the East and Southern Africa (ESAf) Community of Practice (CoP) of the McKnight Foundation – Collaborative Crop Research Programme (CCRP), where she is in charge of training, administration, monitoring and evaluation of the CCRP projects within the East African Regions (Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda).
Prof. Gohole is a firm believer and advocate for research that meets and satisfies the needs of the society, making it as participatory as possible, being relevant and easy to the end-users thus encouraging the uptake of the recommendations and results. She envisions a future where farmers will be empowered to take the lead in determining their own research agenda. She advocates for mentoring of the next generation of agriculturalists and scientists, encouraging them to exceed their potential in limitless ways and getting them to engage in entrepreneurial activities using the resources that they have at hand.