Good bye, Bonface; welcome, Vivian!

Bid farewell to Bonface Nyagah who was a programme officer in the In-Country/In-Region scholarship programme and who left the DAAD Regional Office for Africa at the end of January 2019. His successor is Vivian Magero.

This is what the two of them have to say:

Bonface:

At the end of January 2019, after fifteen years at the DAAD Nairobi office, I moved on to a new challenge in my career.

This was not an easy decision for me to make. since The DAAD colleagues and community became family.

I had very wonderful, most interesting and inspiring years where I met and interreacted with many DAAD colleagues, scholars and people from all walks of life.

Some of the DAAD scholars became the “crème de la crème” in the academic fields, global research, university management and leadership in society.

These results and achievements of the scholars gave me a lot of job satisfaction and brought meaning to everything I did in my time at DAAD Nairobi. I am pleased that I was given the opportunity to grow my career and contribute my share in improving and growing the In-country/In-region scholarship programme.

The entire DAAD family (DAAD colleagues, scholarship holders and alumni) will remain an indispensable part of my life and I feel honored to have had the chance to serve them.

I thank all of you for the support and cooperation that you gave me in my work. I take with me good memories, experiences, knowledge, wisdom and contacts to the next adventures in my life.

Vivian:

I am the newest member of  the DAAD Regional Office for Africa: I joined the team in February as the Programme Officer for In-Country/In-Region Scholarships for university staff development, African Scientific Networks and Post-doctorate fellowships.

Before joining DAAD, I worked in both not-for-profit and private sectors on development and public finance management issues. I focused on transparency, accountability and participatory budgeting and governance in use of public resources. I am a DAAD Alumna with a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Potsdam University in Germany.

I have a passion for social security, education and health policies, institutions and processes with a focus on public finance and service delivery. I am an advocate on issues affecting children with sickle cell anemia and help raise awareness around the disease. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling trips and like to organise get-togethers for causes I care about.