Obonyo, Esther

Obonyo, Esther
Associate Professor (Engineering Design and Architectural Engr); Global Programs’ Strategic Initiatives Director for WEFs NEXUS (East Africa)
The Pennsylvania State University
Global Programs
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Dr Obonyo served as the Interim Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program from January to August 2017 while concurrently working in Office of the Vice Provost for Global Program Office as Penn State’s Inaugural Global Faculty Fellow. Dr Obonyo was a 2015/ 2016 Jefferson Science Fellow placed with the USAID Global Development Lab in DC. She served as a Senior Science Advisor on the Digital Development for Feed the Future (D2FtF) team. D2FtF is a collaboration between the USAID’s Global Development Lab and the Bureau of Food Security. Dr Obonyo also worked with the Research Partnerships for Development Team under the Center for Data, Analysis, and Research on issues related to improving the generation and use of scientific research to address development challenges. Between August 2004 and July 2015, she was a faculty member at the University of Florida's (UF) Rinker School of Construction Management, first serving as Assistant Professor until her promotion to the rank of associate professor in 2012. While at UF, she also served as a faculty entrepreneurship Fellow at College of Business. Beyond her academic credentials, Dr. Obonyo has extensive industry experience from working for several engineering and construction companies in Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States.