Benson Kenduiywo

Benson Kenduiywo is a Data Science specialist with over 13 years experience offering spatial data related solutions including surveying, mapping, remote sensing, machine learning, crop modelling, and index insurance. He is interested in the use of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to build spatial solutions in Agriculture and beyond.
Earlier in his career, Benson worked as a lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology department of Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems in Kenya teaching remote sensing, Geographic Information Science, Geostatistics, digital image processing amongst other courses and mentored many BSc., MSc., and PhD Students to completion. During his postdoctoral tenure at the University of California Davis, he developed an Earth observation tool that supports quality index insurance certification. He also worked with SERVIR East & Southern Africa, scaling up maize yield prediction using Earth observation data.
Currently at the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT, he leads and supports spatial and related data analysis for the Climate Security Observatory (CSO), Livestock and Climate, Fragility Migration and Conflict amongst other initiatives. In addition, he is the lead for East Africa region stationed in Nairobi where he helps coordinate CGIAR climate security activities and engagement with partners in East Africa.
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany
MSc, Geo-informatics, University of Twente, ITC, The Netherlands
BSc, Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya

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