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Steven Were Omamo

Steven Were Omamo
Manera Farm, Utonga, Siaya County, Kenya
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  • Ph.D., Stanford University, USA, 1995
  • M.A., Stanford University, USA, 1992
  • M.S., University of Connecticut, USA, 1988
  • B.S., California State University, Fresno, USA, 1986

Current experience:

New Growth International Ltd: From January 2022

CEO: Founded in 2007, and with offices in Nairobi and Chicago, New Growth International (NGI, is a management consulting firm that serves public, private, and civil society organizations in the agrifood and education industries, helping clients find and navigate innovative pathways to enhanced performance. NGI experts have served the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Stonebridge International, the World Bank, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the UN World Food Programme, the Meridian Institute, the International Water Management Institute, the University of KwaZulu Natal, Sandy Hook Promise, City University of Hong Kong, Lawrence University, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, the University of Delaware, and the University of Chicago.

Virginia Tech: From February 2022

Adjunct Professor: Leveraging my networks and experience in international development and humanitarian action: collaborate with faculty and students in design and implementation of development research projects and contribute to publications that emerge from these projects; support resource mobilization for research and training projects; contribute to relevant online courses and modules; contribute to professional development initiatives for students.


  • 2022 Hot Seat News Person of the Year
  • 2022 Distinguished Alumnus Award, California State University, Fresno
  • 2022 Certificate of Recognition, Senate of the State of California
  • Keynote Speaker, UN Week, Occidental College, 2020
  • Commencement Speaker, University of Connecticut School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2014
  • Award for Excellence from Council of Ministers of Agriculture of the Common Market for Eastern and
  • Southern Africa (COMESA), March 2005
  • Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Research Fellowship in International Agriculture, 1996-98
  • American Agricultural Economics Association Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, 1996
  • Rockefeller Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1990-95
  • Agricultural Honors Society, University of Connecticut, 1987
  • Most Outstanding International Student, Class of 1986, California State University, Fresno

Steven Were Omamo - 2022. At the Center of the World in Ethiopia. Nairobi: Richardson-Omamo Books.

Steven Were Omamo and Alexander Mills - 2022. Thematic Priorities and Distributions of Public Investments for Food System Transformation in Africa. NGI Technical Note. July 2022. Nairobi and Chicago: New Growth International.

Steven Were Omamo and Alexander Mills - 2022. Investment Targets for Food System Transformation in Africa. NGI Technical Note. June 2022. Nairobi and Chicago: New Growth International.