Organisation

Established in 2012, SustaiNet is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with legal licenses to operate in Kenya and Uganda. We furthermore operate through partnerships with local companies and actors in Rwanda, Tanzania and DRC, and are in the process of establishing legal presence in these countries. We are also establishing a branch in Ireland to establish a presence within the European Union.

The wider SustaiNet Group includes SustaiNet East Africa (SNEA). SNEA was originally established as a GIZ-supported Sustainable Agriculture Information Initiative network of agricultural sector NGOs in East Africa, and was registered in Kenya as an independent NGO in 2005.

SNEA currently supports a range of rural community projects in Western Kenya in partnership with the German NGO NAK Karitativ and other partners. Find out more information about SNEA on www.sustainetea.org.

We recently expanded the company’s ownership structure to include two directors, and have also expanded our management structure to include a Business Development Manager. We currently employ 15 highly qualified and motivated programme, administrative and logistical staff and advisors at our headquarters and at the project level.

Tom Apina

Executive Director and Founder of SustaiNet

Tom holds a M.Sc. Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, a B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering and a Diploma in Project Management. Tom has over 11 years working with international and regional agencies in the areas of sustainable agricultural development with a focus on agribusiness development; sector policy development in a devolved context; regional agricultural development; knowledge information management and dissemination; project based M&E among other competencies. In addition to his capacity as the Executive Director of SustaiNet Group, Tom has undertaken several assignment with international consultancy firms either as a short-term or long-term expert. Tom has vast experience in project design and implementation, which has been a major factor behind the success of the NGO wing of SustaiNet Group. Tom has work experience from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Jens Rydder

Director
Business Development

With a background in Political Science and Public Administration, Jens has more than 20 years’ experience in governance and sector coordination, agricultural and rural development, value chain development, rural infrastructure and environmental services. This includes long and short-term assignments for multilateral and bilateral development organizations, consulting companies and NGOs in East Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia. In Kenya, Jens has primarily supported agricultural policy development, sector coordination and devolution, with a specific focus on commercialization and marketorientation of Kenyan agriculture. Jens has proven experience in programme design, review and management ranging from large-scale sector programmes to NGO programmes, and a technical focus on institutional assessment, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, networking and capacity building for organizations at all levels..

George Amolo

Business Development Manager

George has over 10 years professional experience in consulting management contributing to business
developments and project/program management within Eastern Africa. He holds a Masters in Project Management and a BA in Economics and Sociology. He is well versed in international donor procedures and work environment having implemented several complex donor funded projects in agriculture and rural development, social, economic and environmental development. He is experienced in business development and project cycle managing all aspects of local, regional and international projects funded by Private sector, government institutions and international donors i.e. the USAID, EU/EC, World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, DANIDA, DFID, BTC, GIZ and Trademark East Africa, among others.