Professor Rutenberg is a registered Attorney with the California State Bar. He practices before the USPTO. He works with ARIPO and familiar with the PCT and TRIPS agreements. He is a contributing author to The Exchange in Kenya providing IP-related columns. Further still, he is an ale, California providing client-centered IP services to companies, research institutions, and universities based in the US and Kenya; and preparing patent prosecution advisory letters to US, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Professor Rutenberg has a Ph.D., Chemistry, from the California Institute of Technology, J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, B.S., Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines and a B.S., Mathematics/Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines. His publications include among others "Encouraging Innovation with Patents," Understanding Intellectual Property," special publication for the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya among others.
Reint BAKEMA is a development practitioner with over 25 years working experience in Africa, Asia and South America. He held positions as technical advisor, manager and associate consultant. His professional experience includes agricultural and environmental research, aid effectiveness, institutional assessments, and organisational change and development. He is well versed with PCM, PBA/SWAp and General & Sector Budget Support, and with donor procedures. He has managed large and complex EC programmes, and is fully conversant with the rules and procedures of the EDF, Stabex, and budget support operations. He is a certified trainer for the European Commission on Aid Delivery Methods and Aid Effectiveness, and the Joint Learning Programme for SWAps.
Prof. Aman Gebru is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. His SJD dissertation focuses on IP Law, bioprospecting and knowledge documentation and frameworks for the protection of traditional medicinal knowledge. He is a Global Justice Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a fellow of the Center for Innovation and Policy, both at the University of Toronto. He is also a Doctoral Student Scholarship Recipient at the International Law Research Program of the Center for International Governance Innovation. Aman received an LLM in intellectual property laws and policies from the University of Washington in Seattle and wrote his thesis on the international access and benefit sharing agreement on the teff genetic resource. Aman has an LLB from Haramaya University in Ethiopia. He has teaching experience in intellectual property law (domestic and international), international investment law and law and development. In the past, he has been involved with Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) - a land rights non-profit based in Seattle, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Dr. M. Mwalimu is the CEO/Co-Founder of URDT girls school and the first African Rural University for Women. He is an ASHOKA Fellow and has served as a NAADS Chairman in Uganda. He achieved a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in 1983. Then he studied Visionary Leadership, Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning in the United States and Canada. He proceeded to receive his MSc in Development Management from The Open University, U.K. In May 2009 he was awarded with an honorary Doctorate (PhD) of Environmental Citizenship and Leadership by Unity College, Maine, USA.
Stuart Cohen is a writer, photographer and communications consultant based in Massachusetts, U.S.A. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in psychology, his most recent book is The Seventh System. The Thinking Person's Guide to the Human Emotional System, the Human Emotional System, . He had a 25 year career as a commercial and editorial photographer for business and publishing. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.