Bensolomon Karanja Baraka

PhD Candidate

Bensolomon Karanja Baraka

PhD Candidate

Bensolomon Baraka is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sandra Transchel and Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou.  Baraka started his studies at Kühne Logistics University in September 2022 with his research focussing on improving the participation of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa agricultural supply chains. Prior to joining KLU, Baraka graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Master of Science in Agriculture and Applied Economics. His master’s thesis focussed on understanding the effects of transaction costs to smallholder farmers' participation in vegetable supply chains in Kenya. Baraka has presented about his work on improving food and nutrition security through supply chain optimization in various conferences and similarly gained practical experience working for the international humanitarian agency, UNICEF and the agricultural research organisations, CGIAR. Baraka currently works in the East and Southern Africa region to improve supply chain optimization practices in agricultural development projects as a staff member of HELP Logistics. 

Education

Since 2022PhD candidate at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2016 -  2019   Collaborative Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
2012 - 2015Bachelor of Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Juja, Kenya
2007 - 2010High School Diploma, Mang'u High School, Juja, Kenya

Professional Experience

Since 2017    Supply Chain Consultant, Agriculture and Food Systems, HELP Logistics, East and Southern African Region
2016 - 2016         Project Research Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation, CGIAR's African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD), Nairobi, Kenya
2015 - 2015Social Protection Intern, Monitoring and Evaluation, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Somalia
2014 - 2014Intern, Monitoring and Evaluation, African Development Solutions (ADESO), Kenya & Somalia