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John Westley Magugu, PhD, MBA Honored for Distinction in Sustainability

Dr. Magugu is a consultant and the Grains Quality Risk Program Manager for MARS Petcare

He is the author of a peer-reviewed paper on agroforestry technology that has been cited more than a dozen times.

    SAN ANTONIO, TX, May 06, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- John Westley Magugu, PhD, MBA has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Magugu is an environmental safety and sustainability expert currently working in consulting and as the grains quality risk program manager for MARS Petcare. Motivated by a desire to make the world a better place, Dr. Magugu earned a bachelor of science in agroforestry and rural development at Moi University before relocating to the United States to pursue a Master of Science in urban forestry at Southern University and A&M College. In 2016, he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in environmental dynamics by the University of Arkansas, and in 2022, Dr. Magugu completed an additional Master of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. In addition to his degrees, Dr. Magugu has completed more than ten additional industry credentials and continuing education courses.

In 2009, Dr. Magugu accepted his first professional role as a project coordinator at Turkwel Gorge Hydroelectric Dam, where he was responsible for treating gullies and planting more than 200,000 trees. During this period, he also worked with Kenya Commercial Bank as a sales team lead, ultimately bringing in over 400 new clients including, 50 small scale female and youth entrepreneurs. He also held research associate roles with both Plan International and the World Agroforest Center. After completing his Master's degree, Dr. Magugu became an independent carbon footprint consultant at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He would later consultant for K& K Farm Service, Inc., while also serving as a Post Doctoral, Grain Quality, Extension, and Sustainability Research manager for the University of Arkansas' Agricultural Rice Research and Extension Center, a role he held between 2016 and 2019. After spending a year as an agricultural subject matter expert consulting for Winrock International, Dr. Magugu became the principal and natural climate solutions lead for Edge Environment and a resident consultant for the Gerson Lehrman Group in 2021.

As a rising star in his field, Dr. Magugu has served as a reviewer for the Agroforestry Systems Journal since 2016 and is a longtime member of the Arkansas Academy of Sciences and the Decision Support System for Agro-Technology Transfer Community. He is the author of a peer-reviewed paper on agroforestry technology that has been cited more than a dozen times, and has led climate change-focused curriculum development efforts around the globe. Dr. Magugu credits his success to his resilience, grit, and a relentless pursuit of his passions, and he remains committed to working to reduce global poverty and climate change throughout his career. In the coming years, he hopes to partner with an organization such as the United Nations Food Development Programme to work on global food insecurity infrastructure, and eventually hopes to return to Kenya in order to give back through research and policy work.

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