Robert Owino is a development practitioner specializing in rural communities and is the Director at Community Initiative Support Services (CISS) overseeing implementation of various projects focusing on sustainable development. AHERI is a project under CISS which offers a unique opportunity of knowledge transfer where research projects benefit the community directly. Robert is a PhD candidate and undertook his master’s degree in Research and Development in Higher Education from Kassel University in Germany in 2012. He worked on a number of national and international research projects while based at the International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER) Germany. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Community development from Daystar University in 1999. Robert is a senior Fellow of African Good Governance Network, AGGN comprises a group of highly educated African academics who have either studied or are still studying in Germany. He founded Africa Higher Education Research Institute (AHERI) in 2010 by establishing a team of multidisciplinary academicians from across Africa to focus on higher education as a field of study. The main aim of the researchers is to make higher education relevant to development. He believes that Africa’s social economic development is only possible with home grown solutions through innovations. AHERIs call is to apply scientific rigor in setting Africa’s development agenda while preserving dignity, recognizes societal values and driven by African interests.