Beatrice Khayota is a Principal Research Scientist at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). She holds a PhD and MSc in Botany and a MSc in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As a research scientist, she is responsible for developing project proposals and obtaining funding for research, equipment and training. She has published in the field of Botany, taxonomy, biodiversity conservation and management, with special focus on the Family Orchidaceae, and Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) of species threatened by international trade.
Dr Khayota has been an employee of NMK for over 33 years and has risen through the ranks of Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist and Principal Research Scientist. She has held senior administrative positions within the institution, such as the Head of the East African Herbarium and Head of Department, Centre for Biodiversity and has served on institutional senior management Committees, including Deputy Project Manager to the Director General, for the EU funded National Museums of Kenya Support Programme (NMKSP). Key among her roles is the initiation and coordination of multidisciplinary biodiversity research projects and programmes such as Google Global Impact Award, Barcode of Wildlife Project Kenya (BWPK) and USAID funded PEER Project, of which she is the Principal Investigator (PI). Dr Khayota is a member of several National and Regional Technical Committees and served as the institutional Focal Person for various Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) that Kenya is a signatory to. Subsequently, she represents the Institution, Kenya and occasionally Africa in major national, regional and international meetings.