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President

Dr. Saliou Niassy

Dr. Saliou Niassy is a Senegalese national. He holds an MSc in Natural Sciences and a Postgraduate degree in Zoology from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD and a PhD in Zoology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology JKUAT in Kenya through the ARPPIS-DAAD-icipe programme (2008-2011). Dr. Saliou joined University of Pretoria in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, to coordinate the Research Network on Climate Change in African Mountains AfroMont, funded by the FAO and the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI). After establishing successfully the AfroMont Network, he took a second Postdoctoral fellowship at the International Centre of Insect Physiology-icipe in Nairobi, under an African Union funded project on Grain legumes in 2013. In late 2014, Saliou was appointed a Research Scientist, Head of the Technology Transfer Unit under an IFAD funded project, in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Dr. Saliou also has served as the Coordinator of the Land Matrix Initiative, one of the most prominent global and independent land monitoring Initiative in the world competition on Large Scale Land Investments between September 2015-June 2017.

Dr. Saliou is currently the Head of the Technology Transfer Unit (TTU) icipe, which is cross-cutting for the center.

Dr. Saliou is a pan Africanist, trained and working in Africa. His research interest encompasses agriculture and rural Development, food Security and poverty alleviation. Currently, he is the President of the African Association of Insect Scientists AAIS and has been the secretary general of the same association since 2013. Dr. Saliou speaks fluently, French and English, Wolof and Diola and a little bit of Swahili and German.