Dr. Silas Obukosia is the Business Manager of NEPAD Agency ABNE. He holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Pennsylvania State University, USA; MSc. in Genetics and Plant Breeding, and BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi. He has attended several short courses in Biosafety and Intellectual Property Rights at Michigan State University and in Kenya.
Prior to joining ABNE, he worked with Africa Harvest as Director of Regulatory Affairs in Africa Biofortified Sorghum Project funded by Bill Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, he was the Biotechnology Advisor for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to its Kenya Biotechnology Program encompassing Research, Biosafety and Communications. He also worked as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Nairobi he taught courses in biotechnology and molecular Biology.
His research experience at the University involved development of laboratory and commercial procedures for producing citrus greening- free seedlings using tissue culture and molecular biology approaches, development of genomics of Kenyan strains of Liberobacter africanum, pathogenic strains that cause the citrus greening disease, development of indexing procedures for the same pathogen. Silas has published several papers in both scientific refereed journals and proceeding and published three training manuals in field of biotechnology. Recent Publication.