Dr. Woldeyesus Sinebo / Programme Officer

 Dr. Woldeyesus Sinebo

Dr. Woldeyesus Sinebo

Dr. Woldeyesus Sinebois the Programme Officer for Agricultural Biosafety, he is based at the ABNE Kampala node. Before joining ABNE, Dr. Sinebo was the Director of Crops Research at the Southern Agricultural Research Institute in Ethiopia. Prior to that, he was a Senior Researcher and Head of Agricultural Technology Intellectual Property Management Office at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. From November 2003 – November 2005, Dr. Sinebo was a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Yokohama, Japan. Dr. Sinebo has researched policy issues pertaining to agricultural biotech transfer to Africa, intellectual property rights, access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, biosafety, and the interplay among biosafety, trade and intellectual property rights. Sinebo has participated in national regulatory and legislative development processes pertaining to biosafety proclamation, the revised seed law, and the revision of plant breeders’ rights in Ethiopia. He has attended regional and sub-regional meetings on draft African Model Law on Biosafety and on “Regional Approach to Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa”. Sinebo has a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, an MSc in Crop Physiology from the University of Reading and a BSc in Plant Sciences from Addis Ababa University. Post-PhD (in 2010), he obtained a Master’s degree in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology from Università Politecnica Delle Marche, Ancona, Italy (conducted in collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization). Sinebo has short term training certificates on intellectual property and patent drafting from the World Intellectual Property Organization. Dr Sinebo is an Ethiopian, married with children.