Mr Samuel E. Timpo is a senior programme officer with the NEPAD Agency African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), which supports African Union member states build functional biosafety regulatory systems. He also served as an associate director for ABNE. Mr Timpo is responsible for the socio-economic aspects of biosafety and biosafety communication. His areas of professional interest include regulating agricultural biotechnology, agricultural economics, entrepreneurship and communication. He has been involved in biosafety capacity building efforts in Africa for over a decade. Mr Timpo served as research lead for a team of researchers from the NEPAD Agency, Michigan State University and the University of Idaho who examined factors influencing the differential ability of sub-Saharan African countries to implement functional regulatory systems for biotechnology.
He also previously worked as a socio-economist with the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission for seven years. During his time with BNARI, Mr Timpo served as the Ghana team leader for the USAID Program for Biosafety Systems and also as secretary to both the Country Advisory Group on Biosafety and the Ghana National Biosafety Committee. He was instrumental in the development of Ghana’s national biosafety frameworks and directly contributed to the development of a national biotechnology policy.
Mr Timpo earned a Master of Philosophy degree in agricultural economics from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also previously taught various courses including entrepreneurship, micro-enterprise development and management, agricultural economics, and agricultural finance and marketing at the University of Ghana, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS).