ABNE welcomes new Head of Regional Office

Dr. Jeremy Tinga Ouedraogo has been appointed Head of Regional Office of NEPAD Agency ABNE, since 1st April 2016. Dr Ouedraogo takes over from Prof. Diran Makinde who has been at the helm of ABNE since 2009. Prof. Makinde will now serve as Senior Advisor to NEPAD’s CEO in Midrand, South Africa.

Prof. Diran Makinde – on right – welcoming his successor, Dr. Jeremy Ouedraogo.

Prof. Diran Makinde – on right – welcoming his successor, Dr. Jeremy Ouedraogo.

The new Head of Regional Office will be based in Dakar instead of Ouagadougou as previously. A new hub has been opened in Dakar this year making ABNE nodes three; the Dakar hub, the Kampala node and the Ouagadougou one. Part of ABNE staff, namely Mr. Samuel Timpo, Senior Program Officer, Mr Godwin Lemgo, Program Officer, Ms. Nina Konate, Finance Officer and Ms. Mariam Ouédraogo, Secretary will also be deployed to Dakar.
Biography of the new Regional Head of Office
Dr. Jeremy T. Ouedraogo, a scientist in genetics and plant breeding, holds a PhD degree from the University Laval, Canada. His research focused on the use of biotechnology tools in plant breeding. He is currently a plant breeder, Head of the Plant Genetics and Biotechnology laboratory in the national research system of Burkina Faso. He has contributed to create many cowpea varieties that are released in Burkina Faso and other West African countries.
Since 2002, Dr. Ouedraogo has been fully involved in biotechnology/biosafety strategy development and implementation in his country. He has participated in the committee which elaborated the biosafety guidelines for Bt cotton trials and contributed to the approval of the referred trials as a member of the biosafety scientific committee member.
Jeremy is involved in the activities of public awareness and communication on biotechnology engineered crops through more than fifty presentations/conferences on modern biotechnology and GM crops in many African countries. He is involved in new biotech crops projects for Africa such as cowpea and sorghum in Burkina Faso. He has been a nominated Member of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) External Advisory Board hosted by Africa Harvest Foundation. He is currently member of the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
Jeremy was an elected Member of Burkina Faso Parliament from 2007 to April 2011 where he contributed in strengthening MPs’ awareness in biosciences issues. Jeremy served as Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries of Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2014