October 27, 2023 / 1:00 pm / Agrilife Center
About this seminar
Professor Appolinaire Djikeng is the 4th Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Senior Director for the Livestock-based systems of the CGIAR since April 2023. Prior to ILRI and the CGIAR, Djikeng was Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) and based at the Roslin Institute, and Professor and Chair for Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh. Djikeng has over 20 years’ research and institutional experience in academia and in international not for profit research institutions in the USA, Africa, and UK/Europe. Appolinaire serves on numerous science advisory boards and has received many awards including the Nelson Mandela Peace Award.
Djikeng’s work and interests have been primarily centred around bioscience (and particularly genomics and related disciplines) and their applications in agriculture (both animals and crops), human and environmental health. He co-founded the African Animal Breeding Network (AABNET) with the aim to drive the development and dissemination of livestock improved and most suitable genetics and broader sustainable genetic improvement solutions in Africa. He also co-founded the African Biogenome project (AfricaBP). AfricaBP is a community of practice of scientists, and a wide range of professionals, policy makers and stakeholders with the aim to harness the power of genomics for the characterisation, conservation, and sustainable use of biodiversity in Africa.
Djikeng is Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Center for Animal Science (Australia), Professor at The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh (UK), and Distinguished Professor at the University of South Africa.