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Dr. Nteranya Sanginga

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Nteranya Sanginga is an esteemed luminary in the realm of international agricultural research and development, boasting a rich legacy spanning over 35 years. A passionate advocate for nurturing and empowering the next generation of scientists, his focus on science, entrepreneurship, and agribusiness in Africa has left an indelible mark on the field. He holds a PhD in Agronomy/Soil Microbiology and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Special Envoy for Feed Africa at the African Development Bank (AfDB) as well as various positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

While at the helm of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), he masterminded its transformation into the preeminent international agricultural research center in tropical Africa. Under his visionary leadership, IITA has made strides in addressing the most pressing challenges facing agriculture on the continent.

Beyond his leadership acumen, Dr. Sanginga has contributed significantly to agricultural research through a prolific portfolio of research publications. His scholarly journey encompasses over 120 research articles published in esteemed peer-reviewed international journals. His exceptional contributions to the field garnered him the prestigious International Foundation for Science Sven Brohult Award, a testament to his impact on agricultural research and development.

Dr. Sanginga’s enduring commitment to mentoring young scientists and fostering their growth underscores his dedication to ensuring a sustainable and prosperous agricultural future for Africa. His multifaceted roles at AfDB and BMGF exemplify his relentless pursuit of innovative solutions to address the continent’s agricultural challenges.

In sum, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga’s remarkable career, marked by transformative leadership, groundbreaking research, and unwavering dedication to capacity building, positions him as a revered figure and catalyst for change in the realm of international agricultural research and development.