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Segenet Kelemu

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Segenet Kelemu is the Director General and CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. After several years applying cutting-edge bioscience in the US and Latin America, Segenet returned to Africa in 2007 to contribute to the continent’s development. As a molecular plant pathologist with first-hand experience of the challenges and successes associated with African agriculture, she focuses on developing innovative and accessible solutions to problems caused by insects and plant disease, including genetic engineering and biopesticides. Within the framework of icipe she strives to tackle the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and environmental degradation.

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Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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