International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Segenet Kelemu

Speaker 2019 2019 Circle 2019 Speaker Jury Life Sciences Jury 2020 Falling Walls Circle

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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