Professor Martin Diran Makinde

Professor Martin Diran Makinde

Professor Makinde is currently serving as a Senior Advisor in NEPAD Agency Industrialization, Science, Technology and Innovation Hub and based in Midrand Head office, South Africa. He is the immediate past Director, NEPAD Agency Planning and Coordinating Agency, African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (January 2010- April 2016). He was formerly the Director of the NEPAD West African Biosciences Network in Dakar, Senegal (March 2007- December 2009). He earned the degrees of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, a PhD in Veterinary Physiology from the University of Ibadan in 1986 and Diploma in Neurophysiology from Edinburgh University in 1981. Prior to joining NEPAD Agency, he was Professor of Animal Science at the University of Venda, South Africa where he also served a five-year term as Dean of the School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry (1997-2001). In addition, he taught at the universities of Ibadan (Nigeria), 1977-1991 and Zimbabwe, 1989-1995. His research interest is in the field of gastrointestinal physiology of monogastrics, which included such areas as digestibility and intestinal transport. He developed and applied these methodologies in risk assessment studies in agricultural biotechnology and biosafety. He has well over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals locally and internationally, as well as several contributions in the form of books/ chapters in books. He served on the Board of the AfricaBio, a biotechnology stakeholders Association based in South Africa (1999-2008). He is a C-rated scientist as evaluated (1998) by the South Africa National Research Foundation. He serves in several technical advisory boards on the continent and outside.