Profile of Nteranya Sanginga
Dr. Nteranya Sanginga is the Director General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
Before joining IITA, he was Director of the Nairobi-based CIAT-TBSF. He has more than 21 years of experience with the University of Zimbabwe, IAEA in Austria, and CIAT-TSBF in agricultural research and development, particularly in the fields of applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition, and integrated natural resources management in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
Prior to transferring to CIAT-TBSF in late 2002, Dr. Sanginga spent 14 years at IITA in various capacity, including principal scientist and head of soil microbiology unit; project coordinator of Improvement of high intensity food and forage crop systems and Short fallow systems to arrest land degradation due to land use intensification; and leader of the multidisciplinary program Improving and intensifying cereal-legume systems in moist and dry savannas of WCA, collaborating with many scientists in national and international institutions.
Dr Sanginga has published more than 120 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and was honored with the International Foundation for Science Sven Brohult Award for contribution to agricultural and agroforestry research. His career has also focused on building the capacity of young scientists in Africa and has trained more than 30 PhD candidates at the National University of Congo, School of Agriculture and University of Zimbabwe, who now hold leadership positions in their countries.
Born and bred in DRC, Dr Sanginga did most of his postgraduate training at IITA and his PhD in Agronomy/Soil Microbiology under a joint program and development partners in DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda.
Profile of Valentine A. Aletor
Valentine A. Aletor is a professor of Agricultural Biochemistry & Nutrition and a Lead Scholar at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria.
He has a strong background in Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Science, Environmental Protection and Product Quality Assurance through dietary manipulations. His research interests also include Biotechnological enhancement and the utilization of poor quality food/feed resources such as agro-industrial byproducts & farm “wastes”' in animal feeding and, Germplasm development & quality enhancement to promote Food & Nutrition securities. His interests in alternative foods/feeds resources relate to their nutritive characteristics, anti-quality/bioactive components, physio-pathological and economic implications of their dietary inclusion.
He is a Grantsmaster with considerable experience in individual and multi-disciplinary problem-oriented/need-driven project design, implementation and monitoring in Food/Agricultural, Health and Allied Researches at both national and international levels, including the Consultative Group in International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He was a collaborating Scientist with the Presidential Task-Force in 1989 on Alternative Feed Formulation for Livestock: Product Development and Health Implications and an NUC programme/institutional Accreditation Panelist from 1989 to date.
He was the University Orator, former Head, Department of Animal Production and Health and a 2-term Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies. He was a Member of the Governing Council, FUTA and doubled as the Director, Centre for Research & Development (CERAD) and Lead Researcher, Centre of Excellence in Food Security in FUTA. At the University, he served, either as Chairman or member in more than 25 Committees/Boards. As a recipient of more than 25 national/international research grants, he has mentored 12 completed Ph.Ds (with another 5 on-going) including, 6 Professors (including his current Head of Department). He has to his credit, eight (8) monographs, contributed to three (3) books and published more than 140 scholarly papers in highly reputable national and international journals.
In 2003, he led a team of researchers in FUTA to win the maiden National Universities Commission (NUC) Research Grant award in Agriculture and in 2005 also led a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to develop three highly rated NAFDAC-registered brands of FUTA Fruit Juice Nos: 01-9063; 01-9064; 01-9065 (yet to be commercialized). In 2010, he again led a multidisciplinary team of researchers to win a US $ 7m grant from the World Bank to assist FUTA emerge as the National Centre of Excellence in Food Security. In 2011, he facilitated another $60,000 grant to train 13 FUTA M.Tech/Ph.D students under the WORLD Bank Innovators of Tomorrow (IOT) scheme. In 2014, secured grants of N250, 000; N3m; US $ 8,300 and US $ 25,950 from NUC, TETFUND, Thompson Reuters and FORD Foundation respectively, to host 8th WARIMA. He belongs to several national and international professional Organizations including the New York Academy of Sciences, USA; Norwich Legume Group, UK, the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS); Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN) & Fellow, Postgraduate College of Animal Scientists of Nigeria (FCASN). Since 2009, he has received more than ten (10) professional service awards/award nominations from organizations/publishers including the Guardian Newspapers. He has been cited in: Who's Who in Science & Technology in Nigeria; Who's Who in Science & Engineering in America; Achievers' Who’s Who in Nigeria, 2010 and, a recipient of FUTA Excellence & Productivity Award in 2011 and 2014.
Among his academic distinctions are: a 2-time grant award by the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden; 2-time African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Grant Project Supervisor; Research Fellowship at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria; Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowship at the AFRC Institute of Food Research (IFR), Norwich, UK; and, a 3-time Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship at the University of Bonn, Germany, and Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Prof Aletor was a pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State (2012 - 2015) and on April 10, 2013, appointed Member, Specialized Committee for Science by the Governing Board, Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) as an Assessor for the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award to deserving Nigerians. Again, on Oct 05, 2015, he was appointed Member, TETFUND Standing Committee on Research and Development. He is currently, Chairman, Planning & Implementation Committee of the proposed Loyola Jesuits University (LJU), Ewatto, Edo State.