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Diran Makinde is Senior Advisor to NEPAD’s CEO in Midrand, South Africa.
Until 1st April 2016 he was the Director of NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is the past Director of the NEPAD West African Biosciences Network in Dakar, Senegal.
He earned the degrees of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, Diploma in Neurophysiology 1981 and a PhD in Veterinary Physiology from the University of Ibadan, in 1986.
Prior to his appointment at NEPAD, 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 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals locally and internationally, as well as several contributions in the form of books/ chapters in books. 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.