Ph.D., Applied Toxicology, University of Nottingham
M.Sc., Genetic Manipulation, Sussex University
Dr. Adenle A. Ademola holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Lagos, Nigeria, MSc in Genetic Manipulation (Biotechnology) from University of Sussex, UK and a PhD in Toxicology from University of Nottingham, UK. Dr. Adenle is currently a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies (STSS) team, UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). He focuses on sustainable development at the interface of natural and social sciences. His current research is based on the role of science and technology in sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, environment management and climate change mitigation/adaption and health improvement in developing countries including countries in Africa. His curiosity, courage and conviction in transforming African agricultural sector and health sector through technological and policy innovation are what brought him to his new position, where he has been working since 2010. He has visited and worked in four main regions of Africa including Ghana, Nigeria (West Africa), South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia (East Africa), North Africa (Egypt and Tunisia) and interviewed over 300 agro-biotechnology stakeholders inside and outside Africa with supplemental interviews among international organizations, which led to an important publication in reputable journal Food Policy. This study is regarded as the largest study in the history of GM agriculture in Africa. Dr. Adenle is currently leading the study on experts and stakeholders views on management of climate change risk in Africa.
Prior to this position, he has held positions of Post Doctoral Fellow and Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, UK, respectively. Also, he has previously worked with food and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Adenle has published in several peer-reviewed international journals including book chapters. He has won prestigious awards including the best student prize for his PhD research presentation at the British Toxicology Society’s Annual Congress in Surrey, UK. He first authored a reviewed paper on impact of space flight on the human body and health which attracted interest from UK and US media respectively. Dr Adenle is one of the experts invited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to establish a biotechnology centre of excellence in Africa, targeting new innovations in agricultural and health sector. He has collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on agricultural biotechnology issues in developing countries and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).