Dr Segenet Kelemu

Director General and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

  • Dr Segenet Kelemu is the Director General of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE, Nairobi), the fourth chief executive officer and first woman to lead that organisation.

    Dr. Kelemu is a molecular plant pathologist. Following her post-doctoral work at Cornell University (USA), she joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, Colombia) in 1992 as a senior scientist, and was later appointed Leader of Crop and Agroecosystem Health Management. In 2007, she became director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (Nairobi). Prior to joining ICIPE, she was Vice President for Programs at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA, Nairobi).

    In 2013, the African Academy of Sciences recognized Dr Kelemu as a Fellow for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of Sciences in Africa. In November 2015, she was elected as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

    Dr Kelemu received the CIAT Outstanding Senior Scientist Award and was a 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science Laureate. Her other awards include the prestigious Friendship Award, granted by the People’s Republic of China, 2011 TWAS Prize for Agricultural Sciences, and 2014 UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She was named as one of the 100 most influential African women in the May 2014 edition of Forbes Africa, and as one of the 10 most influential African women in agriculture by the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security.

    Dr Kelemu received an honorary doctorate by Tel Aviv University in May 2016. She has served on advisory boards of key international institutions, and supported establishment of the Manna Center Program in Food Safety and Security of Tel Aviv University.

    Dr Kelemu has published widely in refereed journals as well as book chapters, manuals, conference/workshop papers, working documents, and others. She has served on a number of governing boards, technical advisory panels and steering committees of key organisations and major science and technology initiatives. She is currently a member of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council.