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Mrs GLITHO-AKUESON Adolé Isabelle is currently Full Professor of Animal Biology (specialty in Entomology) in Université de Lomé (Togo). She was Invited Professor at the Université de Tours (France) from 1993 to date, at Université de Niamey (Niger) from 1990 to date and at the Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 1995 to date.

With more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research, Professor Glitho has more than 120 papers, 70

communications and 3 scientific books in several areas of Entomology such as: - Bioecology and Reproductive Physiology of major pests on grain legumes and vegetables (with 50 papers and 1 book published); - Pest Management and insect  populations dynamics studies in order to reduce post harvest losses (with 40 papers and 1 book published); - Biocontrol with development of entomopathogens, parasitoids and botanical pesticides ; - Insect vectors Management.  and resistance to pesticides studies.

To date, Prof. Glitho trained more than 50 young researchers from different countries in Africa, especially in agricultural and medical entomology. She has contributed to capacity building for sustainable management of pest populations. The models of IPM developed by her team are currently used by many African researchers. Many improved IPM technologies developed throw the on-farm participatory research by her team are now used by several famers in West Africa.

She had mobilized resource and was the principal investigator for 12 research projects at national and international levels and financed by French Embassy (2013), UNESCO (2010-2013), CORAF (2005), NGO Plan - Togo / National Programme for the fight against Malaria (2004), FICU (2002), O.M.S. / AFRO (2002), IFS (2002), European Union (1999), French Ministry of Cooperation (1993, 1991), ICSU - African Bioscience Network (1988), World Bank (1987).

She had organized 3 international symposia (2 in Togo and 1 in Benin) with the Interafrican Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC/AU) and West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) in Sustainable post harvest system, Vegetable pests and diseases and Biopesticides.

She has been Coordinator of Researchers committee on plant protection in French speaking countries in Africa and Member of the advisory committee of SADAOC Foundation (Sustainable Food Security for West and Central Africa).

She is holder of the UNESCO Chair "Women, Science and Sustainable Water Management in West Africa”. She is an expert for UNESCO for gender issues in higher education in Africa.

She is also - President of the Regional Experts Commission of West Africa for Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (CRE-BAO/AUF),  and  President of the association "Togolese Women for Science & Technology Advancement". Her association gave financial support to more than 50 girls in Master and Doctorate level in Science and had a promotion program for Women in Science in West Africa.

She is member of the advisory council for 2 international (AUF and the Foundation 2iE) and 1 national (ITRA) institutions.

Professor Glitho is Officer of Togo Academic Palms, Knight of CAMES Academic Palms, Knight of La Légion d’Honneur (France) and Laureate for the Regional African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award 2013.

She is the Vice-Président of Togolese National Academy of Science, Art and Letters (ANSALT) and African Academy of Science fellow.

Pr. Abdourahamane Sangaré got his PhD in 1989, in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. He also holds a Master degree in Genetics, obtained in 1984 at the National University of Côte d’Ivoire. He conducted several Post-Doctoral research themes in the United States of America, from 1991 to 1998 including the development of resistant cassava varieties to the African Cassava Mosaic Virus. He is also specialized in Biosafety and in Managing Agricultural Research Institutions.

Pr. Abdourahamane Sangaré is currently the Deputy Director General in charge of Scientific Affairs of the National Center for Agronomic Research of Côte d’Ivoire that he joined in October 2016. He supervises the conception, the implementation and the evaluation of 20 research programs covering the major commodities and staple crops of West Africa and implemented by more than 110 scientists and 1700 technical staff.

He moved to that position from the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), a regional organization composed with the National Agricultural Systems (NARS) of 22 West and Central Africa where he was the Manager of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Program for about 9 years (2007-2016). Through improved cooperation, active coordination and meeting the demands of the different actors, the mission of the program led by Pr Sangaré was to contribute to a sustainable improvement in agricultural biotechnology productivity, competitiveness and market in West and Central Africa. As a Program Manager, he currently supervises the implementation of 8 regional projects involving each, at least 3 countries.

Before joining CORAF/WECARD, Pr. Sangaré was the Director of the Central Biotechnology Laboratory in Côte d’Ivoire and professor of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering at the University of Cocody-Abidjan were he supervised more than 20 PhDs. Research Director since 2008, his contribution to the development of Côte d’Ivoire was acknowledged through his nomination as Officer of the National Order of the Ministry of Education of Ivory Coast in 2009.