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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.