24 February 2021
Online event

Argus Africa Fertilizer Live - Virtual Conference

Expert Speakers

Jihane Ajijti
Head of Strategy, Regulatory Watch & Delivery Monitoring, OCP Africa
Jihane is in charge of defining the strategy and business model of OCP Africa. She also manages and develops relationships with strategic partners. Before joining OCP, Jihane was an Associate at an international strategic consultancy firm, working on large-scale projects across various industries. She holds a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris and an Executive MB...
Jihane is in charge of defining the strategy and business model of OCP Africa. She also manages and develops relationships with strategic partners. Before joining OCP, Jihane was an Associate at an international strategic consultancy firm, working on large-scale projects across various industries. She holds a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris and an Executive MBA from the Africa Business School, in partnership with the Columbia Business School.
Danquah Addo-Yobo
Regional Director, West Africa, Yara Ghana
Danquah joined Yara Ghana in 2014 as Chief Finance Officer, and is currently the Managing Director of Yara Ghana, as well as West Africa Regional Director for Yara International. Under his stewardship, Yara Ghana has won a number of prestigious industry awards. He has over 20 years of experience in different industries, different cultures and across different functions. Da...
Danquah joined Yara Ghana in 2014 as Chief Finance Officer, and is currently the Managing Director of Yara Ghana, as well as West Africa Regional Director for Yara International. Under his stewardship, Yara Ghana has won a number of prestigious industry awards. He has over 20 years of experience in different industries, different cultures and across different functions. Danquah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an MBA and is a chartered accountant.
Patrice Annequin
Senior Fertilizer Market Specialist, IFDC
Patrice, an agro-economist trained at AgroParisTech, has many years’ experience in developing Africa’s inputs and agricultural products markets, first in the private sector, then with international organisations. He has been a representative of the International Fertilizer Development Centre in Ivory Coast since 2016, and contributes to programmes supporting development of...
Patrice, an agro-economist trained at AgroParisTech, has many years’ experience in developing Africa’s inputs and agricultural products markets, first in the private sector, then with international organisations. He has been a representative of the International Fertilizer Development Centre in Ivory Coast since 2016, and contributes to programmes supporting development of the fertilizer sector and agricultural value chains in west Africa.
Mahamadou Nassirou Ba
Economic Affairs Officer - Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Division, United Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
An Agricultural Economist, Nassirou Ba's career as Economic Affairs Officer at the technology, climate change and natural resources division of UN ECA started in 2009. The focus of his role is on agricultural transformation, food security, trade and climate change. Before joining UN ECA, he worked with USAID as the Programme Director in charge of southern Iraq. In this po...
An Agricultural Economist, Nassirou Ba's career as Economic Affairs Officer at the technology, climate change and natural resources division of UN ECA started in 2009. The focus of his role is on agricultural transformation, food security, trade and climate change. Before joining UN ECA, he worked with USAID as the Programme Director in charge of southern Iraq. In this position, he worked on community-based development and transition initiatives and agricultural projects. He later joined International Relief and Development in Arlington, Virginia, where he was in charge of programmes for Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Nassirou Ba also spearheaded the agricultural voucher scheme in Afghanistan. He advocates for a green economy and climate-smart agriculture, and is currently collaborating with ECA partners on agricultural productivity issues in an eco-friendly environment.
André Bationo
Chief of Party, SAPEP, IFDC and President, Action for Integrated Rural Development
Dr André Bationo is the president of a newly created NGO, Action for Integrated Rural Development. He has also served as director of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), West Africa, Senior Program Officer, and Soil Health Program and as Resource Mobilization at AGRA. Before working at AGRA, he was co-ordinator of the African Network for Soil Biology an...
Dr André Bationo is the president of a newly created NGO, Action for Integrated Rural Development. He has also served as director of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), West Africa, Senior Program Officer, and Soil Health Program and as Resource Mobilization at AGRA. Before working at AGRA, he was co-ordinator of the African Network for Soil Biology and Fertility at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also served as principal soil scientist seconded to the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics by the International Fertilizer Development Center. André’s research career spans more than 30 years, focusing on developing technologies that boost agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resource base. His research has helped improve the understanding of soil fertility issues in sub-Saharan Africa and ensured that the technologies developed fit farmers’ socio-economic and biophysical conditions. His research has addressed the key themes of nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in the Sahelian ecosystems, soil organic carbon dynamics, crop residue management, improving nutrient use efficiency and synergy between organic and inorganic plant nutrients, water management, use of rock phosphate, crop-livestock integration and crop integration systems. He has published over 300 papers in refereed journals, 10 books, and numerous book chapters and also made presentation at various regional and international conferences. André has served on various international panels, such as the committee to develop West Africa’s Medium Term Plan (MTP), the African Network for Earth System Science (AfricanNESS) (African Network for Global Change) and Africa’s Global Land project (GLP). He has also served as a consultant for the European Union Food and Agriculture Organization, the African Union, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Development Research Centre, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences and the Canadian International Development Agency. A citizen of Burkina Faso, André holds a PhD in soil chemistry from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. In recognition of his contributions to research and development, André has received numerous national and international recognitions and awards, including the following: • The Africa Food Prize in 2020 • The prestigious prize of the “Grands Diplomes” from Laval University in 2015 • The Unesco-Equatorial Guinea international prize in 2014 for outstanding research in life sciences • The prestigious Kwame Nkrumah continental award in 2013 from the African Heads of State in recognition of outstanding achievements in science and technology • The International Award from the International Fertilizer Industry Association in 2008 • An honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in 2008 • The Principal Staff Achievement Award from the CIAT board in 2004 • Nomination for Outstanding International Scientist of the Year by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England, in 2004 • The Highest Civilian Award in 2000 from the government of Niger for contributions to the development of soil fertility restoration technologies in the Sahel
Pierre Brunache Jr
Coordinator, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, African Development Bank
Pierre Brunache, Jr, has over 24 years’ experience in the technology, international development and agribusiness sectors. Since 2010, Pierre has networked with and advised public and private agro-input stakeholders in 20 sub-Saharan African countries. He led several agriculture value chain projects as Chief Agribusiness Officer at African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partne...
Pierre Brunache, Jr, has over 24 years’ experience in the technology, international development and agribusiness sectors. Since 2010, Pierre has networked with and advised public and private agro-input stakeholders in 20 sub-Saharan African countries. He led several agriculture value chain projects as Chief Agribusiness Officer at African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and Program Director at Creating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) in South Africa and Ghana, respectively. Pierre is currently a consultant in the agro-industry unit at the African Development Bank in Cote d’Ivoire. He is advising the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) on technical and financing solutions for the fertilizer value chain. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is multilingual in English, French and Creole.
David Buruchara
Global Sourcing Logistics Manager, One Acre Fund
David is a supply-chain professional at One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that provides financing, inputs and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. Over the past two years, he has managed the logistics of delivering over 100,000t of fertilizer to rural warehouses across sub-Saharan Africa. David also recently ...
David is a supply-chain professional at One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that provides financing, inputs and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. Over the past two years, he has managed the logistics of delivering over 100,000t of fertilizer to rural warehouses across sub-Saharan Africa. David also recently assumed responsibility for managing deliveries of seed, off-grid solar kits and other non-agricultural products to smallholders. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Mabouba Diagne
Vice-President Finance and Corporate Services, ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)
Mabouba has more than 20 years’ experience as an executive, including at Kenya’s Trade and Development Bank, at Dresdner Bank and Credit Suisse in London, and at Atlas Mara, Banc ABC, Johannesburg. Mabouba also worked at Barclays Bank, South Africa. He holds a PhD in financial management and portfolio optimisation and a masters degree in financial mathematics from the Univ...
Mabouba has more than 20 years’ experience as an executive, including at Kenya’s Trade and Development Bank, at Dresdner Bank and Credit Suisse in London, and at Atlas Mara, Banc ABC, Johannesburg. Mabouba also worked at Barclays Bank, South Africa. He holds a PhD in financial management and portfolio optimisation and a masters degree in financial mathematics from the University of Kaiserautern, Germany, a masters degree in applied mathematics and computer sciences from Gaston Berger University, Senegal, a postgraduate diploma from the United Nations Prof Abdou Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics, Trieste Italy, among other qualifications.
Asséta Diallo (PhD)
Program Officer, Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Asséta Diallo is an economist, holding a PhD from Ouagadougou University in Burkina Faso. She has spent over 20 years working in the agricultural sector and over 13 specifically in the agriculture value chain and input market development in west and east Africa. She has worked with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on clusters development around value ...
Asséta Diallo is an economist, holding a PhD from Ouagadougou University in Burkina Faso. She has spent over 20 years working in the agricultural sector and over 13 specifically in the agriculture value chain and input market development in west and east Africa. She has worked with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on clusters development around value chains and in the fertilizer sector supporting the harmonization of regulations process with the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). She joined the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) in 2014, working on fertilizer supply and policy in 13 countries. Her work has included hub and agro-dealers development for a sustainable fertilizer delivery system for smallholder farmers and the creation of an enabling environment through government support. Since August 2018, she has been the programme officer for the soil fertility and fertilizer systems unit under the programme development and innovation at Agra for west Africa, supporting country teams to improve fertilizer systems in their respective countries. She is also the author and co-author of a number of publications.
Moulay Lahcen Ennahli
Senior Vice President for West AFrica , OCP Africa
Before joining OCP Africa, Moulay spent 19 years working for the African Development Bank in a number of managerial positions and has more than 30 years of diversified experience in both the public and private sectors. He has managed more than 20 infrastructure projects, including dams, roads, irrigation, land development, rural construction, water supply and sanitation. M...
Before joining OCP Africa, Moulay spent 19 years working for the African Development Bank in a number of managerial positions and has more than 30 years of diversified experience in both the public and private sectors. He has managed more than 20 infrastructure projects, including dams, roads, irrigation, land development, rural construction, water supply and sanitation. Moulay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Engineering and an Executive MBA.
Sushant Gaggar
Senior Manager , Trade and Operations, ETG Inputs Holdco
Based in Dubai, Sushant has over five years’ experience as a regional co-ordinator, during which time he drove sales and marketing strategy in east Africa. He is the IFA Ambassador for Tanzania for 2021. In his current role, Sushant oversees all trades and operations in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia.
Based in Dubai, Sushant has over five years’ experience as a regional co-ordinator, during which time he drove sales and marketing strategy in east Africa. He is the IFA Ambassador for Tanzania for 2021. In his current role, Sushant oversees all trades and operations in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia.
Rob Groot
Director, Business Development and Partnerships, IFDC
Rob Groot is Director IFDC for Business Development and Partnerships and has over 25 years’ experience in international agricultural development, particularly relating to food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been Director IFDC (East and Southern Africa and North and West Africa) since 2004. During this time, IFDC has seen a tenfold expa...
Rob Groot is Director IFDC for Business Development and Partnerships and has over 25 years’ experience in international agricultural development, particularly relating to food security and soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been Director IFDC (East and Southern Africa and North and West Africa) since 2004. During this time, IFDC has seen a tenfold expansion of its activities in Africa, where projects are increasingly undertaken in collaboration with the private sector, from both the agro-food and fertilizer industries. Before joining IFDC, Rob was involved in research involving soil fertility improvement, fertilizer use and climate change in Africa, mainly working for Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in biology and agronomy from Wageningen University.
Oliver Hatfield
Vice President for Business Development of Fertilizers, Argus
Oliver Hatfield, is VP Business Development for Argus Media in London. Oliver joined Argus in October 2018 following its acquisition of Integer Research, where he spent 15 years as head of the fertilizer market research team. Oliver has more than 20 years of experience in business analysis and consulting, and he was also one of the founders of Integer. Oliver has worked e...
Oliver Hatfield, is VP Business Development for Argus Media in London. Oliver joined Argus in October 2018 following its acquisition of Integer Research, where he spent 15 years as head of the fertilizer market research team. Oliver has more than 20 years of experience in business analysis and consulting, and he was also one of the founders of Integer. Oliver has worked extensively on multi-client and bespoke fertilizer market analysis studies, covering market forecasts, strategy, due diligence, market entry and project feasibility. He has worked as an analyst on all the key fertilizer and related chemical markets: nitrogen, phosphates, potash, sulphur and sulphuric acid. Oliver is a graduate of economics and development economics from the University of Manchester in the UK.
Rattan Lal
Professor of Soil Science, and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, Ohio State University
Rattan researches soil carbon sequestration for food and climate security, carbon footprint, eco-intensification, conservation agriculture, soil restoration, soil health, and soils of the tropics. He has authored about 1,000 journal articles and mentored 360 researchers. He has also won a number of awards, including the 2020 World Food Prize and the 2020 Arrell Food Prize....
Rattan researches soil carbon sequestration for food and climate security, carbon footprint, eco-intensification, conservation agriculture, soil restoration, soil health, and soils of the tropics. He has authored about 1,000 journal articles and mentored 360 researchers. He has also won a number of awards, including the 2020 World Food Prize and the 2020 Arrell Food Prize.
David Maher
Editor - Fertilizers Europe and Fertilizer Africa , Argus
David is the editor of Fertilizer Europe (FE) and Fertilizer Africa at Argus, and has also worked as a market reporter for FE and the Argus potash report. He has almost 20 years of journalism experience, a first-class bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and a master’s in international politics from Trinity College Dublin. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland,...
David is the editor of Fertilizer Europe (FE) and Fertilizer Africa at Argus, and has also worked as a market reporter for FE and the Argus potash report. He has almost 20 years of journalism experience, a first-class bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and a master’s in international politics from Trinity College Dublin. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but has lived in London for the past six years. His interests include the natural sciences, philosophy, politics, history, geography, economics, sport, and using commas.
Ayman Makar
VP Marketing and Business Development, Evergrow for Specialty Fertilizers
Ayman has well-developed managerial skills acquired during an extensive and varied career at an international oil service company over 23 years, with broad experience in maintenance, operations, sales, marketing, business development and executive management. At service firm Schlumberger, he led several projects and held management positions in Syria, Jordan, Nigeria and E...
Ayman has well-developed managerial skills acquired during an extensive and varied career at an international oil service company over 23 years, with broad experience in maintenance, operations, sales, marketing, business development and executive management. At service firm Schlumberger, he led several projects and held management positions in Syria, Jordan, Nigeria and Egypt, where he was Operations Manager in 2004. He was Country Manager in Iran in 2007, served as National Oil Companies Sales Manager for Libya in 2009, and was Russia and Central Asia Sales director in 2011, Operations Manager for the UAE and Qatar in 2014, Iraq Sales Director in 2018, and ASGC General Manager in 2019. Ayman was appointed in September 2020 as VP Marketing and Business Development at Evergrow for Specialty Fertilizers based in Cairo, Egypt. Ayman holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems and Biomedical Engineering from Cairo University.
Isaac Mando
Founder and Managing Director, Farmers Hub
Isaac has extensive experience working in agriculture, both in the private and NGO sectors. His background includes value chain development, co-operative development, agribusiness/marketing, digital information/finance for different value chains and product development. He is also Secretary General of the Agribusiness Association of Zambia (ABAZ) and a founding member of t...
Isaac has extensive experience working in agriculture, both in the private and NGO sectors. His background includes value chain development, co-operative development, agribusiness/marketing, digital information/finance for different value chains and product development. He is also Secretary General of the Agribusiness Association of Zambia (ABAZ) and a founding member of the Agro Dealers Network of Southern Africa.
Gertrude Mashonganyika
Head of Supplies and Logistics, ZFC Ltd
As the Head of Supplies and Logistics department at ZFC, Gertrude is responsible for strategic global sourcing and logistics across all spend categories, including fertilizers and agrochemicals. She uses fertilizer market data analysis and market intelligence along the entire value chain. Gertrude is the President of The Mashonaland Chamber and an Executive Committee memb...
As the Head of Supplies and Logistics department at ZFC, Gertrude is responsible for strategic global sourcing and logistics across all spend categories, including fertilizers and agrochemicals. She uses fertilizer market data analysis and market intelligence along the entire value chain. Gertrude is the President of The Mashonaland Chamber and an Executive Committee member of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries. A member of the Institute of Business Advisors of Southern Africa, Gertrude has an honours degree in business studies and a master’s degree in business administration.
Fred Muhhuku
Senior Program Officer, Inputs Distribution (PID)
Fred works in agro-dealer development, eastern and southern Africa. With over 40 years’ experience working in agriculture extension and rural development, Fred pioneered the development of agro-input distribution systems in AGRA that serve smallhold farmers. He is experienced in grant-making for agricultural development, value chain projects, seed industry development and ...
Fred works in agro-dealer development, eastern and southern Africa. With over 40 years’ experience working in agriculture extension and rural development, Fred pioneered the development of agro-input distribution systems in AGRA that serve smallhold farmers. He is experienced in grant-making for agricultural development, value chain projects, seed industry development and the creation of rural input and output markets. He has overseen a range of projects in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance the delivery of inputs, market linkages, finance and technical know-how to smallhold farmers.
Mike Nash
Senior Editor, Fertilizers. Editor, Argus Phosphates & Fertilizer Africa, Argus
Mike Nash is Senior Editor at Argus, responsible for managing the London editorial fertilizer team and helping to develop new contacts. He retains editorship of Argus’ weekly phosphates report and is the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook. He also has special responsibility for the emerging African sector and is editor of the Argus monthly Africa fert...
Mike Nash is Senior Editor at Argus, responsible for managing the London editorial fertilizer team and helping to develop new contacts. He retains editorship of Argus’ weekly phosphates report and is the main contributor to the Argus Monthly Phosphates Outlook. He also has special responsibility for the emerging African sector and is editor of the Argus monthly Africa fertilizer supplement. He has 15 years’ experience covering the international phosphates and other fertilizer markets for a variety of UK-based price reporting agencies. He has also covered international energy and petrochemical markets and previously edited a number of manufacturing and engineering titles in the UK. Mike is an experienced speaker, presenting papers at various international industry events including AFA Cairo in 2011 and 2014 and GPCA in Dubai and Oman, TSI World Symposium, the FAI conference in Delhi as well as at many Argus events around the world and at numerous investor events and conferences. Mike is based in London. He is a graduate of Reading University with a BSc Hons degree in geography and economics and postgraduate studies in marketing.
Frank Rubio
Senior Technical Specialist, Private Sector Advisory and Implementation Unit, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Frank Rubio has worked for over 25 years in smallholder agricultural development and microfinance through organisations such as Catholic Relief Services, CARE-USA and the Inter-American Development Bank. He began his professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay during the late 1980s. More recently, Frank led Oikocredit’s worldwide agri-finance portfolio of €2...
Frank Rubio has worked for over 25 years in smallholder agricultural development and microfinance through organisations such as Catholic Relief Services, CARE-USA and the Inter-American Development Bank. He began his professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay during the late 1980s. More recently, Frank led Oikocredit’s worldwide agri-finance portfolio of €225mn, and was the principal technical lead and point person for agri-SME finance and price-risk management. In his advisory role at IFAD Frank provides technical oversight to the ABC Fund, and overall guidance and strategy oversight to IFAD’s private sector initiatives.
Hedwig Siewertsen
Head of Inclusive Finance, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Hedwig is responsible for designing and implementing AGRA’s Inclusive Finance strategy. Hedwig was previously CEO of DOB equity, which invests in SMEs in east Africa, and before that was Deputy Director and Senior Consultant at Triodos Facet (now Palladium), specialising in entrepreneurship development and financial services delivery to MSMEs in emerging markets. Hedwig st...
Hedwig is responsible for designing and implementing AGRA’s Inclusive Finance strategy. Hedwig was previously CEO of DOB equity, which invests in SMEs in east Africa, and before that was Deputy Director and Senior Consultant at Triodos Facet (now Palladium), specialising in entrepreneurship development and financial services delivery to MSMEs in emerging markets. Hedwig started her career as an Associate Expert for the UN in Madagascar and Tanzania. She has a BSc in Tropical Agriculture and a Master’s degree in Econometrics.
Praveen Singh
Business and Product Development, Indorama
Dr Praveen Singh has diverse experience in the agriculture sector in various locations. He was the founder member of the customised fertilizer team at Tata Chemicals in India, and contributed to conceptualisation of crop and area-specific crop nutrient customisation. He led the agronomist team, which collected geo-referenced sampling of soil, crops and groundwater as basel...
Dr Praveen Singh has diverse experience in the agriculture sector in various locations. He was the founder member of the customised fertilizer team at Tata Chemicals in India, and contributed to conceptualisation of crop and area-specific crop nutrient customisation. He led the agronomist team, which collected geo-referenced sampling of soil, crops and groundwater as baseline information from which to develop customised fertilizer grades. He also worked for European Commission and the British High Commission project on rural development. His experience of working in the hydroponic sector has broadened his thinking on crop nutrition dynamics. He aims to utilise his experience of the Indian fertilizer industry to efficiently address the similar challenges expected in the African fertilizer industry.
Hasan Tarique
Senior Consultant, Fertilizers, Argus
Hasan is the lead for fertilizers consulting for the Americas region at Argus Consulting Services – the consulting arm of Argus Media. Hasan started his career as a business consultant with Accenture with a focus on the natural resources sector, before moving into industry where he spent time in corporate strategy departments at BHP and Canpotex focusing on supply-demand f...
Hasan is the lead for fertilizers consulting for the Americas region at Argus Consulting Services – the consulting arm of Argus Media. Hasan started his career as a business consultant with Accenture with a focus on the natural resources sector, before moving into industry where he spent time in corporate strategy departments at BHP and Canpotex focusing on supply-demand fundamentals, price forecasting, portfolio optimisation, valuations and project management. In the fertilizers space, his expertise is in potash, with experience in mining development projects, sales and operations planning, strategy and market analysis, and supply chain and logistics. At Argus, Hasan has led consulting projects in grain exports and supply chain, due diligence for greenfield potash, market fundamentals for ammonia plant investment evaluation, and specialty multi-nutrient fertilizers.
Bernard Vanlauwe
Director R4D, Central Africa and Natural Resource Management, IITA
Bernard Vanlauwe joined IITA in Kenya in March 2012 to lead the Central Africa hub and the Natural Resource Management research area. In this capacity, he is also having an oversight role in the Humidtropics, the Water, Land, and Ecosystems, and the CCAFS CGIAR Research Programs. Prior to this recent appointment, he was the leader of the Integrated Soil Fertility Managemen...
Bernard Vanlauwe joined IITA in Kenya in March 2012 to lead the Central Africa hub and the Natural Resource Management research area. In this capacity, he is also having an oversight role in the Humidtropics, the Water, Land, and Ecosystems, and the CCAFS CGIAR Research Programs. Prior to this recent appointment, he was the leader of the Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) program of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility research area of CIAT (TSBF-CIAT). He joined CIAT-TSBF in 2001 and led the development, adaptation, and dissemination of best ISFM options in various agro-ecological zones in sub-Saharan Africa. In September 2010, the obtained a Visiting Professor position at the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala in the Soils and Environment Department. Before, he worked at IITA in Nigeria (1991 – 2000) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1989-1991), focusing on unraveling the mechanisms underlying nutrient and soil organic matter dynamics in tropical agro-ecosystems. In that context, he obtained his PhD in 1996 in Applied Biological Sciences. He has published over 150 papers in scientific journals and over 160 in other forms and has (co-) supervised over 40 PhD and over 60 MSc students.