Prof. Diran Makinde is the Director, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

He is the immediate past Director of the NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) West African Biosciences Network in Dakar, Senegal.


He earned the degrees of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, Diploma in Neurophysiology 1981 and a PhD in Veterinary Physiology, all from the University of Ibadan, in 1986.

Work Experience

Prior to his current appointment, he was Professor of Animal Science at the University of Venda, South Africa where he also served a five-year term as Dean of the School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry (1997-2001).

In addition, he taught at the universities of Ibadan (Nigeria), 1977-1991 and Zimbabwe, 1989-1995.

Field of Study

His research interest is in the field of gastrointestinal physiology of monogastrics, which includes such areas as digestibility and intestinal transport. He developed and applied these methodologies in risk assessment studies in agricultural biotechnology and biosafety.

Journal Articles

He has well over 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals locally and internationally, as well as several contributions in the form of books/ chapters in books.

Membership and Achievements

He is a C-rated scientist as evaluated (1998) by the South Africa National Research Foundation. He serves in several technical advisory boards on the continent and outside.