Dr Sunday Ekesi is the Director of Research and Partnerships at icipe. He has been with icipe for 14 years and has held various positions at icipe including; Head, Plant Health Theme, Leader, African Fruit Fly Program (AFFP) and Leader, Insect for Food, Feed and other uses Program (INSEFF) and Interim Director of Reseach and Partnerships. He previously worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rothamsted Research, UK and as a Lecturer in Crop Protection with Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. Dr. Ekesi holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Crop Protection from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria through icipe’s African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Entomology and Parasitology from the University of Jos in Nigeria.
He is an entomologist and integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture (microbial control, biological control, habitat management/conservation, IPM, pesticide management) and biodiversity in Africa and internationally. His specialist skills include: research planning and execution; project management (coordination/steering); strategic planning for new research areas; product development (moving scientific knowledge into commercialization e.g. bait/biopesticide development); resource mobilization (grants and grantmanship); budgeting and budget monitoring; research staff and student management and supervision; development and monitoring of agreements with partners; reporting; interacting with donors; stakeholder liaison; and knowledge transfer (capacity building, training, private sector partnerships).
He was previously a member of the icipe Senior Management Committee contributing to science leadership and guiding the strategic direction and effective management of its R4D activities. Dr Ekesi has served in various international advisory and consultancy panels, for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the World Bank. He has successfully secured over 35 grant proposals as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI. He has more than 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and been a member of editorial board of various journals. He was recognised by icipe as the Outstanding Principal Staff of the Year in 2016. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS).