Team

The Nemedussa project is coordinated by the project management team at Ghent University and supported by the administration team at Moi University. As a coordinator, Ghent University reports to the project's sponsor, the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The Nemedussa Consortium or NECONS consists of representatives from all partners and invited members from the private/public sector in SSA. Every work package (WP) in the project has a WP leader, assisted by co-leaders. They are responsible for the management of the WP and for reporting to the Nemedussa Coordination Office. The work package on Networking and collaboration has a separate committee, the Panema Organising Committee. The quality of the project is safeguarded by 3 external advisors, experts in nematology research and education. They will evaluate the quality of the deliverables and activities of the Nemedussa project and give feedback and propose remediation measures. Finally, a steering committee of 5 Nemedussa members will act as a quick response team to deal with ad hoc matters requiring an urgent follow-up.

@ Ghent University

  • Wim Bert – Budget holder and UGent promoter

    Associate Professor UGent, Head of the Research Unit Nematology, Director International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology, Member Nemedussa Steering Committee

    wim.bert@ugent.be

    Wim Bert – Budget holder and UGent promoter

  • Inge Dehennin – UGent - Project manager

    PM Nemedussa, Member Nemedussa Steering Committee, Nemedussa Consortium Committee (co-)chair & Coordinator International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology UGent;

    nemedussa@ugent.be

    Inge Dehennin – UGent - Project manager

  • Dora Scott - Assistant Coordinator

    Dora Scott is the Assistant Coordinator of the IMaNema master programme and Nemedussa. She offers staff and students administrative and logistical support and follows up on the reporting of various educational projects and activities. She has experience in the administration of higher education and research projects.

    nemedussa@ugent.be

    Dora Scott - Assistant Coordinator

  • Laura Cortada Gonzalez

    Member Nemedussa Steering Committee, Nemedussa Consortium Committee (co-)chair Senior Scientific Officer at VIB-IPBO and a Visiting Professor at Ghent University for the International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology

    Laura.CortadaGonzalez@Ugent.be
    @CortadaLaura

    Laura Cortada Gonzalez

  • Hilde Van Wynsberge

     UGent – Administrative support

    Hilde.VanWynsberge@UGent.be

    Hilde Van Wynsberge

@ Moi University

  • John Githaiga

    is an Associate Professor at Moi University, Kenya. He is an alumnus of UGent, Belgium from where he earned his Doctorate and Masters Degrees. For the NEMEDUSSA Project, Prof. Githaiga will be provide policy guidance, and will take the overall responsibility for the financial and general management of the project. He will be the local leader of the Moi University Projects Office and link between project partners in the region.

    githaiga03@yahoo.com

    John Githaiga

  • Cynthia Ndunge Mutuku

    is a Programme Manager at the Projects Office of Moi University. She holds a Masters’ degree in Political Science; Forced Migration and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Administration. Ms. Mutuku’s role is to ensure the smooth running of donor funded projects by providing administrative and management support as well as linking the projects to the strategic thinking of the University. In this NEMEDUSSA project, Ms. Mutuku will assume the role of an administrator.

    cynthiamutuku@gmail.com

    Cynthia Ndunge Mutuku

Partners

  • Prof. dr. Antoine Affokpon - University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

    currently works at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FSA), University of Abomey-Calavi currently with  the Yam Nematodes project. He is an alumnus of the MSc Nematology at UGent and got his PhD from KULeuven.

    affokpona@gmail.com

    Prof. dr. Antoine Affokpon - University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

  • Ms. Elodie Coffi - University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

    Ms. Elodie Coffi - University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

  • Prof dr. Hugues Baïmey - University of Parakou (UP)

    is an MSc Nematology and PhD alumnus from UGent and a Lecturer at the University of Parakou, Benin Republic. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Diagnosis and Integrated Management of Plant Bio-aggressors. In this laboratory, he is the Responsible of the Nematology unit. Prof Baïmey is also Member of the Pan-African Scientific Research Council.

    baimeyhugues@gmail.com

    Prof dr. Hugues Baïmey - University of Parakou (UP)

  • Nehal Djaouga Mamadou - University of Parakou (UP)

    Lab Assistant and PhD Student

    Nehal Djaouga Mamadou - University of Parakou (UP)

  • Raoul Gaba - University of Parakou (UP)

    PhD Student 

    Raoul Gaba - University of Parakou (UP)

  • Rasak Akakou - University of Parakou (UP)

    Lab Technician and Master Student

    Rasak Akakou - University of Parakou (UP)

  • Rufin Dossou-Agbede - University of Parakou (UP)

    Lab Technician

    Rufin Dossou-Agbede - University of Parakou (UP)

  • Prof. dr. Awol Seid Ebrahim - Haramaya University (HU)

    is an alumnus of MSc Nematology and PhD at UGent andsince his employment (2006) at Haramaya University, Ethiopia, he has been teaching different Crop Protection related ( Plant Pathology, Agricultural Microbiology, Agricultural Nematology, Plant Nematology, Disease of Economic importance to major crops of Ethiopia, Practical Plant Sciences, Senior Research project) courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has been engaging on research and community service works too. 

    awolseid07@gmail.com

    Prof. dr. Awol Seid Ebrahim - Haramaya University (HU)

  • Prof. dr. Beira H. Meressa - Jimma University (JU)

    is an alumnus MSc Nematology UGent and obtained a PhD in 2014 from Department of Phytomedicine, Institute for Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), University of Bonn. He since then returned to work at Jimma University as associate professor of nematology and his current research focuses on plant parasitic nematodes of horticultural crops. He is the organizer of the Nematology Summer Course.

    bh.bio.pl@gmail.com

    Prof. dr. Beira H. Meressa - Jimma University (JU)

  • Prof. dr. Shem Nchore - Kenyatta University (KU)

    is a lecturer at Kenyatta University and is also involved in survey studies, Greenhouse experiments on efficacy of organic amendments; experimental designs; Data analysis and presentations; Writting scientific papers and application for research grants; Organizing farmenrs and extension officers training.

    bonuke.shem@ku.ac.ke

    Prof. dr. Shem Nchore - Kenyatta University (KU)

  • Prof. dr. Maina Mwangi - Kenyatta University (KU)

    is anassociate professor, plant pathology, Kenyatta University

    maina.mwangi@ku.ac.ke

    Prof. dr. Maina Mwangi - Kenyatta University (KU)

  • Prof. dr. Njira Njira Pili - Moi University (MoiU)

    is a Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences of Moi University teaching amongst others nematology related courses at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels. He received a BSc degree in Horticulture from Moi University, an MSc degree in Nematology and a PhD degree in Applied Biological Sciences both from Ghent University. Dr Njira is the South Coordinator of the VLIR-UOS TEAM 2019 KE2019TEA488A103 project on nematodes of finger millet. In this NEMEDUSSA project, Dr. Njira will be the Principal Investigator responsible for coordination of project activities.

    jirapi1983@yahoo.com

    Prof. dr. Njira Njira Pili - Moi University (MoiU)

  • Prof. dr. Dorcas Lusweti - Moi University (MoiU)

    has a PhD in Animal Genetics and Breeding, an MSc. in Science (Genetics) and a BSc. in Science (Botany and Zoology) all from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, Dr Lusweti is the examination coordinator at the Department of Biological Sciences and an active member of the VLIR-UOS TEAM 2019 KE2019TEA488A103 project on nematodes of finger millet. She is responsible for the implementation of the university almanac, preparation of departmental examination timetable and supervision, collection, custody and submission of semester and Continuous Assessment tests examination results and custody of semester class and examination attendance registers. Dr. Lusweti will be actively involved in NEMEDUSSA project activities. 

    dlusweti@yahoo.co.uk

    Prof. dr. Dorcas Lusweti - Moi University (MoiU)

  • Moses Wabusya - Moi University (MoiU)

    is an Environmental Microbiologist. He has a master’s degree in environmental biology from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and a BSc. In Education from Maseno Univeristy. Currently, Mr. Wabusya is in charge of industrial attachment and internships at the School of Science and Aerospace Studies and an active member of the VLIR-UOS TEAM 2019 KE2019TEA488A103 project on nematodes of finger millet. Mr. Wabusya will be actively involved in NEMEDUSSA project activities.

    wabusyam@yahoo.com

    Moses Wabusya - Moi University (MoiU)

  • Dr. Billy Makumba - Moi University (MoiU)

    is a microbiologist/plant pathologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Moi University. He has a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Eldoret and is involved in teaching courses in Plant Pathology both at undergraduate and Post graduate levels. His research interests include quorum sensing/microbial communication, biological control, microbial pathogenicity, resistance mechanisms, primary and secondary metabolites and their use in plant and microbe interactions. Dr. Makumba will be actively involved in NEMADUSSA project activities.

    billymakumba@gmail.com

    Dr. Billy Makumba - Moi University (MoiU)

  • In Memoriam: Prof. dr. Paul Chindo - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

    held several responsibilities in ABU and was the Head of Nematology Unit in the Department of Crop Protection and a plant nematologist. His research focused on nematode ecology, biosystematics and nematode management especially with organic-based materials. He was also responsible for teaching and supervising students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the field of plant nematology, extension of research technologies to farmers and community service. His contributions to the field of Nematology and the Nemedussa project will be missed.

    In Memoriam: Prof. dr. Paul Chindo - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Christopher T. Okolo - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

    is an alumnus from the MSc Nematology UGent and currently doing his PhD at the University of Bonn & E-nema, Kiel, Germany. He is a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University.

    okolo.chris@yahoo.co.uk

    Christopher T. Okolo - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Julius Bulus - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

    Academic staff

    Julius Bulus - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Nasamu Musa - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

    Nasamu Musa is an alumnus of the Ghent University MSc Nematology (2014-2016). He is a PhD student of Dr Matt Back at HAU, UK, on biofumigation against stem nematodes. Besides, he has a teaching and research role at the Nematology Unit of ABU Zaria.

    musanasamubawa@gmail.com

    Nasamu Musa - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Donald Iryorchir - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

    Technical staff

    Donald Iryorchir - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Tina Andrew - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

    Technical staff

    Tina Andrew - Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Prof. dr. Abiodun Claudius-Cole - University of Ibadan (UI)

    has a Ph. D from the Department of Crop Protection and Environmental Biology, University of Ibadan. As a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ibadan, she has been engaged in teaching, research and community development in various aspects crop protection, plant pathology and nematology. She specializes in plant disease diagnosis and management of agricultural crops; development of technologies to enhance agricultural productivity; and capacity building in the areas of good agricultural practices (GAPS).  Her research is focused on nematode disease management, and recently on nematode identification and sources of resistance to plant pathogens.

    bi_cole@yahoo.com

    Prof. dr. Abiodun Claudius-Cole - University of Ibadan (UI)

  • Prof. dr. Hendrika Fourie - North West University (NWU)

    provides teaching and learning to Honors students (4th year students), but is mostly responsible for supervising and be involved in research projects of MSc and PhD students, and Post Doctoral Fellows. Research projects focus on plant parasitic and beneficial soil nematodes and specifically aimed at studying their ecology, identification and management.

    Driekie.Fourie@nwu.ac.za

    Prof. dr. Hendrika Fourie - North West University (NWU)

  • Prof. dr. Antoinette P Malan - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

    obtained a PhD (Agric) in Nematology and Entomology from Stellenbosch University. She worked for 20 years as a plant-parasitic nematologist in a diagnostic laboratory and for the last 15 years specialized in research working with entomopathogenic nematodes. She currently lectures classes of the undergraduate Nematology module, but mostly supervises post graduate nematology and entomology students.

    apm@sun.ac.za

    Prof. dr. Antoinette P Malan - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

  • Dr Nomakholwa F Stokwe - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

    obtained a PhD (Agric) in Entomology at Stellenbosch University. She is currently responsible as lecturer for the undergraduate semester nematology module. She is also responsible for sourcing of funding for projects for post graduate students and their supervision.

    Dr Nomakholwa F Stokwe - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

  • Dr Rinus Knoetze - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

    obtained a Phd (Agric) in Nematology from Stellenbosch University. He is associated with the Stellenbosch University as an external worker, with regards to the supervision of post graduate students and presentation of N-nematology lectures. He conducts research on a wide range of Nematology-related fields, including nematode resistance, biological control, soil health, integrated nematode management and molecular taxonomy of nematodes.

    Dr Rinus Knoetze - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

  • Caro Kapp - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

    obtained an MScAgric in Nematology at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University. Her thesis was on nematode soil community structure and function as a bio-indicator of soil health in Fynbos and deciduous fruit orchards. She has experience in the extraction and identification of plant-parasitic and free-living nematodes; and assisting under graduate students during practical sessions for the past 12 years. The use of nematodes as bio-indicators of ecosystem health and function in various agricultural landscapes is of particular interest to her.

    Caro Kapp - Stellenbosch University (SUN)

  • Dr. Solveig Haukeland - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)

    is a nematologist specialised on nematodes as biocontrol agents of invertebrates. She worked at NIBIO, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research), where she built a lab and expertise on nematodes as biological control agents of invertebrate pests. At Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania she performed research on biological control of banana pests, fruit flies and sweet potato weevils. She additionally did consultancy assignments for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, among others. She joined ICIPE in 2014 as a CIM (Center for International Migration and Development) integrated expert (German government (GIZ) funded), focusing on building up expertise and experience on tropical plant protection, specifically soil borne nematode pests.

    Dr. Solveig Haukeland - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)

  • Prof. dr. Francis Onyilo - Muni University (MU)

    is a lecturer, molecular plant pathologist and biotechnologist, at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Muni University in Arua Uganda. His area of focus is Nematology, Plant pathology,Molecular biology and Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Crop Protection and improvement. He has been working on Functional Genetics of Ascomycetes Fungi and currently he is working on “in silico prediction of mitogen activated protein kinase genes in Pseudocercospora fijiensis”. 

    francisonyilo@gmail.com

    Prof. dr. Francis Onyilo - Muni University (MU)

  • Prof. dr. Pierre Abad - Université Côte d’ Azur (UCA)

    is a senior scientist at the Institut Sophia Agrobiotech, an international research institute funded by INRAE, Université Côte d’Azur and CNRS. He focuses on plant nematode interactions and molecular biology. He is also the programme director of the Master of Science (MSc) BIOCONTROL SOLUTIONS FOR PLANT HEALTH (MSc BOOST)

    pierre.abad@inrae.fr

    Prof. dr. Pierre Abad - Université Côte d’ Azur (UCA)

  • Prof. dr. Danny Coyne - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

    has 25 years of experience in agricultural research and extension in tropical cropping systems across Africa, beginning as a village extension officer in rural Tanzania. He is a field nematologist with in-depth knowledge of tropical crop systems through involvement in, and management of, crop protection extension and pest management projects within African National programmes and at International Agricultural Research Centres. Of late he has broadened into the wider field of soil health in relation to plant host-pest-antagonist relations and the ecological aspects. Although he is a very active scientist (180+ peer reviewed papers; 11 books and 22 book chapters), training underscores all of his work, whether at the farmer, technician, or academic level. 

    d.coyne@cgiar.org

    Prof. dr. Danny Coyne - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

  • Prof. dr. Herbert Libbo Talwana - Makerere University (MAK)

    is an Associate Professor, School of agricultural Sciences, Makerere University. His teaching and research interests are broadly in the area of Crop protection, spanning the fields of Nematology, Entomology, Pest management and Pesticide Science.  He is actively involved in nematodes surveys and inventories in different crops in Uganda; prospecting for entomopathogenic nematodes as biological control agents, and development of sustainable insect management strategies, including genetic engineering.

    haltalwana@caes.mak.ac.ug

    Prof. dr. Herbert Libbo Talwana - Makerere University (MAK)

External Advisors

  • Prof. dr. em. Richard Sikora

    received a PhD in Phytopathology at the University of Illinois in 1970 and is Prof. emeritus of the University of Bonn, Germany where he conducted nematological research since 1971. He edited seven books and proceedings on nematology and related fields, trained 93 Ph.D. students, and has received a number of awards for his contributions to science. Together with his students he has published over 300 peer reviewed articles during his extensive career in international agriculture and nematology.

    Prof. dr. em. Richard Sikora

  • Prof. dr. Matthew Back

    Reader in Plant Nematology, researcher and involved in teaching on plant pathology and disease management at Harper Adams University. His main research interest is in the development of non-chemical crop protection strategies such as biofumigation and trap cropping. Work conducted by his group has enabled a greater understanding of the scientific basis of these methods and has helped improve crop protection practices. Dr Back has been an author on 38 refereed papers, most of them on Nematology, and is a regular speaker at scientific and industry events. Research findings from the HAU Nematology Group have been used to produce a number of AHDB guides such as the ‘PCN Grower Guide’ and ‘Biofumigation for management of potato cyst nematodes (PCN)’

    Prof. dr. Matthew Back

  • Dr. Mieke Daneel

    is a senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa (ARC), Division of Crop Protection (ITSC) and vice-president of the Nematological Society of Southern Africa (NSSA)

    Dr. Mieke Daneel

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