Margaret Karembu, Director, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) Africenter

Media briefing on GM Crops for African Farmers, May 19, 2009

Margaret Karembu is a senior level environmental management specialist with considerable experience in technology transfer and specifically agricultural biotechnology applications in Africa. Her immediate responsibilities involve planning and managing all aspects of ISAAA Africenter’s two-part program of knowledge sharing on crop biotechnology and facilitating development of policies for the transfer of agri-biotechnologies from (and among) industrial and developing countries. This includes strengthening South-South and public-private sector cooperation.

A science-communications educator, Dr. Karembu has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science Education from Kenyatta University, Kenya, where she taught for more than ten years prior to joining ISAAA. She also coordinates the Africa-based Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs) located in Kenya (East and Central Africa BIC), Egypt (Arab-speaking Africa BIC), and Burkina Faso/Mali (Francophone Africa BIC). Dr. Karembu is chair of the Kenya chapter of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa, a collaborative initiative between ISAAA and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation that aims to strengthen inter-institutional collaboration and linkages among key agri-biotech players in Africa. She has authored a book on “Understanding Environmental Communication” (with Wambui Kiai) and made contributions to several international journal papers, book chapters, and policy briefs on agricultural biotechnology.