Shehu Abdul Rahman, the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Gashua, and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) (Admin.), Nasarawa State University, Keffi, is a professor of Agricultural Economics. Prior to his appointment as DVC he was the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture at Nasarawa State University, Keffi. He obtained a Bachelor of Agriculture degree in 1993, M.Sc. Agric. Economics in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Agric. Economics in 2001, all from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. His working experience spans from Assistant Lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1994 to a full Professor at Nasarawa State University, Keffi in 2008 at the age of 40. He is now in Federal University of Lafia in Nasarawa State. He has served in various capacities rendering administrative and community development services in addition to teaching and research. His research activities produced over one hundred (100) publications in both National and International Journals of repute. He has presented over sixty five (65) papers at various seminars, workshops and conferences. He has served as a consultant to Gesellschaft fur Technsche Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)(German Technical Agency) and World Bank. He has taught in the fields of Agricultural production Economics, Farm Management Economics, Econometrics and Statistics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Nasarawa State University, Keffi and Federal University of Lafia; and has been an External Examiner of both undergraduate and postgraduate students at various Universities in Nigeria. He has served as External Assessor of twenty four (24) candidates for promotion to Professorial positions in various Nigerian Universities. He was the Chairman of Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities for two years (May, 2010- May, 2012). He has also served in the university system as Chairman of over twenty (20) Committees and Member of over thirty (30) Committees.
In recognition of his involvement in many cultural and developmental activities in Umaisha Chiefdom he was turbaned as Shetima of Opanda on the 31st December, 2011. He is a Fellow of Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (FNAAE), Fellow of Horticultural Society of Nigeria (FHORTSON) and Fellow of African Scientific Institute (FASI).
Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, a native of Lafia – Nasarawa State, was born on April 4, 1968. After his Primary and Post-Primary education, he attended the School of Basic Studies (A.B.U. Zaria) from August, 1985 to July 1986. He gained admission into Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (A.T.B.U), Bauchi in 1987 and bagged a B.Tech. degree in Physics in 1991. He got his M.Sc. in Applied Physics from University of Jos in 1997 and later proceeded to Okayama University, Japan where he bagged his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics (2004). He began his teaching appointment in 1992, at A.T.B.U. Bauchi, as a Graduate Assistant and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in October, 2010. Amongst positions he held in the University system included: Coordinator – Postgraduate Seminar, Physics Programme (A.T.B.U. Bauchi), Faculty Examinations Officer, Kaduna State University, Head, Department of Physics, Nasarawa State University, Director, School of Preliminary Studies, Nasarawa State University, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Nasarawa State University, Head, Department of Physics, Federal University Lafia. Professor Liman has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses and supervised to completion, several M.Sc. and Ph.D. Thesis/Dissertations. He has been Postgraduate Examiner in four different Universities in Nigeria. He has, to his credit, quite a number of journals published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Liman initiated a proposal on the Japan-Nigeria cooperation in Plasma Technology to the Energy Commission of Nigeria for Establishment of a Plasma Technology Energy Centre (PTEC) at A.T.B.U Bauchi. He established Plasma Research Laboratory at the Kaduna State University, Kaduna and also developed Postgraduate Curriculum for Postgraduate Diploma, M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in Physics, in the Department of Physics, Nasarawa State University, Keffi. Amongst the world class laboratories he has visited, Profess Liman has conducted researches in the following laboratories:Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), Kyoto, Japan;, National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), Toki, Japan; Centre for Plasma Science and Technology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt; Yukawa Centre for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan. Professor Liman served as the second Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Lafia from February 16, 2017 to February, 2021.
Professor Martin ‘Gbemi Ogbe from Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, was born in Burutu, Delta State. He had his early education in Government Primary School, Lagos. He obtained his first degree, B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology from University of Lagos in 1974, served in Kano State as a teacher in Arabic Teachers Training College, Kano in 1975. He joined University of Lagos as a Graduate Assistant in 1976; he gained a sound background in Parasitology and Ecology. Then for the Ph.D he studied the Morphology, life cycles and in vitro development of Schistosoma margrebowiei at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. In 1980, he obtained a PhD and a Diploma of Imperial College, London. His professional career stated at the University of Lagos and his research interests continued in the areas of Epidemiology of Schistosomiasis and other helminth infections. His professional activities have included serving the Nigerian Society for Parasitology as Member of the Editorial Board, President and Member of the Board of Trustees. He served as consultant to tackle problems of parasitic diseases such as Federal Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation. Professor Ogbe joined the services of Delta State University, Abraka in 1994 and served as Head of the Department of Zoology, Dean of the Faculty of Science, first Provost of Oleh Campus, establishing the Faculty of Law, and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). He joined Federal University Lafia in 2012 as the pioneer Dean, Faculty of Science, Chairman Committee of Deans and Directors. He lectures students at all levels in Zoology, Parasitology and Environmental Science. He is presently the Deputy Vice Chancellor and a member of the University Governing Council. His research interests expanded to include information analysis of environmental issues and biological diversity. His achievements in this area have attracted the attention of the Federal and Delta State Ministries of Environment, Shell Petroleum Development Company, United Nations Environmental Programme, United Nations Development Programme and Nigeria Conservation Foundation. He served with a team of consultants to the Federal Ministry of Environment for the preparation of the Nigeria National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, a document which serves the purpose of raising awareness of the occurrence and importance of biodiversity in Nigeria. In recognition of his distinction in the field of parasitology and environmental studies, he has been honoured with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Society for Parasitology (FNSP). He is a fellow of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He serves as a consultant to numerous organisations.
Professor Godfrey Akpan Iwo is an experienced Lecturer and an industry-oriented Researcher with specialization in Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics. Through dedicated, committed and collaborative scientific research efforts, he has developed and released five (5) elite varieties of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) and is been involved in developing fifteen (15) mutant lines of Ginger (Zingiber officinales) with high oleorosine contents. He has also successfully worked on sugarcane, rice, sorghum, cucumber and soybean. He has served the University at different capacities as the Head, Department of Crop Science, academic adviser to Undergraduates and Supervisor and Co-Supervisor to a total of 12 Ph.D and 8 MSc postgraduates.
Afolabi Oluwatoyin is a Professor of Food and Industrial Microbiology with focus on Probiotics and food safety. Currently with the Fed. Univ. of Agric; Abeokuta with 25 years of University teaching experience.I have BSc. (Microbiology)1990, from Unilorin, MSc. and Ph.D Food and Industrial Microbiology from Unibadan (1992 and 2001) respectively . Fellow of Mashav;(2005), TWAS; (2006), ICGEB/FAS; (2007). I have successfully supervised 4 Ph.D and more than 30 MSc students with 41 journal articles in International and local journals.
rof. Stephen E. Onah has been the Director/Chief Executive, National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, since 1st August 2016. He is a man of humble disposition, notable achievements and remarkable successes in his portfolio.
Previously, Prof. Onah has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Agriculture, Makurdi and Distinguished Professor of Stochastic Modeling and Numerical Computing.
Professor Onah hails from Benue State, Nigeria. He obtained both his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Mathematics from the University of Jos and also bagged his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the premier University of Ibadan.
As an erudite and productive scholar, Professor Onah,has contributed a lot to scientific publications. He also contributed immensely to national, international and electronic journals. He has contributed to development of high-level man-power in the country; having graduated a number of Ph.D students, one of who is a Professor and Vice Chancellor of public University in Nigeria.
As a seasoned administrator, academician, professional member of both the Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS) and the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Professor Onah has delivered papers in numerous conferences, both at home and abroad.
In recognition of his contribution to the development of the University and the larger society, Professor Onah has received many awards. He has passion for affecting people’s lives positively. He is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Administration (Nigeria). He was listed in the 15th Edition of Marquis’ Who is Who in the World 2010. Some of the awards and honours conferred on Prof. Onah include:
Professor Onah is happily married with lovely children.
Dr. Mori has 28 years of experience as a collaborative cancer biostatistician, starting with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (1989-1991), Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (1991-1999), and the Knight Cancer Institute (Knight) at the Oregon Health & Science University (1999-present). As the Director of the Knight Biostatistics Shared Resource, she has a long standing collaboration with investigators in the Translational Oncology Program and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Knight Cancer Institute. She holds a position of Walter and Clora Brownfield Endowed Professor of Cancer Biostatistics in the Knight Cancer Institute, is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, President of the Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS), served on the NCI Subcommittee A (Cancer Centers of the National Cancer Institute Initial Review Group (2006-2011) and was a faculty for the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Research Workshop in Vail, Colorado (2015-2017).
Prof. Haja Kadarmideen (DVM, MVSc, PhD) is currently a Full professor and Leader of Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics and Systems Biology group at the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is also the Director of bi-lateral consortiums: the Danish-Indian BioChild Consortium and the Danish-Brazilian GIFT Consortium. His research interests are in Quantitative genetics, Bioinformatics and systems biology of animal health, Welfare, Production and Reproduction; Genomic selection, Conservation and breeding programs of livestock; Genomics, Epigenomics and systems biology of obesity, Metabolic and auto-immune diseases in humansand in use of animal models to study these areas. Prior to current position, he was a Principal Scientist and Leader of Quantitative Genetics and Systems Biology group at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 2006 until 2010, Head of Statistical Animal Genetics group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in Switzerland (2001-2006), and a Dairy cattle geneticist at the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, UK (1998-2001). He obtained his PhD degree in Quantitative and Statistical Genetics from The University of Guelph, Ontario in Canada (1994-1998). As of October 2014, he has authored/co-authored over 220 scientific publications: 65 international journal articles with scientific peer review and 50 refereed books and conference proceedings papers(see full list at: www.qsg.dk/hajak/). He is a member of several Professional Associations including International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) and European Association of Animal Production (EAAP). He functions as member of Editorial board of journals, review panel member of grant applications in EU programs and other national funding agencies.
Dr. Kasem Zaki Ahmed graduated with a BSc and MSc in Agriculture from Minia University, and earned his PhD in Plant Genetics (Biotechnology) from the Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary, in 1993. His university career started at the Faculty of Agriculture, Minia University, Egypt, and was promoted as full Professor in 2004. He held several academic administrative positions as, Member of the Egyptian Universities Promotion Committee of the Professors and Assistant Professors in Genetics(2013-15). A highly prolific author in both English and Arabic, Prof. Ahmed is a past President of the African Crop Science Society.
Professor Antanio Felip Wouk was a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1977 from the Federal University of Parana, Brazil, with residence in Surgery. He did MS in Veterinary Medicine, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil and Ph.D in Biology and Physiology from National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France in 1984. He acquired his Post doctoral studies at Alfort Veterinary School, France. He is Full Professor of Surgical Sciences at Federal University of Parana and Catholic University of Parana, Brazil and Ex member of the section of health development of Roussel Uclaf laboratories in Paris. He is Professor of the Qualittas Institute of Veterinary Continuing Education and President of The National Association of Specialized Veterinary Doctors (ABVET). He is Member of the Commission of Veterinary Education of the National Board of Veterinary Medicine, and Member of the National Commitee of Animal Experimentation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil.