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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2014-12-05 23:18 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2019-06-27 15:39 UTC (yaothierry66@gmail.com)
Date of publication
2019-06-28 19:37 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Cameroon
Profile of the Expert
Holder of BS, MS, PhD in biology, animal breeding and genetics, genetics, respectively from Cuttington College, University of Florida and Pennsylvania
State University. Chief Research Officer(genetics) at the Institute of Agricultural Researc for Development. Work experience in animal improvement, biodiversity, biosafety and biotechnology. Was Chief of Regional research Centre of Wakwa, Director of valorisation and development Support in the Ministry for Science and Technology, Technical Adviser I to the Minister, Executive Secretary Cameroon Academy of Sciences. Member UNECA Advisory Body for S&T. Consutant for UNECA, FARA, UNDP and is currently Technical Advisor to the Cameroon Biosecurity Project. Was member of taskforce for the NBSAP I & II. Was also Scientific Advisor to the National Biosafety Project as well as Development of National Biosafety Law.>
Personal Information
Mr. David Mbah
Cameroon Academy of Sciences>
Yaounde, Centre
Cameroon, P. O. Box 1457>
  • Male
  • Cameroonian
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
<Cameroon Academy of Sciences>
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Executive Secretariat
Start date
Main responsibilities
Execution of decisions of Executive Committee and General Assembly
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Cameroon
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Valorisation of research results for development
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Institute of Animal Research
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Research and Management of Research
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
BS(cum laude) in Biology
Name of academic institution
Cuttington College
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
MS in Animal Breeding and Genetics
Name of academic institution
The University of Florida
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
PhD in Genetics
Name of academic institution
The Pennsylvania State University
Start date
Ending date
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Technology Management
Negotiation Techniques for Senior Managers
Prioritation of Research Programmes
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety policy and legal expertise
  • Risk assessment
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Dairy production in the tropics: Performance of improved cattle genotypes in Cameroon highlands
Estimates of genetic parameters in the Gudali and Wakwa cattle breeds in Cameroon
Genetic trends in a selection experiment(Gudali and Wakwa) in Cameroon
List of other publications
Genetic and environmentalinfluences on milk and milk component production
Genetic and economic implications of selecting for milk protein
Mortality of cattle breeds due to ticks at Wakwa
Adaptation of cattle in Wakwa: Susceptability to heat stress
Towards a biosafety policy in Cameroon
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
grant from the US National Academies to organize a national workshop on food security
grant from US National Academies to conduct and advisory study on advances in onchocerciasis research and implications for control
grant from US National Academies to organize a workshop to develop national biotechnology policy framework
Professional memberships
Cameroon Biosciences Society
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Member Scientific Council of African Biotechnolgy Agency: with other members studied and approved the scientic programme of the Agency, etc
UNECA Advisory Body for Science and Technology: Among others,developed biotechnology project for Africa that had to carried ahead by UNECA, Also reviewed several consultancy reports commissioned by UNECA
Served as rapporteur in one of the meetings>
One of 2 Project Technical Advisors to the Cameroon Biosecurity Project: Handling of issues related to LMOs in particular while treating issues of biological invaders. Also comment on reports by consultants to the project while being in contact with the Project Coordination Unit, etc
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Widikum / Moghamo
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • French
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
  • French
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
Mr Pierre HELE
Ministry of Environment, Nature of Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED)
Ministerial Building n°2
Yaounde, Centre Region
Phone:+237 22 23 34 23
Fax:+237 22 23 34 23
Key Professional References
Emmanuel Bonde, Minister of Mines and Technological Development(Former permanent Secretary, MINREST),
Additional Information
Additional Information
Have been major actor in NBSAP development and eventually Revision as well as being scientific advisor in the development of the national biosafety law. Have also been involved in 3 Adhoc Technical Experts Meetings(first on article 18, second on biosafety organized by CBD Secretariat in Rome in 2005 and 3rd on Biosafety within biosecurity organized by FAO in 2006 in Rome. Have also given several papers nationally and internationally  on biotechnology/biodiversity/biosafety..