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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
109645
Status
Published
Date of creation
2016-01-28 10:47 UTC (bchnigeria@gmail.com)
Date of last update
2016-10-24 15:07 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2016-10-24 15:07 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Nigeria
Profile of the Expert
Studied Plant Biotechnology at the University of Polytechnic, Ancona, Italy; Managing the Environment at Aberystwyth University, Wale, United Kingdom; Information Science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Environmental Biology at both Bachelors and Masters level at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Has undergone several professional international and local trainings in Biosafety.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Ms Chinyere Nzeduru
National Biosafety Management Agency
393/394 Augustus Aikhomu Way, Utako District
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
Nigeria, 900286
Phone:+234 808 742-2499,+234 703 333-6570
Email:chicledia@yahoo.com,chicledia@gmail.com
Url:National Biosafety Management Agency
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Nigerian
Date of birth
1961
Place of birth
Nigeria
Current employment
Employer / Organization
National Biosafety Management Agency
Acronym
NBMA
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Environmental Biosafety and GM Commercialisation
Start date
2012
Main responsibilities
Environmental risk assessment review of all types of GMOs, including:
i. plants, animals and microbes;
i. assessment of horizontal gene flow;
ii. risk reduction or management strategies;
iii. risk/cost/ benefit analysis; and
iv. risk governance;
2. Determination/identification of national protection goals and national risk threshold;
3. Coordination of technical review meetings on commercial/environmental releases of GMOs
4. Identification of personnel and staff training/capacity building needs of the office;
5. Participation in the review of technical documents of the Agency including National Biosafety Policy, Act, regulations and guidelines etc;
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Serbia
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Federal Ministry of Environment
Start date
2005
Ending date
2014
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Participating in the formulation and implementation of national biosafety policies and procedures with regard to modern biotechnology products;
•Providing advice, information, instruction and training on biosafety matters, including requirements for licensing, certification of facilities and classification of activities under the Nigerian National Biosafety Guidelines;
•Assisting in the management of the National Biosafety Clearing House (NBCH) including, collation and validation of records and information for publication on the BCH central portal;
•Assisting with risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) Maize, Rice, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Birds & Microbs for laboratory and field trials, and for commercial releases; receipt, acknowledgement and preparation of application dossiers for the crops;
•Providing the initial response to, and investigation of, accidents and emergencies involving biotechnology products, including assistance with the development of corrective/mitigation strategies.>
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Acronym
FMARD
Start date
2000
Ending date
2001
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Main areas of responsibility
Headed the Policy Management and Databank Unit of Federal Department of Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and RD
•Coordinated the analysis, formulation and review of policies, strategies and programmes for integrated and sustainable rural development and for associated capacity-building;
•Managed and maintained FDRD database including data collection, collation analysis, processing, verification and dissemination;
•Prepared and interpreted reports in various format;
•Assisted in providing support for all ministry decentralized offices in prioritizing of ministry's technical co-operation themes and participated in national and multilateral strategies and processes;
•Participated in the management of federal government rural development project pipeline.>
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Acronym
UNMIK
Start date
2001
Ending date
2004
Type of organization
  • UN and other specialized agency of the UN Common System
Main areas of responsibility
Served as an expert under the UNV programme in the wake of post conflict reconstruction in Kosovo,  in different capacities but focused mainly on policy formulation, advice and coordination, with emphasis on the environmental  challenges particularly in an ethnically divided society
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc in Environmental Biology
Name of academic institution
University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos Nigeria
Start date
1981
Ending date
1985
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc in Managing the Environment
Name of academic institution
University of Aberystwyth, Wales United Kingdom
Start date
2009
Ending date
2010
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
M.Sc in Plant Biotechnology
Name of academic institution
Marche University of Polytechnic Ancona, Italy
Start date
2012
Ending date
2013
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Certificate of participation on Short Cources in Biosafety from Michigan State University, USA
Certificate of participation in Risk Communication Training from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Certification of participation in Special  Biosafety Training on Insects,Vaccines and STPs from GENOK, Tromso, Norway
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • LMO sampling and detection
  • Risk assessment
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
DNA Barcoding Simplifies Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops in Biodiverse Regions. PLoS ONE 7(5): e35929. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035929
Experiences in sub-Saharan Africa with GM crop risk communication. GM Crops and Food: Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain 4:1, 1-9; January/February/March 2013; © 2013 Landes BioscienceText entry
Potential Non-Target Pollinators of GM (Bt) Cowpea in Nigeria
Awards and Professional Memberships
Professional memberships
Biological Safety Association of Nigeria
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • English
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • French
/C
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • French
/C
References
References
Mr Rufus O Ebegba
Director General and Chief Executive Officer
National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA)
National Biosafety Management Agency
393/394 Augustus Aikhomu Way
Utako District
Abuja, FCT
Nigeria, 900283
Phone:+234 803 314 7778
Email:rebegba@gmail.com
Url:National Biosafety Management Agency