Kevin Njabo: How we can stop Africa's scientific brain drain
Kevin Njabo - Conservation biologist
Kevin Njabo is coordinating the development of UCLA's newly established Congo Basin Institute (CBI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Full bio
about sustainable development
and rich biodiversity,
environmental destruction, and poverty.
in sub-Saharan Africa today,
die from malaria every year,
in sub-Saharan Africa.
just one university in Cameroon,
offered some opportunities
to be trained in various fields.
as an ecologist in Nigeria,
to Boston University for my PhD.
in Africa as a continent,
from the West for short stays,
and brightest out of Africa,
in perpetual need of handouts.
for groundbreaking research
of policies and programs
of millions of people the world over,
that returns home,
in the formal and informal sectors.
to build a sustainable Africa together,
to develop the Congo Basin Institute,
with international researchers,
to their own problems.
approach to show how universities,
from the West for short stays,
presence in Africa,
and international researchers.
training in Africa.
of climate change on insects, for his PhD,
his post-doctorate fellowship
to stay on the continent.
a young Nigerian scientist,
for Professional Development
in South Africa
at the same time,
of climate variability and change
as an early warning system
our best and brightest out of Africa,
local talent in Africa.
but couldn't secure the necessary grants,
the science he knew he could.
of returning to the US.
to start collaborating
has over half a dozen collaborative grants
nine of them women,
under climate change,
of Africa taking handouts,
to find their own solutions.
with local communities and students,
the iconic African hardwood.
are exploited for timber,
about their ecology,
80 to 200 years.
some cutting-edge tissue culture work.
entirely from tissues.
produce African timber
them from seeds,
the varieties of ebony
to co-produce ebony
in their various farms
they want in their farms.
using our modern techniques
their land-use systems,
from these products
15,000 ebony trees in Cameroon,
from the middle of a pristine forest.
for our African hardwoods,
to include sapele and bubinga,
when I was 18,
by the Congo Basin Institute,
universities in the world,
powerful and empowering approach.
universities and NGOs as partners.
on our existing laboratory space
and conference facilities
to young African scholars,
of Tropical Agriculture's existing network
across sub-Saharan Africa.
for private-sector investment.
to African scholars,
will stay on this continent
like the Congo Basin Institute,
to solving Africa's problems.
someone will be giving a TED Talk
of Westerners leaving your homes
About the speaker:Kevin Njabo - Conservation biologist
Kevin Njabo is coordinating the development of UCLA's newly established Congo Basin Institute (CBI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Why you should listen
Dr. Kevin Yana Njabo is the Associate Director and the Africa Director for the Center for Tropical Research (CTR), a part of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He also holds a joint Assistant Professor appointment at both Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He is responsible for supervising CTR’s research teams in Africa and coordinating the development of UCLA’s newly established Congo Basin Institute (CBI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Dr. Njabo also serves as a Visiting Professor at the National University of Rwanda and the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
His research interests are examining the link between biodiversity and human health where he attempts to address the underlying causes of this emergence and how they relate to changes in biodiversity. His area of research focuses on Africa as a platform for case studies of these relationships with the hope that this work will help develop new interdisciplinary tools and methods to forecast and mitigate risks to biodiversity and health, creating sound strategies to enhance the societal benefits of conserving biodiversity. He serves on several professional bodies including the Board of Governors and Global Vice President of the Society for Conservation Biology; Council Member of the Pan African Ornithological Congress Committee and member of the editorial board for Austin Environmental Sciences, a newly initiated peer-reviewed open access journal with an aim to develop a platform for innovative researchers working in the areas of Environmental Sciences.
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