He takes up the post in succession to Professor David Hume, who has been Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) since its inception in 2014.
With a background and interests in genomics, Professor Djikeng brings a wealth of experience in developing and leading biosciences research and development and capacity building programmes across agricultural development and public health initiatives.
“We are absolutely delighted with Professor Djikeng’s appointment. As the Centre takes a world-leading position in tropical livestock health, his exemplary leadership skills and expertise will be essential for driving its success.”
Professor David Argyle, Head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
“CTLGH has made a successful start on its journey to becoming a world-leading research hub for Africa under the leadership of David Hume. It is now time to accelerate our activities and Appolinaire Djikeng is the ideal person to lead this next phase of CTLGH’s development. I am excited about working with Appolinaire to achieve real translational benefits from the excellent research in CTLGH.”
Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Interim Director of The Roslin Institute
The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health has a remit to build on the world-class research expertise of its partner institutions, ensuring the development and deployment of genetics and genomics technologies to improve livestock productivity and livelihoods in the tropics.
In addition to his role as CTLGH Director, Professor Djikeng has been appointed to a new Chair in Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh.
“I am grateful to all three founding partners for the trust placed in me to lead CTLGH at this critical stage of its development, and truly honoured to become part of an outstanding international research community with centuries-long track record of delivering remarkable innovations that have shaped our world.”
Professor Appolinaire Djikeng