Prof. Christian Borgemeister obtained his PhD in Horticulture from Leibniz Hannover University (LUH) in 1991. He lectured at LUH before embarking on a research career in Africa in 1992. Until the end of 1997 he worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Benin, West Africa, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow, then as an Associate, and finally as a Senior Scientist coordinating a multi-country program on the integrated control of an invasive stored-product pest. He returned to Germany in 1998 working as an Assistant, then Associate, and since 2003 a Full Professor for Applied Entomology at LUH. From 2000–2001, he was also a Visiting Professor for Applied Zoology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. From 2005 to 2013 he was the Director General of icipe, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology , a pan-African R&D Center headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. In October 2013 he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Bonn as Head of the Department for Ecology and Natural Resources Management of ZEF, the Center for Development Research. Since January 2015 he is the Managing Director of ZEF.
Borgemeister is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, the Royal Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America. For >8 years he was Chief Editor of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (published by Cambridge University Press) and has affiliations with other distinguished scientific journals as reviewer. He has authored and co-authored over 130 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has co-authored a book on biological control in Africa, and has written over 10 chapters for different scientific books.