Sanginga, Nteranya

Director General

Tel: +234 0700800IITA, +1 201 6336094 , Ext. 2374
Nationality: Congolese
Station: Nigeria (Ibadan)

Photo of Nteranya Sanginga
Dr Sanginga has more than 21 years of experience in agricultural research and development, particularly in applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition, and integrated natural resources management in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, having worked with the University of Zimbabwe, IITA, International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria, and Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT.

Before joining IITA as Director General, he was the executive director of CIAT-TSBF from 2003 to 2011.

As a research administrator and leader, he has strong skills in research management, situation analysis, resource mobilization and project management, developing partnerships and institutional linkages, institution building, managing complex structures and systems, and capacity building. He played a major role in the creation of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA).

He is a board member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, administered by UNEP; advises the Global Environment Facility on sustainable land management global issues; is a member of the editorial board of Applied Ecology Journal; and an occasional editor for Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Biology and Fertility of Soil, Plant and Soil, Nutrient Cycling in agroecosystems, Soil Science Society of American Journal, African Crop Science Journal, and Nigeria Journal of Soil Science.

He has trained more than 30 PhD candidates at the National University of Congo, School of Agriculture and University of Zimbabwe, who now hold leadership positions in their countries.

Dr Sanginga had worked at IITA from 1989 to 2002 in various capacities: principal scientist and head, soil microbiology unit; project coordinator; and multidisciplinary program leader.

He did his postgraduate training at IITA and his PhD in Agronomy/Soil Microbiology under a joint program between IITA and the Institut Facultaire des Sciences Agronomiques, Yangambi, DRC, in 1981─1984.

He has published more than 120 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and was honored with the International Foundation for Science Sven Brohult Award for contribution to agricultural and agroforestry research.