Associate Director: GIBEX-Africa
Dr. Albert Ayeni has 29 years research, teaching, extension and administrative experience in West Africa, Brazil, Cameroon, Puerto Rico,Tanzania and the United States of America. After 23 years of active teaching, research and extension in Weed Science and Agronomy, he assumed an administrative role in September 2001 as Assistant Director, Rutgers’ SEBS/NJAES International Programs. He became Associate Director for GIBEX-Africa in 2004. In this position Ayeni has successfully linked RutgersUniversity and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to ten African Universities in nine countries. He played a key role in securing two major grants for GIBEX-Africa in the last 12 months to consolidate the GIBEX partnership on the African continent. He has also successfully negotiated four Native Pharmacological Material Development Agreements with GIBEX-Africa partners to pave the way for the transfer of field deployable biodiscovery kits developed by Rutgers University and the University of Illinois, now known as GIBEX Screens-to-Nature (GIBEX-STNTM) kits.
In 2007, Ayeni coordinated a highly successful training workshop on GIBEX-STNTM and Bioexploration/Biodiversity Database development at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He is currently developing a compendium on African Underexploited Food Plants focusing on potential health and economic benefits derivable from such plants. As Assistant Director of SEBS/NJAES International Programs Ayeni worked with the faculty to develop an international expertise database for the college. He also facilitated international collaborations and student exchanges including the FIPSE-CAPES Grant awarded to enable student exchange between US and Brazil Universities. Professional accomplishments include more than 90 publications in international journals, proceedings, and books and direction of several Ph.D. and other research projects. Since 2003, Ayeni has served as Associate Editor for Weed Science, the official journal of the Weed Science Society of America. He also serves as Awards Committee Chair for the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development. Ayeni is a Co-PI in the USDA-NRI funded project on the viability of Ethnic Crops on the US East Coast. Past awards include Outstanding Weed Scientist by the World Bank Assisted Osun State ADP, (Nigeria), Ford Foundation Scholar and Institute for International Education Scholar. Ayeni is listed in The Ultimate Professional Directory of International Who’s Who of Professionals for 2000, and in the 2005-2006 Who’s Who of Africans in America by the US African Christian Publishing, Inc.