Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Elemo is the current Director General/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s foremost research institute, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO). She assumed office as the seventh Chief Executive of FIIRO and the very first female Director General/CEO. Dr. Gloria Elemo is a distinguished scientist, academician, researcher, administrator and economist. She has a first degree in Biochemistry and Masters and doctorate degrees in Human Nutrition. Formerly a Deputy Director at the Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja, Dr. Elemo was appointed Director, and subsequently the Director General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi in 2007. She is a member of various professional bodies within and outside of Nigeria including the Nigeria Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The New York Academy of Science, African Society of Toxicology Sciences amongst others. She is also a fellow of Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology and Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria. She has published and contributed to Research & Development in the areas of Human Nutrition, Food Processing, Food Product Development and Food Value Evaluation.
Professor Viola Adaku Onwuliri is a Professor of Biochemistry who served as Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and a Minister of State for Education. She holds a BSc, PGCE, an MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry, from the University of Jos and a certificate from the Howard University and Harvard School of Public Health, USA. She has published widely, a former junior minister; Prof. Onwuliri has been recognized as a “pillar of the Catholic Women’s Organisation for her contributions to human development.
Professor Afolabi Akintunde Akindahunsi is a Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry and Toxicology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. An alumnus of Great Ife (Obafemi Awolowo Universsity, Ile-Ife), Professor Akindahunsi has BSc, MSc in Biochemistry, PhD in Applied Chemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. He has engaged various fellowship awards amongst them; the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy; TRIL Fellow, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy; CAS-TWAS Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences, Shanghai, China. He has also served in various academic and leadership positions at the Federal University of Technology, Akure and is presently the Director, International Office FUTA. He is widely published and mentored several academic professionals. He belongs to a number of professional bodies prominent amongst, which is the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular.
Professor Shalom Nwodo Chinedu is a Professor of Biochemistry and the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University. He obtained a BSc in Applied Biochemistry from Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu, an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Benin and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos. He has served in various academic and administrative positions at the Covenant University, Canaanland Ota. Professor Chinedu, is a seasoned academic and researcher, and has published widely in the areas of solid waste bioconversion, cellulolytic enzyme production, and characterization of African protein sweeteners. Professor Chinedu belongs to several professional bodies and is leader “Covenant University Public Health and Well-being Research Group (CUPHWERG), an interdisciplinary research cluster, working with local Council authorities to raise the health and living standards of local communities.
Professor Lawrence Ezeanyika is a distinguished Biochemist, researcher, and administrator at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He obtained a PhD in Nutritional and Toxicological Biochemistry. Prof. Ezeanyika has held various academic and administrative posts including head of department of Biochemistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is an active member of various professional bodies within and outside of Nigeria including the Nigeria Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The New York Academy of Science, Nutrition Society, UK amongst others. He has published extensively and contributed to Research & Development in the areas of Nutrition, Toxicology, and Public Health.
Guest Speaker “Olembe Bassir Lecture”