Professional background:

Experience as researcher:

– Since Nov. 2017:  Chief Research Officer (Plant Breeder) at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) – Cameroon IRAD

– Since Nov. 2010: Principal Research Officer / IRAD

– 2006-2010: Research Officer / IRAD

2002-2006: Research Associate / IRAD

1999 – 2001: Research Assistant / IRAD


Professional positions held:

– Since August 2018: Regional Chief of Centre –IRAD, Nkolbisson (Agroecological Zone 5)

– December 2015 – August 2018: Regional Chief of Centre –IRAD, Ekona (Agroecological Zone 4)

– Since June 2015: Head of stimulant plants (Cocoa and Coffee) Research Program, IRAD

– June 2015 – November 2016: Head Plant Pathology Lab IRAD, Nkolbisson Research Centre

– Oct 2013 – May 2016: Chairman, African Cocoa Breeders Working groups (ACBWG)

– Since Dec 2012: WCF/ACI – Focal Point Cameroon (IRAD)

– Since 2008: Deputy National Coordinator – FODECC/SDMVCC Project – Development and Release and improved Cocoa and Coffee Seeds.


Key Achievements

  • Phenotypic & molecular evaluation and characterization of the cocoa genetic diversity existing in farmers field and in germplasm collections on-station in Cameroon
  • Selection of high yielding and Phytophthora pod rot tolerant varieties in Cameroon through a participatory selection approach
  • Testing of clonal varieties under cocoa farmers environments
  • Establishment of cocoa Seed Gardens in the different cocoa producing areas
  • Capacity building of farmers and the next generation of cocoa scientists in the improvement of cocoa