Carol N. Ibe is the Founding President of JR Biotek Foundation. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Nigeria, and a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Georgetown University, Washington, DC (USA). Carol also holds a second master’s degree in clinical embryology from the University of Oxford, and she is presently doing a PhD in plant sciences under the prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship at the University of Cambridge (UK). Carol’s PhD research aims to investigate accommodation mechanisms for both beneficial and detrimental fungi in rice roots. Whilst the beneficial fungus Rhizophagus irregularis has a mutualistic association with the rice crop, the detrimental fungus Magnaporthe oryzae causes rice blast, a deleterious disease that affects between 15-30% of rice harvest in field conditions. Carol is interested in finding practical solutions to the development of rice cultivars with better adaptation to low-input rice agroecosystems, improved biofertilization systems, and the development of effective disease control strategies against rice blast. She is very passionate about improving the quality of bioscience education, research capacity building, and bio-innovation in sub-Saharan Africa.