Carol N. Ibe is the Founding President of JR Biotek Foundation, a charitable organisation established to help train present and future African scientists and to promote joined up thinking on sustainable development. Carol graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Nigeria and a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Carol also holds a second master’s degree in clinical embryology from the University of Oxford and is currently doing a PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge under the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Carol’s research focuses on rice, the staple food of a large part of the world, and how to produce quality rice in places where there are poor soil and climate conditions, including sub-Saharan Africa. Carol has won several awards, commendations and recognition, including ‘Star Scientist of the Month’ by Women in Biomedicine (July 2017), ‘Researcher of the Month’ by the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative (May 2017), First Year PhD Graduate Seminar Prize by the Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University (2016), and Winner of the Maryland Women’s Business Plan and Pitching competition, USA (2015).
Alongside her PhD, Carol forges partnerships with world leading experts and institutions to develop and provide quality and affordable scientific training programmes for students and researchers in Africa. In March 2017, she launched a new partnership with the Cambridge University’s Department of Plant Sciences to train Africa-based agricultural research scientists and academics in Cambridge annually. Carol created and led the first African Diaspora Biotech Summit and a Bioinnovation for Africa Pitching Competition, both of which were held in Cambridge University in April 2017. She is deeply passionate and committed to helping countries in Africa build a strong workforce of skilled scientists and bio-industry leaders who are capable of applying their knowledge and ingenuity to improve lives and systems in the continent.