Professor Martin Diran Makinde was a Senior Adviser at New partnership for Africa’s Development ( NEPAD) planing and coordinating agency industrialization, science, technology and innovation hub. He is the immediate director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise of the Nepad Agency based in Ouagadougou.  Burkina Faso where he coordinated regulatory capacity building of Afican Union Member states towards building functional Biosafety regulatory systems in Africa.  In this position, he also coordinated the development programs on the African Orphan crops among many collaborating partners based in Africa, China, Europe, and the USA.

Prior to this, he served at various positions at the NEPAD agency, including as the Director of the West African Bio-sciences Network under the African Bio-sciences initiative. Outside the NEPAD agency, he was a member of the project advisory committee on ‘ control of bacterial wilt disease on enset’project being carried out by IITA and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) ,is Member of the University of Ibadan Research Foundation: Member Advisory council to crop life international , compact : Member : Advisory council of UNESCO Experts Group on category 11 Regional Biotechnology center, based at the University of Nigeria, Nsuka : and served as chair of the organizing committee for youth leadership summit and chief reviewer, fostering innovation and leadership in the African Academy under the African center for innovation and leadership development. He was also serving as a member of the Bio innovate program Advisory committee; chair of the board, Global emerging pathogens treatment consortium. He was at a time member of the board and later president of Africa Bio, a Biotechnology stakeholders association  ( 1999-2010)

Prof. Diran Makinde

Professor Diran Makinde earned the Doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) and a PhD in Veterinary physiology degrees from the University of Ibadan in 1976 and 1986; respectively and a Diploma in Neurophysiology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1981. He was Professor of Animal science at the University of Venda; South Africa where he also served a five-year term as Dean of the School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry ( 1997-2001). In addition, he lectured at the University of Ibadan (1977-1991): and Zimbabwe (1989-1995). His research interests was in the field of gastrointestinal physiology of monogastics, which included areas such as digestibility and intestinal transport.  He developed and applied these methodologies in feeding trials with Agricultural Biotechnology products in risk assessment studies that brought him into global arena of Biotechnology and Bio-safety with the advent of genetic engineering tools in agriculture.

He has well over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals locally and internationally, as well as several contributions in the forms of books and chapters in books. He is a C – rated scientist as evaluated in 1998 by the South African National Research Foundation which is defined as Established researchers, who as individuals or members of a team, produce research outputs of an international standard which are appreciated by science, Engineering or Technology community either internationally or locally ‘

He was known in all institutions he served as an excellent teacher by students and peers evaluation and in resource mobilization.  He served as a reviewer of manuscripts for several scientific journals, external examiners for Masters and Ph.D. thesis and contributed to grant proposal writing in his resource mobilization drives.  He was one of the founding fathers   Association of the Yorubas in Diaspora South Africa ( AYIDSA) where he served as the Vice-chairman Hall of paladins.
Professor Diran Makinde is a Yoruba of Ijesa stock, Osun state and married to Yetunde Makinde ( Nee Abiose) and blessed with children.
He died in Johannesburg on 1st August 2019 aged 70 years.
May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Olusola Agbeniyi

The National Executive Council of AYIDSA wishes to announce the departure, from our midst, of a quintessential personality, an illustrious Yoruba, and a distinguished Nigerian – Professor Diran Makinde. We are also using this moment to send our heartfelt condolence message to the entire family of the departed soul, AYIDSA family, the Yoruba Community in South Africa and the Nigerian Community in South Africa. May the good Lord ease this painful period for everyone he left behind. We pray that God will comfort every member of Makinde’s family for the departure of a father, husband, and brother; and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. May all the friends and associates of the departed soul be strengthened and comforted during this difficult period.

Public Relation Officer,

My condolences to the family of Prof. Diran Makinde on his passing into glory. During his lifetime, Prof Makinde was the deputy chairman of the Hall of Paladins of our association among many other responsibilities both professionally and in other capacities.
We as AYIDSA appreciate his invaluable contributions and we are grateful for his advice and support over the years.
He will always be in our hearts.
May his gentle soul Rest In Peace in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, AYIDSA family and all Nigerians that he touched during his lifetime.
Goodnight Prof. Makinde.
President of Association of Yoruba in Diaspora South Africa.

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