In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today, we recognise Dr. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah.
Born in 1946, Dr. Oteng-Yeboah is the Chair of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee. He is a leading advocate of biodiversity in Africa, representing the continent at major meetings related to conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity including significant contributions to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related processes. He was principally involved involved in the establishment and management of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Over the years, he has held significant positions in and contributed to the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and the Global environment Facility (GEF). For a number of years he has also served as Chair of the International Partnership for the SATOYAMA Initiative (IPSI) and remains an authoritative figure in all matters pertaining to biodiversity.
He was recently honored with the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity (2014) for his outstanding contributions to conservation and sustainable use at local and global levels, in addition to influencing various biodiversity-related efforts and raising awareness.