Coordinator - AU - Steering commitee member)
Tropical botanist with many years experience in research in palms, ethno-ecology and factors controlling biodiversity. He has worked extensively among local people and has also been much involved in long-term projects for enhancement of research capacity in developing countries. He has organized numerous conferences and symposia, and participates actively in several international organizations and research projects (i.e., IUBS executive board; GBIF governing board). He has published numerous articles in leading international journals and edited about 12 scientific books.