Dr Ekesi is a Principal Scientist and Head of the icipe the Plant Health Theme.
He obtained his PhD from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria in 1999 and undertook his post-doctoral research both at icipe and Rothamsted Research in UK. His area of research interest is integrated pest management (IPM) that is based on the use of entomopathogens, baiting techniques, botanicals, orchard sanitation and classical biological control for the management of arthropod pests of horticulture.
He has more than 20 years of working experience with arthropod pests of horticulture and has coordinated several research projects on the same topic. His recent research activities are focusing on filling critical gaps in knowledge that are related to the impact of climate change on ecosystem services with emphasis on pest management and pollination and developing adaptation strategies to cope with changes.
Dr Ekesi sits in various international advisory and consultancy panels for the FAO, IAEA, WB and regional projects on fruit flies and several other important arthropod pests.
He is currently a member of the International Fruit Fly Steering Committee (IFFSC) and member of the Editorial Board of the Newsletter of Tephritid Co-workers of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.