Zeyaur R. Khan

Incoming International Branch President-Elect

Dr. Zeyaur R. Khan, Principal Scientist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, was elected ESA Fellow in 2010. He is internationally lauded for his development and dissemination of the innovative system of "push–pull farming," which simultaneously addresses issues of crop pests, soil improvement, food security, climate change and sustainability.

Khan attended the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, receiving M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in insect taxonomy and insect physiology, respectively. After teaching at Rajendra Agricultural University (1980–1983) in Bihar, India, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow (1983–1985) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1985-1986), entomologist at IRRI (1986–1991), and visiting senior scientist at Kansas State University (1991–1993) before joining icipe in 1993. Khan is also an adjunct professor at Cornell University and at Northwest University in South Africa. He is a council member of International Congress of Entomology.

Khan has mentored 50+ graduate students from 16 countries, authored or co-authored 150 scientific papers, 10 book chapters, and five books. He was a plenary speaker at the 2008 International Congress of Entomology.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, London, recipient of the International IPM Excellence Award (2009), ESA's Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology (2010), icipe’s  Thomas Risley Odhiambo Distinguished Fellow award (2012), and Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Outstanding Career in Agriculture (2015).

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