Professor Kevin Yana Njabo is the Associate Director and the Africa Director for the Center for Tropical Research (CTR), a part of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He also holds a joint Associate Professor appointment at both Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He is responsible for supervising CTR’s research teams in Africa and coordinating the development of UCLA’s newly established Congo Basin Institute (CBI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Dr. Njabo also serves as a Visiting Professor at the National University of Rwanda and the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
His research interests are examining the link between biodiversity and human health where he attempts to address the underlying causes of this emergence and how they relate to changes in biodiversity. His area of research focuses on Africa as a platform for case studies of these relationships with the hope that this work will help develop new interdisciplinary tools and methods to forecast and mitigate risks to biodiversity and health, creating sound strategies to enhance the societal benefits of conserving biodiversity. He serves on several professional bodies including the Board of Governors and Global Vice President of the Society for Conservation Biology; Council Member of the Pan African Ornithological Congress Committee and member of the editorial board for Austin Environmental Sciences, a newly initiated peer-reviewed open access journal with an aim to develop a platform for innovative researchers working in the areas of Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Christopher Ikeanyi is a Nigerian immigrant and a career public school educator. He received his initial formal education up to a bachelor’s degree in Nigeria before coming to the United States. He later acquired advanced degrees in the United States including a doctorate degree from USC Rossier School of Education in Los Angeles.
He has been in the California public school system for the past 31 years. He rose through the ranks and has served in all three levels of K-12 education as a high school teacher, a middle school teacher and elementary school assistant principal and principal. He currently works in Human Resources division of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a School Support Administrator.
In 2021, he published his father’s biography which he wrote as a veritable medium to celebrate some aspects of core Igbo culture and tradition. It is a book that provides a window into the cultural values, morals and mores of the Igbos, particularly to those with a smattering knowledge of the Igbo ethnic group in southeast Nigeria.