Ousmane Amadou KANE

Ousmane Amadou KANE

Place of Birth : Senegal
Position : Founding Member/Vice President of National Academy of Sciences and Techniques of the Republic of Senegal
Field of study : Applied plant physiology and biotechnology; food science and technology; general ecology; biological bases for environment management; general entomology (insect biology); development of strategic guidance documents: national policy in science, technology, and innovation; national research policy; strategy for technology innovation, management, and technology transfer



As a graduate of the Universities of Dakar (1968) and Paul Sabatier of Toulouse (DUES 1969; License 1970; Master 1971), Ousmane Kane holds a doctorate (1976) in Applied Plant Physiology from Pierre and Marie Curie University of Paris. He also holds a PhD (1987) in Food Science and Technology from Laval University in Quebec. As the Former Director General of the Institute of Food Technology (1981-1986), he was Deputy Executive Director and ,then, Executive Director of the African Regional Center for Technology until the end of October 2009. Dr. Kane is the author of five collective books and of more than 70 publications or communications in international scientific journals or events, He has also developed, for several African countries, orientation documents on National Research Policy (Rwanda) or Science, Technology, and Innovation (Central African Republic, Mali, Senegal). As the coordinator, writer, and editor of Senegal's case study of the ''Atlas of Science and Innovation in the Islamic World'' project of the OIC, he is also co-author and presenter in Paris of the Sub-Saharan Africa chapter of UNESCO's 2010 World Science Report and acted as resource person or consultant for several international organizations and governments. As the Founding member of the National Academy of Sciences and Techniques of Senegal, Dr. Kane is also a member of other learned societies, such as the COMSTECH Scientific Advisory Council and several other African and international scientific bodies. He was distinguished by the United Nations University and in the Senegal National Orders of Merit, Lion, and Academic Palms.


  • Executive Director, African Regional Centre for Technology (ARCT, 31 Member countries, April 1997 - Oct.2009)
  • Deputy Executive Director (Sept 1986-June 1992) and Executive Director a.i. until April 1997 of ARCT
  • Director General, Institute of Food Technology (ITA), Senegal (Oct.1981 to Sept. 1986)
  • Technical Director a.i., Institute of Food Technology (ITA) of Senegal (Jan. 1977-March 1980)
  • Researcher, Head of Fruit and Vegetable storage and packaging Section, Institute of Food Technology (ITA - Nov 1971 to Oct 1981)
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