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MEKEI, in conjunction with WASD, has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the network.

Interested in joining the expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at . You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisation: World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

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Prof. Charles Wambebe

Professor Ahmadu Bello UniversityPharmacology


Location: Zaria, Nigeria


Professor Charles Wambebe is a Professor of Pharmacology and presently the Chair of Product Research and Development for Africa. He is also the President of International Biomedical Research for Africa. Professor Wambebe pioneered the research and development of the first Nigerian HIV-1 candidate vaccine (1999–2002), involving collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta and the Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore. He also pioneered the research and development of the plant extract (CONAVIL) for the management of HIV/AIDS. Pilot clinical trials have been undertaken with promising data (1999–2002). A controlled comparative clinical trial has been planned and is awaiting funding. He developed the Draft Nigerian National HIV Vaccine Plan with support from UNAIDS/ Geneva, 2000. Professor Wambebe is a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and one amongst his numerous awards is the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, First Edition, 1986, the American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, North Caroline, US.