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Prof. Cheikh Ly

Cheikh Ly joined GALVmed’s Board in September 2023, bringing with him 40 years of experience in Development, Research and Academia. His knowledge spans the domains of animal production, veterinary sciences, livestock economics, policies and value chains, and capacity development. He is currently a consultant in livestock development.

He earned his Veterinary Doctorate in 1981 from the Inter-States School of Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (EISMV) at the University of Dakar and obtained a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Michigan in 1985. In 2005, he attained a postgraduate qualification under the Africa and Madagascar Council for University Education (CAMES) to become a veterinary school full tenure professor.

Throughout his career, Professor Ly has held various roles with different organisations including FAO, from where he retired in 2016, and was latterly the regional animal production and health officer at the FAO Regional Office for Africa in Accra. Beyond FAO, he worked for the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA), the Inter-States School of Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (EISMV) as lecturer-researcher, and for the International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC) in Banjul, the Gambia as a Director General.

Additionally, Professor Ly has served as a consultant for numerous national and international organisations, such as FAO, African Union Inter-African Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), World Bank, African Development Bank, CILSS and USAID, among others. He has made significant contributions to the academic world, authoring several publications, and mentoring numerous theses. He currently serves on the Boards of Brooke Working Horses and Donkeys (UK and East-Africa), West Africa Rural Foundation (Senegal) and as Chair of the Financing and Partnership Panel (PFP) of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) that is managed by FAO and WAHO.  He is Honorary Chair of the Senegal Veterinary Association since 2006 and member of the Senegal National Academy of Sciences and Technics (Section Agriculture Sciences) since 2003.

Within GALVmed, he is also a member of the Technical Scientific Advisory Committee.

He lives in Senegal.

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