Prof. Ida Sithole-Niang

 A is professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), and is also coordinator of the MSc Biotechnology programme. She obtained an honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of London and a PhD from Michigan State University (MSU), USA working on chicken herpesviruses, and a postdoctoral fellow in bacterial genetics. Her research is on cowpea crop improvement, microbial diversity of endophytes, metagenomics of extreme environments and is a member of the African Soil Microbiology Project.

Idah has distinguished herself as a regulator in biotechnology and biosafety; in governance and leadership as the immediate past chairman of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) Board of Trustees and now its Ambassador; as chair of the board for Science House for African Youth (SHAY), Vice- Chairperson of the RCZ, fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of the Sciences, and a  member of the UZ Council; and at spotting talent having served on the Rhodes Scholarship-; the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)- and the Joshua Nkomo Scholarships Selection Committees.