Dr Michael Okal (Mike)

Michael Okal

Director of Research and Development

Michael is a Research for Development Scientist and Entomologist with a focus on rational pest control, sustainable agriculture and innovation systems. His doctorate research paved way for improved tools for controlling Afro-tropical Malaria mosquitoes by discovering the first attractant for gravid Anopheles gambiae s.s. and developing a tool box for studying the behavior.

Michael previously worked for the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology taking a lead roles in several projects that co-developed and jointly scaled evidence-based technologies through public & private partnerships. Mike is passionate about product development and commercialization and now leads research foe new locally-adapted products for controlling several pests of public, veterinary and agricultural importance not limited to mosquitoes, tsetse flies, stable flies and fruit flies.

“Translating scientific findings and innovation into effective products and services is the best way to improve lives and accelerate development” - Mike Okal

Michael holds a PhD degree (Infectious and Tropical Diseases) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and professional trainings from the Pennsylvania state University and the Swedish University of Agriculture.