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Rolf Becker


Executive Director

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I am a scientist, academic and administrator and have a passion for understanding natural phenomena. With a PhD in biochemistry and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, I have dedicated my career to advancing scientific knowledge and making meaningful contributions to my field, through leading and administering teams of academics and students.
Before joining the Ongava Research Centre, I was serving as Professor in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. This role allowed me to engage in research, mentor postgraduate students, and contribute to the academic community by guiding junior personnel. Previously, I held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences, where I played a key role in shaping educational programmes and fostering excellence in teaching and research.
My passion for research is reflected in my list of publications. Despite being predominantly an administrator, I have authored over 30 scientific journal papers, exploring various aspects of biochemistry and an appreciation of natural resources. Additionally, I've contributed to 10 book chapters and have edited three books, aimed at disseminating knowledge and sharing insights with fellow researchers and students. I have also co-authored a field guide on the succulent Euphorbias of southern Africa.
My current research interests lie in the fascinating realms of dryland and microbial ecology, while continuing with studies of Euphorbia plants. These unique ecosystems and their intricate relationships with microorganisms hold great significance for sustainable resource management and the preservation of biodiversity in arid regions. By delving into these subjects, I hope to contribute to a deeper understanding of our natural world and its delicate balance.
I have actively participated in many national and international conferences, delivering more than 120 presentations and posters to share my research findings and exchange ideas with fellow scientists. Additionally, I have written 12 popular scientific articles to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for science.
Through my research, publications, and leadership roles, I aim to make a lasting impact in biochemistry and natural resources. I am driven by a genuine passion for discovery, and I believe that by expanding our knowledge and understanding, we at the Ongava Research Centre can contribute to a more sustainable and harmonious coexistence with our environment. It is my privilege to be part of this incredible journey, and I look forward to continuing my contributions to the scientific community.

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