Raphaël Dodji EKLU-NATEY


Born in Togo, Dr. Raphaël Dodji EKLU-NATEY began his university studies in Theology in Rome, Italy before turning to Biology. He defended a doctoral thesis in Parasitology at the University of Geneva. In parallel to his teaching activities at the university and secondary school level (Geneva, Lomé), he worked in applied research, at the University of Geneva and then in the private sector, on Spirulina, medicinal plants and biotechnology applications (juice, alcohol, vinegar). He also founded and directed for several years the Office of Scientific and Technical Experts in Geneva called BEST SA. A founding member and activist in numerous associations of the African diaspora in Switzerland (human rights, integration of foreigners, African culture, etc.), he participated in the creation in 2000 of the association Traditions et Médecine T&M, at the height of the HIV-AIDS crisis in Africa. He published in 2012 the Dictionnaire et monographies multilingues du potentiel médicinal des plantes africaines – Afrique de l’Ouest. Exchanges in Togo with his grandmother and her family and enriching encounters with many researchers based in Africa and Switzerland inspired him to get involved in research on medicinal plants. Dr. R. D. EKLU-NATEY is currently coordinating a multidisciplinary and international team for the digitization of the Dictionary of Plants as well as its dissemination in all African countries, the Caribbean and Tropical America.