Dr. Esther Ngumbi
Assistant Professor of Entomology and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Esther Ngumbi is an assistant professor of entymology and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a senior food security fellow with the New Voices Fellowship at the Aspen Institute.
Dr. Ngumbi has been the recipient of several national and international awards, and she serves as a mentor to many. As an entomologist, her research has focused on understanding the multifaceted uses of chemical signals by herbivores, natural enemies, plants and their associated microorganisms. Additionally, Dr. Ngumbi’s research studying beneficial soil microbes seeks to find microbial-based solutions for improving crop production, alleviating drought stress in crop plants and sustainable pest management.
Believing that global sustainability issues like hunger and food insecurity affect all of us, Dr. Ngumbi works as a food security advocate and researcher and has continued to demonstrate visionary and inspirational leadership in the pursuit of a sustainable future where hunger and food insecurity are eradicated. She has contributed immensely to global discussions in several areas, including science policy, climate change, agricultural development, food security, gender issues, youth leadership, global education and sustainability.
Dr. Ngumbi has written more than 150 opinion articles, which have been published by several international media outlets.