Henri Tonnang is currently Geo-spatial/Data scientist at the International Maize and Improvement Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
He obtained a Bachelor and Master degree in Physics before undertaking further master level studies in Control Engineering and focusing on Machine Learning and Data Mining. He completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics in Agriculture with emphasis on Climate Change Impact Assessments.
Henri Tonnang has experience in carrying out research, establishing and managing multicultural teams of ICT Specialists, Agronomist, Biologist, Extension workers, Soil/ Climate scientists, and Economist to develop next generation of decision making tools, software and mobile phone apps for crops management and health system. His work encompasses the development and application of advanced data analytics and approaches like data/ model fusion to enhance health and agriculture transformation. He is leading the development of novel ways of using mobile phones and open source servers and apps to collect and process data at large scale, which are then used to develop, calibrate and validate new apps for high impact delivery. He is skillful in conducting and managing innovative and multidisciplinary researches, writing manuscripts and reports. He is an effective communicator writing as well as speaking in French, English and Spanish languages. His research further focus on developing algorithms for data reconstruction from published articles.
Henri Tonnang was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship under the African Climate Change Fellowship Programme; he is DAAD, African Regional Postgraduated Programme in Insect Science and Brown International Advanced Research Insitutes alumni. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, an advocate of Open Source Information and an active member of the Global Young Academy where he serves in various committees and co-lead the global access to research software group, which is a part of the Open Science working group. He is also member of the CGIAR expert group on open data.
Henri Tonnang has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers (40 journal articles, 10 book chapters, 4 mobile phone apps, 3 software) and actively mentored or supervised over 20 international trainees (2 Postdoctoral; 7 PhD; 8 MSc, 1 BSc and 5 interns).