Building our Biofuture: Policy issues and opportunities for next generation biotechnologies


Halima Benbouza

National Council of Scientific Research and Technologies

Director for Science and Technology


Dr. Halima BENBOUZA is currently a Director for Science and Technology at the National Council of Scientific Research and Technologies, Algeria. She received her doctorate in agronomic sciences and biological engineering from Agro Bio Tech Gembloux, Belgium studying Plant Breeding and Genetics and was offered a postdoctoral position to work with the ARS-US-DA. From 2010-2016, she served as inaugural Director of Algeria National Biotechnology Research Center. She is past President, for two mandates, of the Intersectoral Commission of Health and Life Sciences of Algeria’s. Pr. BENBOUZA served on the Algerian National Council for Research Evaluation and the Sectorial Permanent Board of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Between 2015-2019, she was appointed representative of Algeria to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee, and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan African Congress of Ethics and Bioethics (COPAB) since 2015. In 2017, she served on the Committee on Regional Workshops on Science and Technology Issues for the Biological Weapons Convention, convened by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In 2022, she served as representative of Scientific Research for Africa on the Group of Friends of the Co-chairs on Digital Sequence Information of Genetic Resources for the UN Convention on Biodiversity. In 2020-2022, Pr. BENBOUZA, served as independent expert for the development of WHO’ Global Guidance Framework for the Responsible Use of the Life Sciences. Recently, 2024, she was selected as a member of WHO Technical Advisory Group on the Responsible Use of the Life Sciences and Dual-Use Research. In addition, Pr. BENBOUZA consults for a number of international organizations on biosafety and biosecurity education and serves as research reviewer on various international scientific panels. She was the recipient of the 2023 Elizabeth R Griffin Program Lecture Award.

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