Prof Borgemeister was educated in Germany where he obtained a Diploma of Engineering in Agriculture at the Georg-August-University Gottingen in 1985 and a PhD in Horticulture in 1991 at the Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH).
He is the former Director General of icipe in Kenya. His previous positions include: Assistant in the institutes of Plant Protection in the LUH, Postdoc, Associate Scientist, Senior Scientist at IITA Benin, Associate Professor and full Professor in 2003 at LUH. Since 2013 he is a full Professor at the University of Bonn (UoB) in Germany, and since 2014 the Managing Director of UoB’s Centre for Development Research (ZEF).
He was Visiting Professor at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, and Editorial Board Member of the Bulletin of Entomological Research, and reviewer for various science journals.
His research interests contain: Entomology, biological control, vector control and IPM in temperature and tropical environments, biodiversity, and international co-operation. He has published >130 papers in peer-reviewed journals, author of 10 chapters for scientific books and co-author of a book.
He is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of the UK, the Entomological Society of America and a member of various scientific organizations. Prof Borgemeister has active collaborations in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe.