Rufus Eseoghene Ebegba (Ph.D) is the Pioneer Chairman of the African Union Biosafety Regulators Forum, the Steering Committee of the West African Biosafety Regulators Forum and DG/CEO, NBMA. As the DG/CEO of NBMA, he is responsible for the provision of regulatory framework, institutional and administrative mechanisms for safety measures in the application of modern biotechnology in Nigeria, with the view to preventing any adverse effect on human health and biodiversity. He has over 30 years of working experience in the areas of Administration, Biosafety Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Biotechnology and sustainable utilization of renewable natural resources. He has a PhD in Biodiversity, M.Sc. in Environmental Biology and B.Sc. Biodiversity. As an invited speaker, he is interested in the Application of Biotechnology and will be speaking on the topic The Role of Biosafety in Fostering Novel Research and Application of Modern Biotechnology and Biomaterials