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Dr. Thombiano, a national of Burkina Faso, holds an Undergraduate University Degree (DEUG) in Earth Science, a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Plant Biology and Ecology, a Postgraduate Diploma (DEA) in Ecology/Soil Science, a PhD in Ecology/Soil Science from the University of Aix-Marseille III, France and a Doctorat d'Etat in Soil Science/Ecology from the University of Cocody, Côte d'Ivoire.

Deputy Regional Representative: Lamourdia Thiombiano

He began his professional career in 1985 as Head of the Soil Survey Team and Permanent Secretary of the Scientific Committee of the National Soils Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

From 1985 to 2002, he was also responsible for a soil science course at the University of Ouagadougou and member of various expert committees and missions, Head of the Remote-sensing and GIS (Geographic Information System) Laboratory of the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research at the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

From 1994 to 1998, he was First President of the CGIAR Inland Valley Consortium for Sub-Saharan Africa, Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire. From 1997 to 2000, he was Mission Leader at the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 2000, he was appointed Science Director of the National Centre for Science and Technology Research, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Coordinator of the Sweden/Burkina Faso Programme of Research and Capacity Building for Natural Resources Management.

He joined FAO in 2002 as Senior Soil Resources Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Africa, Accra, Ghana, and in May 2007 became Senior Soil Resources Officer at the FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In January 2011, Mr Thiombiano was appointed FAO Subregional Coordinator for Central Africa and FAO Representative in Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe. He is currently the Deputy Regional Representative for Africa and FAO Representative in Ghana.