Location: Institut Pierre Richet, Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire.

Raphael currently holds a Lecturer position in Medical Entomology within the Disease Control Department of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has a Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases from LSHTM and a PhD in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University & Research, in Holland. Initially, he developed as a civil engineer in road construction in a High School of engeering in Ivory Coast, his homeland. He began his Entomology career in 1997 within the Institut Pierre Richet (IPR) and the French Research Institute (IRD) where he learned all the technical aspects involved in the phase I&II steps of the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES).

Raphael joined the school in October 2002 and he was first based in Ivory coast where he managed vast vector control programmes with specific emphasis on malaria vector resistance in West Africa and the development of new tools to overcome it. In 2004, he engaged with a local collaborator (CREC) in Benin, built up and trained technical team from scratch, built a laboratory and suites of experimental huts for the evaluation of novel products.

During the last decades, Raphael has actively engaged with the Innovative Vector Control Consortium and private sector manufacturers on vector control product development. He has worked with the WHOPES for over 16 years on the evaluation of mosquito control products, and he recently joined the WHO Technical Expert Group as a consulting member on Malaria Vector Control. He is also a member of the WHO Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group.