Juliana Jaramillo
Juliana Jaramillo

Company: University of Hannover / ICIPE Kenya
Position: Scientist - Researcher
Country: Kenya / Colombia

Coffee and insects are Juliana Jaramillo’s passion. Born and raised in the heart of the coffee growing region of Colombia, she started her academic career in CENICAFE, Colombia’s National Coffee Research Institute. Here, she began to study the intricate interactions between coffee berries, the coffee berry borer and its natural enemies.
For the last six years, Juliana Jaramillo has been working as a scientist of Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, seconded to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. This base in Africa has given her the great opportunity of studying the coffee berry borer and arabica coffee, in their centre of origin.

Juliana Jaramillo’s research in Kenya focuses on developing innovative pest management strategies against the borer and on understanding the effects of climate change on coffee systems. She has published widely on these topics in scientific journals and her work has also been featured in international media, such as The Guardian, Reuters News Agency and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She received her first degree from the University of Caldas, Colombia, before graduating summa cum laude in both her Masters and Doctoral degrees at Leibniz University Hannover.