Saliou Niassy was born in 1979 in Popenguine, Thies in Senegal.
He is a BSc and MSc holder in Natural Sciences and a holder of a Postgraduate degree in Zoology of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD). After his MSc in 2006, he was involved in a Swiss project in Urban Agriculture in Dakar funded by the National Swiss Funds under until 2008. Saliou is a DAAD Alumni under the ARPPIS Network of the African Insects Science for Food and Health (icipe).
He completed his PhD in Agricultural Research of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 2011. Later he was employed as the Coordinator of the AfroMont network at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In 2013 after a successful establishment of the network, Saliou returned to icipe to take up a research position under an AU funded project on grain legumes.
In January 2015, Saliou was appointed as head of the technology transfer Unit. Saliou developed a keen interest in questions such as food security in Africa. Saliou has also knowledge on minor subjects such as communication, language skills. He is an active member of the African Association of Insect Scientists. He has attended and organized several national and international training workshops and conferences.