The Team – ICRISAT

The Team

Leadership

Governing Board

West & Central Africa Program

Eastern & Southern Africa Program

Asia Program

Genetic Gains Program

Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

CGIAR Research Program

Corporate

Research Committee

Dr Jacqueline D’arros Hughes

Director General

Dr Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes is a noted plant health expert. Before assuming charge as Director General at ICRISAT, Dr Hughes was Deputy Director General-Research at IRRI and before that, DDG-R at the World Vegetable Center. Her long association with CGIAR began when she moved from the UK to Ibadan, Nigeria, in the 90s to join IITA as a virologist. With vast experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in Asia and Africa, she is a recognized leader in international agriculture research and management.

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Dr Kiran K Sharma

Deputy Director General -Research Director, CRP GLDC, Theme Leader – Agribusiness and Innovation Platform Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

Kiran Sharma is Theme Leader for the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), and Principal Scientist- Cell Biology at ICRISAT,  based in Hyderabad. He leads AIP as its CEO, devising strategies for project/program planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneuership, public-private partnerships and value-addition for nutritional enhancement to address malnutrition, hunger and poverty through inclusive market-oriented development.

Expertise in: Project planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneurship, genetic engineering & molecular biology for crop improvement, translation of genetic engineering technologies

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Dr Ramadjita Tabo

Research Program Director – West and Central Africa and Country Representative, Project Investigator – HOPE ll, Mali

Dr Ramadjita Tabo is a cropping systems agronomist with a PhD in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA in 1985. He is currently the Research Program Director-West and Central Africa and Country Representative, Mali. Prior to his current position he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) based in Accra, Ghana (September 2009 to February 2014). Prior to that he was the Assistant Director of ICRISAT-WCA and cropping systems at ICRISAT-Niamey, Niger. Ramadjita worked and was based at various ICRISAT locations including Hyderabad/Patancheru, India; Kano, Nigeria; Bamako, Mali and Niamey, Niger.  He is a member of several  committees amongst which is the Pan-African START (a global Change for Change System for Analysis, Research and Training) Regional Committee (PACOM) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He won several awards one of which is the prestigious 2007 Nobel Peace prize as a member of the IPCC.  He also chaired the Advisory Board of the IDRC funded AfricaInteract  project (Enabling research-to-policy linkage for adaptation to climate change in Africa). He coordinated the Desert Margins Program (DMP) GEF funded project on arresting land degradation and conserving biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa and the Challenge Program on Water and Food funded (CPWF) project on enhancing rainwater and nutrient use efficiency in the Volta Basin. His previous research work also included evaluation and promotion of fertilizer microdosing technology and warrantage system, intensification of integrated crop-livestock system. He has published several papers in scientific journals and proceedings.

My expertise: Cropping systems agronomist,  climate risk management, Cropping systems agronomy and physiology, Integrated soil, water and fertility management, Integrated Crop-Livestock systems, systems modelling, Resource Mobilization and Team Management

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Dr Rebbie Harawa

Research Program Director – Eastern & Southern Africa Program & Country Representative Kenya

Dr Rebbie Harawa is an agricultural research and development expert with extensive work experience across Africa. Before joining ICRISAT, she worked for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa as Head of the Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems program based in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous positions include Country Team Leader and Science Coordinator for United Nations Development Programme Millennium Villages Project and On-farm Research Specialist for World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in Malawi. Rebbie holds a PhD in Soil Science with minor in Extension from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA and a Master of Science Degree in Agronomy from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.

Specialization: Soil Science, Agronomy, Agricultural Extension, Climate Smart Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems and Program Management.

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Dr Pooran Gaur

Research Program Director – Asia Program

Pooran Gaur is Research Program Director for ICRISAT’s Asia Program, and is based at Hyderabad, India. He is a Plant Breeder and Geneticist by training and has over three decades of experience in chickpea genetics and breeding. He has a PhD in Crop Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and developed the first genetic map of chickpea. Before joining ICRISAT in 2001, he was Professor/Principal Scientist (Chickpea Breeding) at Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur, India. He initiated kabuli chickpea breeding program at JNKVV Jabalpur that resulted in popular varieties, including JGK-1 and JGK-2. He induced and identified several mutants in chickpea and was the first to report genetics of many traits.

Pooran led ICRISAT’s chickpea breeding program for 17 years. During this period, 65 chickpea varieties were released in eight countries (India 25, Ethiopia 11, Kenya 9, Myanmar 7, Tanzania 4, Bangladesh 2, Nepal 1 and Australia 1) from ICRISAT-bred material. Other significant achievements in chickpea breeding and genetics include development of multi-parent advance generation intercross (MAGIC) lines and over a dozen recombinant inbred lines (RIL) mapping populations, linkage mapping of traits, development of extra-large seeded kabuli breeding lines, studies on heat tolerance and herbicide tolerance, development of varieties suited to machine harvesting and marker-assisted introgression of drought tolerance QTLs in several cultivars. He was also actively involved in participatory on-farm trials for identification and promotion of improved chickpea varieties in South and Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has contributed significantly to enhancing adoption of improved chickpea varieties in Southern India, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

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Dr Anthony Whitbread

Research Program Director – Innovation Systems for the Drylands and Country Representative – Tanzania

Anthony Whitbread is the Research Program Director for Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad, India. With a PhD from the University of New England in Soil Science and Agronomy, Dr Whitbread leads a team of 30+ scientists across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in an innovation systems mode devising strategies to manage climatic risk, soil fertility and identifying market led development opportunities. This role was preceded by a 20 year research career in the crop-livestock systems of semi-arid Australia, SE Asia and Southern Africa. His team based work has received recognition with the “2006 CSIRO Learning Culture Award” and the 2013 CSIRO team medal for ‘Impact from Science’. In 2011, he became full Professor (W3) of Crop Production Systems in the Tropics at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany combining his passions of teaching and applied research. He has published widely with more than 55 journal articles, a H-index of 21 and citations exceeding 2400.

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Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Research Program Director – Genetic gains

Rajeev Varshney is Research Program Director- Genetic Gains, at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Botany (Molecular Biology) from CCS University, India. He joined ICRISAT in 2005 and in his dual appointment also served the CGIAR Generation Challenge Program (hosted by CIMMYT, Mexico) as SubProgramme Leader 2, for 6 years. Before joining ICRISAT, Rajeev worked at IPK-Gatersleben, Germany for 5 years. He holds Adjunct/ Honorary position with >10 organizations, and provides leadership to several organizations by serving as member/chair for several committees, editorial boards, funding organizations and advisory boards, etc.

Rajeev is recognized as a leader in genome sequencing, genomics-assisted breeding, translational genomics and capacity building in international agriculture. He has made a pioneering contribution by integrating advanced discoveries in genomics with crop improvement especially in legumes in developing countries. Among different noted contributions, he has genome sequence of 10 crops including pigeonpea, chickpea, groundnut and pearl millet and several molecular breeding products in chickpea and groundnut to his credit. Genomics resources developed by his colleagues and collaborators are being used in several breeding programs with an objective to modernizing crop improvement in developing countries. He has provided strategic leadership, as a Principal Investigator, to Tropical Legumes projects, that have facilitated the release of 266 improved legumes varieties and production of about 498,034 tons of certified seeds with the benefit potential to over 5.0 million ha and over 25 million smallholder farmers in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Joanna Kane-Potaka

Assistant Director General – External Relations

Joanna is an Australian national and has a Master of Science degree in Global Marketing.

Prior to joining ICRISAT she was Director, Communications and Marketing Information and Knowledge Group, International Water Management Institute, where she was responsible for science marketing, corporate communications, uptake approach of research findings, private industry fund raising, internal communications and information management. She was also Head, Information Management and Marketing, Bioversity International and Information and Communications Leader, WorldFish Center

She began her career as an agricultural economist with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (BAE at the time) and later moved into market research in the agribusiness area of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Since then she has worked in a wide variety of marketing-related areas including strategic marketing, communications, fundraising, knowledge management, and uptake of scientific research.

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Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee

Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs

Arabinda Kumar Padhee is an Indian national. He has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and a PhD from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from University of Birmingham, UK. He has taken public policy courses at University of Toronto; Civil Services College, Singapore; and University of Cambridge at various points in his career.

Dr Padhee joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1996 and belongs to Odisha cadre. Among the various positions he has held are District Magistrate and Collector; Director, Agriculture and Food Production; Director, World Bank assisted Rural Livelihoods Project; Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Cuttack; Chief Administrator, Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri; Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Tourism and Culture Department, Odisha and Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Government of India, New Delhi. During his tenure with the Odisha Government, he was instrumental in drafting the Odisha State Agriculture Policy in 2008. He has also served as a member of the Technical Support Group of the erstwhile Planning Commission that prepared the District Agricultural Plan manual. Government of India appointed Dr Padhee as the first nodal officer to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilizers in 2016.

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David Johnson

Director of Corporate Services

Kunal Sarkar

Senior Manager Human Resources & Acting Director HR

Prof. Prabhu Pingali

Chair, ICRISAT Governing Board ,
Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute and a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Prof. Prabhu Pingali is the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute and a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, with a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell University, he was the Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008-May 2013. Prof. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007. He was the President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) from 2003-2006. He was elected Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2006 and of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2009. Prof. Pingali has spent some time working with the CGIAR for 15 years from 1987-2002, first with IRRI in the Philippines and then with CIMMYT in Mexico.

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Dr S Trilochan Mohapatra

Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR)
Krishi Bhavan
New Delhi, India

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra is an Indian national. He obtained MSc and PhD in Genetics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. Dr Mohapatra is presently holding the position of Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education, and is also the Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, and the National Rice Research Institute (formerly CRRI), Cuttack, Odisha.

Dr Mohapatra contributed to the development of 12 varieties of rice and mustard including the long grain Basmati variety, Pusa Basmati 1121, and the first high-protein rice variety, CR Dhan 310. Dr Mohapatra has been recipient of several honors and awards recognizing his academic and research contributions, including the INSA Young Scientist Award, Prof LSS Kumar Memorial Award, NAAS-Tata Award, IARI-BP Pal Award, DBT Bio-science Award, NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award 2016, IMS Diamond Jubilee Memorial Award 2016, Dr D. Sundaresan Memorial Oration Award 2017, NASI Lecture Award 2017 and Prof NG Ranga Memorial Award by the Andhra Pradesh Science Congress 2017. He also received the Recognition Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences for the biennium 2013-14 for significant contributions in Plant Improvement and the Lifetime Achievement Awards of the Indian Genetics Congress and the Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists.

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Dr Jacqueline D’arros Hughes

Director General

Dr Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes is a noted plant health expert. Before assuming charge as Director General at ICRISAT, Dr Hughes was Deputy Director General-Research at IRRI and before that, DDG-R at the World Vegetable Center. Her long association with CGIAR began when she moved from the UK to Ibadan, Nigeria, in the 90s to join IITA as a virologist. With vast experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in Asia and Africa, she is a recognized leader in international agriculture research and management.

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Prof. Wendy Umberger

Director Global Food Studies
President AARES (www.aares.org.au)
Professor, Agricultural and Food Economics
Faculty of the Professions
The University of Adelaide, Australia &
Chair of Program Committee

Professor Wendy Umberger is the Executive Director of the Centre for Global Food & Resources (GFAR) at the University of Adelaide.  The Centre for GFAR was officially launched in 2016 and focuses on economic issues affecting global food and agricultural value chains. The Centre for GFAR was previously the Global Food Studies unit, which was initiated in January 2013 in the Faculty of Professions.

Professor Umberger is the current President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES http://www.aares.org.au/).  She serves on the Governance Board of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics and the editorial board of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. She is also an honourary Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

She holds a B.S. in Animal Science (1996) and M.S. in Economics (1998) from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (2001) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Prof. Sissel Rogne

Director, Institute for Marine Research
Bergen, Norway

She was recently appointed Director General for Institute for Marine Research after being the Director General of The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board advising the Norwegian Government. Besides this she has also been part-time Professor at Dept of Nature conservation, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and at Dept of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen. She has also been Director of Research at the Agricultural University of Norway.

She has broad experience serving on various research councils and boards of research institutes like Chairman of Bio-production and processing (“blue and green sector”) at the Norwegian Research Council, Chairman of the Aquaculture Institute, Akvaforsk; Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fridtjof Nansen ́s Research Institute; and Member of the Board of Directors of The Norwegian Institute for Gene Ecology. She has been member of the UNESCO IBC (International Bioethics Committee).

During her period as active scientist she authored or coauthored over 30 scientific articles and publications. She was awarded the Norwegian Academic Price for 2012 for her work to promote academic freedom and dissemination of knowledge.

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Dr Yilma Kebede

Former Senior Program Officer- Global Development Program,
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr Yilma Kebede is a recognized leader in agricultural research and plant breeding, seasoned grant-maker and strategist with more than 30 years of experience implementing and funding agricultural and food security programs via foundations, national and international research centers, and private sector–most recently, successfully funding and managing small grains crop improvement, seed systems and African agricultural development portfolios at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As an ICRISAT Research Fellow from 2017 to 2019, Dr Kebede supported implementation of breeding program assessment recommendations for ICRISAT mandate crops (Sorghum, Millet, Chick pea, Pigeon pea and Groundnuts).

Under the Global Development Program of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he served as Senior Program Officer from 2008 to 2016. He spent almost two decades with DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred International (now Corteva) in research.

Dr Kebede completed PhD in Plant Breeding in Texas A&M University, Texas, USA, and Master of Science in Crop Physiology in University of Guelph, Canada.

He is currently a member of AGRA-PASS Advisory Council. He was also a member of Steering Committee, Dryland Cereals CRP (CGIAR).

Dr Kebede is Ethiopian-American.

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Laurie Craig Tollefson

Vice President
International Commission on Irrigation and DrainageCanada &
Chair of Nominations Committee

Laurie Craig Tollefson is a Canadian national. He obtained his BSA and MSc degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

He is currently the Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. In his career spanning over two decades, he has held various positions including, National Science Manager, Agricultural Water, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); Director, National Water Quality and Availability Management Project (NAWQAM); Director International Partnership, AAFC; Manager, Irrigation and Diversification, AAFC-AAC; Canadian Headquarters Co-ordinator, NAWQAM; Team Leader – China/Canada Sustainable Agriculture Development Program; and Manager, Canada -Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre.

He is also associated with professional and voluntary associations such as the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, Canadian Water Resources Association, Canadian Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), Agriculture Institute of Canada, Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, and American Society of Agronomy.

Among the accolades he has received are the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013; The Distinguished Agrologist Award (2009); Outstanding contribution to the Management of the National Water Quality and Availability Management (NAWQAM) Project, Canadian and Egyptian governments (2007); Outstanding contribution to the sustainability of land resources under irrigation and drainage by the Canadian Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (2002).

He has over 44 publications to his credit and has co-authored several book chapters.

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Folasade Ogunde

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Mrs. Folasade Ogunde graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Currently, Ms Ogunde holds the position of Director at UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust. She joined the ICRISAT governing board in 2018.

She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an associate member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). She started her professional career with the firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells (Chartered Accountants), where she gained accounting and audit experience, had a stint in treasury management before joining UAC of Nigeria Plc in 1997.

She has held such positions as Management Accountant, UAC Foods; Divisional Commercial Director, Mr. Bigg’s (now UAC Restaurants) and Group Treasurer, UAC of Nigeria Plc. She has attended senior management and leadership programmes at Ashridge Management College, UK; Cranfield University, UK and Havard Business School, USA.

She is also on the board of RT Briscoe Plc and Associate Member at International Facility Management Association. Ms Ogunde was also the Executive Director & Finance Director for UACN Property Development Plc, Commercial Director at UAC Foods Ltd. and Group Treasurer at UACN Plc.

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Sanjay Agarwal

Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
New Delhi, India

Somesh Kumar

Chief Secretary of Telangana

Mr. Somesh Kumar, born on December, 22, 1963 and a post-graduate in Psychology from the University of Delhi, held key posts in high-profile departments — Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Tribal Welfare, Revenue-Commercial Taxes and Excise Collegiate Education, and AP Urban Services for Poor, among other assignments, and had made his mark on the administration.

As Principal Secretary, Revenue, Commercial Taxes and Excise, he ensured smooth transition to the GST regime, introduced IT, Apps, data analytics to plug loopholes and tax evasion and brought about several measures to curb leakage in the excise revenue and earned a reputation as a tough task master. At present, he is also looking after land matters, Registration, CCLA.

His tenure as GHMC Commissioner saw hike in property taxes, introduction of popular ₹5-a-meal and launch of the Strategic Road Development Plan. As head of the Tribal Welfare department, he introduced Chief Minister’s ST Entrepreneurship Innovation Initiative. In the initial years of his career, he served as Sub-Collector, Bodhan and Nizamabad, and later as Collector of Anantapur district.

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Renerose Tan Ng

Governing Board Secretary, and Advisor, Governance and Compliance

Ms. Ng is a Governance Professional and is an advocate of value-shared governance. Her work experience focused on Legal Administration, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance. She joined ICRISAT in 2016 when she was appointed as Secretary of the Governing Board, and Advisor, Governance and Compliance. In her past career, she collaborated in the regions of APAC and Europe for Risk and Compliance projects, KYC and AMLA, and was a certified Local Security Officer for ISO 27000:2013 (lead implementer) in 2015.

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Dr Ramadjita Tabo

Research Program Director – West and Central Africa and Country Representative, Project Investigator – HOPE ll, Mali

Dr Ramadjita Tabo is a cropping systems agronomist with a PhD in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA in 1985. He is currently the Research Program Director-West and Central Africa and Country Representative, Mali. Prior to his current position he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) based in Accra, Ghana (September 2009 to February 2014). Prior to that he was the Assistant Director of ICRISAT-WCA and cropping systems at ICRISAT-Niamey, Niger. Ramadjita worked and was based at various ICRISAT locations including Hyderabad/Patancheru, India; Kano, Nigeria; Bamako, Mali and Niamey, Niger.  He is a member of several  committees amongst which is the Pan-African START (a global Change for Change System for Analysis, Research and Training) Regional Committee (PACOM) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He won several awards one of which is the prestigious 2007 Nobel Peace prize as a member of the IPCC.  He also chaired the Advisory Board of the IDRC funded AfricaInteract  project (Enabling research-to-policy linkage for adaptation to climate change in Africa). He coordinated the Desert Margins Program (DMP) GEF funded project on arresting land degradation and conserving biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa and the Challenge Program on Water and Food funded (CPWF) project on enhancing rainwater and nutrient use efficiency in the Volta Basin. His previous research work also included evaluation and promotion of fertilizer microdosing technology and warrantage system, intensification of integrated crop-livestock system. He has published several papers in scientific journals and proceedings.

My expertise: Cropping systems agronomist,  climate risk management, Cropping systems agronomy and physiology, Integrated soil, water and fertility management, Integrated Crop-Livestock systems, systems modelling, Resource Mobilization and Team Management

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Dr Malick Niango Ba

Country Representative – Niger
West & Central Africa Program

Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe

Country Representative – Nigeria
West & Central Africa Program

Robert B Zougmore

Regional Program Leader – CCAFS West & Central Africa Program

Robert B. Zougmoré  is the Africa Program Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based at ICRISAT, Bamako, Mali.

By training an agronomist and soil scientist with a PhD in Production Ecology & Resources Conservation from the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, he is defining and overseeing strategic directions for CCAFS research in the West and Central Africa (WCA) region. This involves coordinating actions that lead to coherent implementation of regional activities from participating Centres and other regional and national partners. One of his major tasks is to communicate regional research outputs and strategy through innovative means in order to project a highly professional image for CCAFS and the CGIAR. He also contributes to the themes of Systems Analysis, and Policy and Impact within the ICRISAT regional research program in WCA.

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Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu

Senior Scientist – Land and Water Management (WCA)
West & Central Africa Program

Dr D Hailemichael Shewayrga

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Breeding West & Central Africa Program

Dr Mathieu Ouedraogo

Senior Scientist–Participatory Action Research (CCAFS) West & Central Africa Program

Dr Felix Badolo

Scientist – Agricultural Economics West & Central Africa Program

John Rusagara Nzungize

Senior Project Manager and Technology Uptake Specialist West & Central Africa Program

Dr. John Rusagara Nzungize, a Rwandan national, joined as Project Manager and Technology Uptake Specialist, at ICRISAT-Mali in 2014, to work on the USAID supported project – Africa Rising: Large Scale Dissemination of Technologies for Sorghum and Millet Systems (ARDT-SMS).

John holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Breeding and Plant Protection) from the University of Liege Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium. He has a Masters degree in Plant breeding from the Gembloux Agricultural University (Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux), Belgium and a BSc in Crops Production from the National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda.

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Pierre CS Traore

In – Business Researcher (Secondment)

Agathe Diama

Head-Regional Information – WCA

Baloua Nebie

Senior Scientist-Sorghum Breeding

Fatondji Dougbedji

Senior Scientist – Agronomy

Aboubacar Toure

Senior Scientist-Sorghum Breeding

Jummai Othnielyila

Scientist – Gender Research

Omonlola Nadine Worou

Program Manager

Issoufou Kapran

Senior Scientist – Seed System Specialist

Abdoulaye Djido

Scientist – CCAFS

Issaka Yougbare

Regional Administrative Manage

Dr Boubie Vincent Bado

Principal Scientist – Dryland Systems and Livelihood Diversification

Falalou Hamidou

Senior Scientist – Regional Genebank

Prakash I Gangashetty

Scientist- Pearl millet breeding

Mahamane Larwanou

Senior Scientist – Climate Smart Agriculture

Bouba Traore

Scientist

Dr Ijantiku Ignatius Angarawai

Senior Scientist – Sorghum Breeding, Nigeria

Michael Boboh Vabi

Country Project Manager

Folorunso Mathew Akinseye

Scientist – Agronomy & Agro Climatology

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Dr Rebbie Harawa

Research Program Director – Eastern & Southern Africa Program & Country Representative Kenya

Dr Rebbie Harawa is an agricultural research and development expert with extensive work experience across Africa. Before joining ICRISAT, she worked for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa as Head of the Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Systems program based in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous positions include Country Team Leader and Science Coordinator for United Nations Development Programme Millennium Villages Project and On-farm Research Specialist for World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in Malawi. Rebbie holds a PhD in Soil Science with minor in Extension from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA and a Master of Science Degree in Agronomy from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.

Specialization: Soil Science, Agronomy, Agricultural Extension, Climate Smart Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems and Program Management.

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Dr Tilahun Amede Wondifraw

Principal Scientist – Natural Resources / Systems Agronomy and Country Representative

Dr Patrick Okori

Country Representative – Malawi

Martin Philani Moyo

Country Representative – Zimbabwe

Dr Eric Manyasa

Senior Scientist, Cereals Breeding

Dr NVPR Ganga Rao

Product Placement Lead

Dr Henry Fred Ojulong

Senior Scientist – Breeding

Dr Esther Mwihaki Njuguna

Senior Scientist (Gender Research)

Dr Akpo Essegbemon

Scientist – Seed systems specialist – HOPE ll and TL llI

Hapson Mushoriwa

Principal Scientist & Regional Breeding Theme Lead

Dr Conrad Murendo

Special Project Scientist (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Principal Scientist – Crop Livestock

André F. van Rooyen is Principal Scientist specializing in crop-livestock systems in the research program on Innovation Systems for Drylands (ISD), at ICRISAT, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Holds a PhD from the University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa. Uses complex adaptive systems (CAS) characteristics to analyze system functionality and explore opportunities to improve and develop more diverse and integrated agricultural systems. Working in both dryland and irrigation systems where cereal crops, legumes and livestock complement each another, utilizes Innovation Platforms, working with a diverse range of value chain players, to increase on-farm production and improved market integration. Work is based on the hypotheses that integrated agricultural systems, linked to functional markets, increase land, labor and water productivity, resulting in increased system efficiency and environmental sustainability, while providing routes out of poverty for small scale farmers.

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Dr Sabine Homann Kee Tui

Senior Scientist

Sabine Homann is a social scientist in the Research Team Markets, Institutions, Nutrition and Diversity (MIND), Research Program Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. With a PhD from Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, in Agricultural Sciences. Research focus is on sustainability transitions for crop livestock farming systems in African Drylands, using innovation systems, value chain development and stakeholder engagement approaches, with a combined 15 years working experience. Expertise covers farming systems analyses, knowledge brokerage and social learning supporting market led development. For devising climate change adaptation strategies and influencing decisions towards sustainable development pathways, uses multi-modelling approaches and future scenario development with stakeholders. Through participatory and action-oriented research design feeds concrete information and practical experience into development and policy relevant dialogues, and contributes to better understanding of decision making processes in agriculture. Has authored and co-authored more than 20 Journal publications, and a wide range of communication products for research, development and policy audiences, including booklets, book chapters, information briefs, blogs and videos, a H-index of 7, 7 and 261 citations.

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Dr Pooran Gaur

Research Program Director – Asia Program

Pooran Gaur is Research Program Director for ICRISAT’s Asia Program, and is based at Hyderabad, India. He is a Plant Breeder and Geneticist by training and has over three decades of experience in chickpea genetics and breeding. He has a PhD in Crop Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and developed the first genetic map of chickpea. Before joining ICRISAT in 2001, he was Professor/Principal Scientist (Chickpea Breeding) at Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur, India. He initiated kabuli chickpea breeding program at JNKVV Jabalpur that resulted in popular varieties, including JGK-1 and JGK-2. He induced and identified several mutants in chickpea and was the first to report genetics of many traits.

Pooran led ICRISAT’s chickpea breeding program for 17 years. During this period, 65 chickpea varieties were released in eight countries (India 25, Ethiopia 11, Kenya 9, Myanmar 7, Tanzania 4, Bangladesh 2, Nepal 1 and Australia 1) from ICRISAT-bred material. Other significant achievements in chickpea breeding and genetics include development of multi-parent advance generation intercross (MAGIC) lines and over a dozen recombinant inbred lines (RIL) mapping populations, linkage mapping of traits, development of extra-large seeded kabuli breeding lines, studies on heat tolerance and herbicide tolerance, development of varieties suited to machine harvesting and marker-assisted introgression of drought tolerance QTLs in several cultivars. He was also actively involved in participatory on-farm trials for identification and promotion of improved chickpea varieties in South and Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has contributed significantly to enhancing adoption of improved chickpea varieties in Southern India, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

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Harish Gandhi

Principal Scientist & Regional Breeding Theme Lead – Asia & Interim Global Head Breeding

Dr Mamta Sharma

Theme Leader – Integrated Crop Management

Dr Sreenath Dixit

Principal Scientist & Head ICRISAT Development Center (IDC)

Dr Sreenath Dixit is Principal Scientist & Head, IDC based in Patancheru, India, since January 2018. He is currently working with the ICRISAT Development Center, Research Program-Asia on developing strategies for capacity building and large-scale uptake of science-backed technologies to achieve impact on the ground.

With a doctorate in Agricultural Extension from the Universality of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India (1993), he works on capacity building strategies to implement multi-disciplinary, multi-institute consortium projects on ground with focus on scaling up across large areas.  He belongs to the 1990 batch of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). His efforts have led to many ICAR awards, such as Vasantrao Naik Award for Dryland Agriculture and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Tribal Agriculture improvement besides the Young Scientist award of the Indian Society of Extension Education early in his career.

Expertise in: Participatory natural resource management, innovative institutional mechanisms for promoting sustainable rural livelihoods in fragile ecosystems, technology testing and frontline extension strategies, location-specific adaptations to climate change and ICTs in agricultural extension

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Rajan Sharma

Principal Scientist (Cereals Pathology) & Head, Plant Quarantine Unit

Suresh C Pillay

Head – Farm & Engineering Services

Suresh C Pillay is Head of Farm & Engineering Services, Research Program-Asia,  and is based at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. He has been working with ICRISAT since the last 29 years.

He holds a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Allahabad University, India. Prior to joining ICRISAT  Pillay had a brief stint with Southern Region Farm Machinery Testing & Training Institute (SRFMT&TI),   a Government of India organization involved in testing farm machinery and equipment and training progressive farmers/entreprenuers in mechanized farming.

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Dr P Janila

Principal Scientist – Groundnut Breeding

Dr A Ashok Kumar

Principal Scientist – Product Placement Lead

Ashok Kumar is a Principal Scientist (Plant Breeding) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semiarid Tropics (ICRISAT), India heading the sorghum breeding research. With Ph D from Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, he has 19 years of research experience in the area of genetics, plant breeding for improved products development in various crops particularly sorghum and castor. Since 2006, his major focus is on developing innovative approaches that enhance breeding efficiency for higher genetic gain in sorghum for various end-uses- food, feed, fodder and fuel. Besides improving sorghum for food, feed and forage, he is currently leading the projects on genetic diversification of hybrid parents, biofortifying sorghum with higher grain Zn and Fe concentration and developing sorghums amenable for first (1G) and second generation (2G) bioenergy production. He was instrumental in release of first biofortified sorghum variety ‘Parbhani Shakti’ and worked extensively in seed systems development for increased adoption of cultivars. He has published 82 journal articles, 40 book chapters, 50 conference papers and co-authored six books. He has >40 international partnerships in various projects. He is currently guiding five Ph D students.

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SK Gupta

Principal Scientist

Sobhan Babu Sajja

Senior Scientist – Crop Improvement Operations Team Lead

M Govindaraj

Senior Scientist – Sorghum Breeding

M Govindaraj is Senior Scientist (Sorghum Breeding), Crop Improvement Theme, Research Program-Asia, at ICRISAT, and is based in Hyderabad, India.

With a PhD from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Dr Govindaraj works on the development and dissemination of diverse breeding lines and hybrid parents in pearl millet. He also leads the HarvestPlus-supported pearl millet biofortification research and development program at ICRISAT (for both India and West and Central Africa). This program mainly focuses on developing high-iron/zinc pearl millet hybrid parents, and hybrids for high-iron pearl millet cultivar development as well as on strengthening research partnerships in India and West and Central Africa. His team efforts led to the landmark release of a high-iron variety (Dhanashakti), and the first three iron biofortified pearl millet hybrids (ICMH 1202, ICMH 1203 and ICMH 1301) in India.

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S Srinivasan

Senior Scientist (Chickpea Breeding)

Anupama J Hingane

Scientist – Pigeonpea Breeding

S Gopalakrishnan

Principal Scientist – Microbiology

S Gopalakrishnan, Principal Scientist (Microbiology), Integrated Crop Managment (ICM),Research Program-Asia, works at ICRISAT headquarters in Hyderabad, India.

Dr Gopalakrishnan has a PhD in Biology (Microbiology/Plant Pathology) from University College London (UCL), London, followed by three years as a postdoc at Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Tsukuba, Japan. He was the recipient of the prestigious European Union, JIRCAS and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowships for his doctoral and postdoctoral research, respectively.

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Dr Hari Kishan Sudini

Principal Scientist – Groundnut Pathology

Hari Kishan Sudini is Principal Scientist (Groundnut Pathology), Research Program-Asia, at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India.

Hari obtained his PhD in 2009 from Auburn University, USA, majoring in plant pathology. During his doctoral studies, Hari worked on soil microbial community structure and aflatoxin contamination in different peanut-based crop rotations.

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Dr Raju Ghosh

Dr Raju Ghosh is currently a Scientist in Legumes Pathology. In his earlier seven-year stint at ICRISAT, he worked as a Special Project Scientist. His aim is to decipher the hitherto unexplored world of begomoviruses in India. He is actively involved in basic and applied research in pathogenomics and proteomics of plant pathogen interactions, and developing cost effective diagnostic tools in combating fungal diseases in legumes. He is also involved in research activities of ICRISAT’s Center of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection (CCRPP) and the applied aspects of agriculture extension to promote chickpea in different Indian states.

Dr Ghosh has a PhD in Genetics (Plant Virology) from the University of Calcutta and has done post-doctoral work at the Plant Virus Referral Testing Laboratory of the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi.

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Dr Jagdish Jaba

Jaba Jagdish is Scientist under the Theme Integrated Crop Management (Research Program – Asia), at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India. He holds a PhD from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. Jaba was fellow of ICAR-SRF for pursuing PhD programme and awarded as best research paper award at 2nd Bio-pesticide international conference during 2009. He was awarded first grant as principal investigator from ICRISAT and young scientist award from EET CRS, Mumbai. His earlier experiences include as a Research Associate (UAS-Raichur); Regional agronomist (DuPont), Subject Matter Specialist and visiting scientist. He is editorial member of three international and two national plant protection journals. He has published more than 26 reserach articles in national and international journals.

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Ramesh Singh

Ramesh Singh

Principal Scientist – Soil and Water Conservation

Dr G L Sawargaonkar

Senior Scientist (Agronomy)

Dr Girish Chander

Girish Chander is Senior-Scientist, Natural Resource Management, at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India, since 2010. He is currently working with the ICRISAT Development Center, Research Program-Asia on strategic research issues and promoting large-scale uptake of science-backed technologies to achieve impact on the ground.

With a doctorate in Soil Science (Chemistry/Fertility) from Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, India (2004), he devises strategies for dealing with soil health management and resilience-building of production systems. His efforts have led to many awards, such as ICRISAT’s Doreen Margaret Mashler Award (for contributions in Karnataka, India, 2011), Outstanding Partnership Award – Asia (for partnership between ICRISAT and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, 2017), Outstanding Scientific Article Award (published in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 2017).

Expertise in: Soil fertility & chemistry; INM, watershed management; scaling-up

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Dr Mukund Dhavaji Patil

Senior Scientist (Soil Physics)

Mukund Patil is Senior Scientist at the ICRISAT Development Center (IDC), ICRISAT, Hyderabad.

Mukund is an agricultural engineer who completed his masters and doctoral work on Vadoze zone hydrology of rice field at IIT-Kharagpur.

At ICRISAT he is coordinating watershed projects supported by private companies. He is also involved in the Digital Tools for Agriculture application piloted by IDC in project sites.

Expertise in: Soil physics, recycling of wastewater in agriculture, ICT for agriculture

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Dr K H Anantha

Senior Scientist-Natural Resource Management

Kaushal K Garg

Senior Scientist-Natural Resource Management

Dr Aviraj Datta

Scientist-Wastewater Management

Aviraj Datta is Scientist, IDC based in Patancheru, India. He joined ICRISAT in May 2014 as Visiting Scientist. He is currently working with the ICRISAT Development Center, Research Program-Asia developing decentralized wastewater treatment technologies to generate revenue through safe utilization of treated wastewater in agriculture. The aim is to abate the harmful and unsafe raw-wastewater irrigation practice prevailing in the semi-arid tropics. The work aims to improve the wastewater management in villages while increasing the water use efficiency.

Expertise in: Decentralized wastewater treatment; Rural wastewater management; Bioremediation of polluted air/water streams.

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Rajesh Nune

Scientist – Hydrology

KNV Satyanarayana

Manager – Office Operations

Prasad Jairam Kamdi

Manager – Watersheds

Pushpajeet Lokpal Choudhari

Pushpajeet Lokpal Choudhari

Manager – CRAL

C Buchappa

Head- Farm & Engineering Services

Girish S Panchariya

Genomics & Trait DiscoveryPre-breedingCell, Molecular Biology & Genetic EngineeringSeed SystemsForward BreedingSequencing, Informatics Services Unit

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Research Program Director – Genetic gains

Rajeev Varshney is Research Program Director- Genetic Gains, at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Botany (Molecular Biology) from CCS University, India. He joined ICRISAT in 2005 and in his dual appointment also served the CGIAR Generation Challenge Program (hosted by CIMMYT, Mexico) as SubProgramme Leader 2, for 6 years. Before joining ICRISAT, Rajeev worked at IPK-Gatersleben, Germany for 5 years. He holds Adjunct/ Honorary position with >10 organizations, and provides leadership to several organizations by serving as member/chair for several committees, editorial boards, funding organizations and advisory boards, etc.

Rajeev is recognized as a leader in genome sequencing, genomics-assisted breeding, translational genomics and capacity building in international agriculture. He has made a pioneering contribution by integrating advanced discoveries in genomics with crop improvement especially in legumes in developing countries. Among different noted contributions, he has genome sequence of 10 crops including pigeonpea, chickpea, groundnut and pearl millet and several molecular breeding products in chickpea and groundnut to his credit. Genomics resources developed by his colleagues and collaborators are being used in several breeding programs with an objective to modernizing crop improvement in developing countries. He has provided strategic leadership, as a Principal Investigator, to Tropical Legumes projects, that have facilitated the release of 266 improved legumes varieties and production of about 498,034 tons of certified seeds with the benefit potential to over 5.0 million ha and over 25 million smallholder farmers in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Dr Shivali Sharma

Theme Leader – Pre-breeding

Shivali Sharma is Theme Leader – Pre-breeding; and Senior Scientist – Genetic Resources at ICRISAT-Hyderabad.  She has a PhD in Plant Breeding from Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur, India.

She is a recipient of ICRISAT’s Promising Young Scientist Award, Outstanding Scientific Article Award and Resources Mobilizer Award in recognition of her research achievements on the use of plant genetic resources for pre-breeding.

Expertise in: Doubled-haploidy (DH) breeding, plant genetic resource management and utilization, wide hybridization, tissue culture, crop breeding

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Dr Rajeev Gupta

Theme Leader- Genomics & Trait Discovery

Rajeev Gupta is  Principal Scientist and Theme Leader – Genomics and Trait Discovery (GTD), Research Program Genetic Gains at ICRISAT’s , headquarters in Hyderabad, India.

He is a result-oriented and accomplished biotechnologist, molecular biologist, molecular geneticist and a successful leader with a PhD and a PDF from University of Cambridge, UK, and UC Berkeley, USA, respectively.

Expertise in: Abiotic stress tolerance, biotechnology, molecular biology, genomics, transgenics, yield stability, yield enhancement

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Dr Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur

Theme Leader – Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering

Dr Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo

Principal Scientist & Project Coordinator-TL-III & Theme leader, Seed System

Dr Damaris A Odeny

Theme Leader Biotechnology (ESA)

Dr Rakesh K Srivastava

Senior Scientist – Chickpea Genomics Genomics & Trait Discovery

Dr Santosh P Deshpande

Senior Scientist – Molecular Breeding

Dr Rachit Kumar Saxena

Senior Scientist – Applied Genomics

Dr Manish K Pandey

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Genomics

Dr Mahendar Thudi

Senior Scientist – Chickpea Genomics

Ganesh Bapurao Patil

Special Project Scientist

Dr Manish Roorkiwal

Senior Scientist-Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Manish Roorkiwal is Scientist – Genomics and Molecular Breeding, at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India. With a basic background in molecular genetics and applied genomics, Manish obtained his PhD in Biotechnology from GGSIP University, Delhi. He has over 10 years of research experience. At the core of his work is the improvement of crop productivity of legumes in marginal environments in Africa and Asia using modern genetics and breeding approaches, including genomic selection and GWAS. After joining ICRISAT, he has been working in the area of genomics and molecular breeding with special emphasis on next generation sequencing technology including SNP genotyping and whole genome re-sequencing. He has been using modern breeding approaches such as genomic selection to address the issue of low productivity in chickpea. In his current role, he has been working as an interface between the Genomics and Breeding programs to deploy markers in routine breeding and to work towards the initiation of forward breeding at ICRISAT.

My expertise: Genomics, forward breeding, next generation sequencing, modern breeding approaches such as genomic selection and Marker Assisted Backcrossing

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Dr K Hima Bindu

Senior Scientist-Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Hima Bindu Kudapa, Scientist, Genomics and Molecular Breeding, Forward & Integrated Breeding, Research Program – Genetic Gains, works for ICRISAT at Hyderabad.

Her basic background is in molecular biology and her research focus is on functional genomics for crop improvement.

Expertise in: Genomics, molecular biology, functional biology, molecular breeding, plants interaction to biotic and abiotic stresses

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Geoffrey Simiyu Muricho

Scientist – MLE Specialist

Annapurna Chitikineni

Senior Manager – Center of Excellence in Genomics

Prasad Bajaj

Manager-Computational Biology

Sudhakar R Palakolanu

Sudhakar R Palakolanu

Scientist

Markets, Institutions, Nutrition & DiversitySystems Analysis for Climate Smart AgricultureAgribusiness and Innovation PlatformDigital Agriculture & Youth

Dr Anthony Whitbread

Research Program Director – Innovation Systems for the Drylands and Country Representative – Tanzania

Anthony Whitbread is the Research Program Director for Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad, India. With a PhD from the University of New England in Soil Science and Agronomy, Dr Whitbread leads a team of 30+ scientists across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in an innovation systems mode devising strategies to manage climatic risk, soil fertility and identifying market led development opportunities. This role was preceded by a 20 year research career in the crop-livestock systems of semi-arid Australia, SE Asia and Southern Africa. His team based work has received recognition with the “2006 CSIRO Learning Culture Award” and the 2013 CSIRO team medal for ‘Impact from Science’. In 2011, he became full Professor (W3) of Crop Production Systems in the Tropics at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany combining his passions of teaching and applied research. He has published widely with more than 55 journal articles, a H-index of 21 and citations exceeding 2400.

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Dr Kiran K Sharma

Deputy Director General -Research Director, CRP GLDC, Theme Leader – Agribusiness and Innovation Platform Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

Kiran Sharma is Theme Leader for the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), and Principal Scientist- Cell Biology at ICRISAT,  based in Hyderabad. He leads AIP as its CEO, devising strategies for project/program planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneuership, public-private partnerships and value-addition for nutritional enhancement to address malnutrition, hunger and poverty through inclusive market-oriented development.

Expertise in: Project planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneurship, genetic engineering & molecular biology for crop improvement, translation of genetic engineering technologies

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Dr Michael Hauser

Theme Leader – MIND & Principal Scientist

Michael Hauser is an agro-ecologist specialized in farm and food system changes. In partnership with farmer associations, universities, civil society, and the private sector in Africa and Asia, Michael conducts theory-led research on critical transitions towards sustainable natural resource management, extension approaches, and marketing strategies to enable farmers to participate in markets. Before joining ICRISAT early 2017, Michael chaired AGRINATURA, the Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development representing the major European research and education stakeholders in development-oriented research and higher education. These include universities and research centres dealing with tropical and subtropical agriculture, forestry, food and human nutrition, veterinary medicine, fisheries, and environmental sciences. AGRINATURA collaborates with organisation and networks to develop research and higher education capacities, such as the GFAR, EFARD, as well as the European Commission, CGIAR, FAO, IFAD, FARA, and RUFORUM. Michael Hauser was Director of the Centre for Development Research at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Under his directorship, the Centre brokered and coordinated inter- and transdisciplinary agricultural research for development across university departments, civil society and the private sector. Michael supervises doctoral students and teaches under- and postgraduate classes on livelihood system dynamics and change facilitation. For his courses on sustainable agriculture with East African universities, he received the University Teaching Award recognising innovative training programs.

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Dr Andrew Smith

Senior Scientist & Theme Lead Farming & Systems Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture

Ram Kiran Dhulipala

Theme Leader – Digital Agriculture & Youth

Ram Dhulipala leads the Digital Agriculture Theme at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. After obtaining his engineering degree from Government Engineering College, Hyderabad, he also acquired an MBA in 2011.

He worked as a software engineer in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) from 2004 to 2010. In TCS, he worked primarily in the telecom domain for customers, such as Ericsson, and British Telecom; and was into technologies like VOIP, OSI stack and SIP programming. He also has rich experience in architecting solutions in Enterprise IT environments. As a manager he has worked in executive positions in the corporate sector in the areas of finance, corporate strategy, program management and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across diverse sectors. Ram is a strong believer in partnerships and has managed complex projects that bring together people/teams with diverse skills and backgrounds.

Expertise in: Technologies such as VOIP, OSI stack and SIP programming; architecting solutions in Enterprise IT environments; finance, corporate strategy, and program management

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Martin Philani Moyo

Country Representative – Zimbabwe

Dr Murali Krishna Gumma

Head, GIS and Remote Sensing Lab

Murali Krishna Gumma is Head of Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System unit and Senior Scientist – GIS/Geospatial science with ICRISAT, working across Asia and Africa. Prior to this, he was a Remote Sensing Specialist and PDF at IRRI and a project scientist with IWMI. Murali Krishna has over 18 years’ experience in remote sensing and geographic information systems and their application to agriculture, wetlands, river basin management, natural resource management, water resources, forests, sustainable development, and environmental studies. His work experience spans over 30 countries spread across Asia and Africa. He is currently working on seasonally updated information on dryland cereals and legumes agro-ecologies; characterization of abiotic and biotic stresses in major dryland cereal growing areas; developing the spatial model for selecting best sites for legume cultivation in rice-fallows; estimating the area of adoption of short duration legumes (drought resistance); and impact assessment and supporting multidisciplinary teams across ICRISAT using multi-resolution remote sensing and GIS spatial modelling.

My expertise: Remote sensing and geographic information systems

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Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Principal Scientist – Crop Livestock

André F. van Rooyen is Principal Scientist specializing in crop-livestock systems in the research program on Innovation Systems for Drylands (ISD), at ICRISAT, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Holds a PhD from the University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa. Uses complex adaptive systems (CAS) characteristics to analyze system functionality and explore opportunities to improve and develop more diverse and integrated agricultural systems. Working in both dryland and irrigation systems where cereal crops, legumes and livestock complement each another, utilizes Innovation Platforms, working with a diverse range of value chain players, to increase on-farm production and improved market integration. Work is based on the hypotheses that integrated agricultural systems, linked to functional markets, increase land, labor and water productivity, resulting in increased system efficiency and environmental sustainability, while providing routes out of poverty for small scale farmers.

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Dr Thomas Falk

Senior Scientist – Ecosystem Service and Natural Resources Governance

Dr S Nedumaran

Senior Scientist – Economics

Nedumaran Swamikannu is Senior Scientist (Economics) from the Research Program for Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad/India. Obtained Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Tamilnadu Agricultural University and a post-doctoral fellow from University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. Well-trained in agricultural economics and working as Senior Scientist in Research Program on Markets, Institutions and Policies (MIND) at ICRISAT, India. With ten years of experience in the field of development policy analysis, natural resource management (NRM), foresight and scenario analysis of dryland crops, adaptation and mitigation to climate change and ex-ante impact assessment of technologies and development program, and has conducted research in collaboration with multiple stakeholders both Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Current projects led at ICRISAT (1) Global Futures Projects for Agriculture; (2) Foresight and scenario analysis under CRP-Policies, Institutions and Markets. (3) ICRISAT-SLU project on the dynamics of Urban Sprawl. Also coordinating and conducting research in CRP- CCAFS on climate change impacts for ICRISAT mandate crops as well as in crop model improvement to assess the potential of promising crop technologies under climate change condition. Also contributed immensely to address the targeting and priority setting concern of CRP Dryland Cereals and Grain Legumes by using his analytical prowess harnessing national, regional, meso and micro farm level database.

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Dr D Kumara Charyulu

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economics

Dr R Padmaja

Senior Scientist – Gender Research

Padmaja Ravula is Senior Scientist – Gender research at ICRISAT, India with Markets, Institutions, Nutrition and Diversity (MIND) under Research Program on Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD). With PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences (Specialization: Sociology) from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B). A Gold Medalist for her Masters Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pandit Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University. A Sociologist by education and training with 20 years of interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative research on issues related gender, nutrition, social capital and empowerment. A unique competence of training in nutrition research as well as sociological research. Has broad experience working in close collaboration with national and international research institutions, academic institutes, farmers, NGOs, donors and governments. Good team player in multi-disciplinary teams. Well versed with and practitioner of PRA tools and methods. Has more than 54 publications and contributed to development of several research papers and journal articles including impact series, policy briefs, conference papers, edited books, research bulletins and papers in edited books. A Creative thinker, and therefore also interested in bringing out non-conventional/non-academic but interactive products like timelines, video documentaries, visual tools for data collection and analysis. Notable contributions apart from publications, knowledge management and information dissemination include designing and developing methodological tools and frameworks for gender research, with an emphasis on empowerment of rural poor, nutrition and institutions (formal and informal); training and capacity building of student interns, research scholars and PhD students, field staff, researchers including partners to integrate gender and nutrition in social science research activities.

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Dr Sabine Homann Kee Tui

Senior Scientist

Sabine Homann is a social scientist in the Research Team Markets, Institutions, Nutrition and Diversity (MIND), Research Program Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. With a PhD from Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, in Agricultural Sciences. Research focus is on sustainability transitions for crop livestock farming systems in African Drylands, using innovation systems, value chain development and stakeholder engagement approaches, with a combined 15 years working experience. Expertise covers farming systems analyses, knowledge brokerage and social learning supporting market led development. For devising climate change adaptation strategies and influencing decisions towards sustainable development pathways, uses multi-modelling approaches and future scenario development with stakeholders. Through participatory and action-oriented research design feeds concrete information and practical experience into development and policy relevant dialogues, and contributes to better understanding of decision making processes in agriculture. Has authored and co-authored more than 20 Journal publications, and a wide range of communication products for research, development and policy audiences, including booklets, book chapters, information briefs, blogs and videos, a H-index of 7, 7 and 261 citations.

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Caroline Hambloch

Development Economist

Mequanint Biset Melesse

Mequanint Biset Melesse

Development Economist

Dr Jana Kholova

Senior Scientist – Crop Physiology

Jana Kholová is Senior Scientist with the theme System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture (SACSA) at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabd/India. With the PhD in Genetics from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, with specialization in plant genetics and physiology. Her core competencies include dissection of environment-adaptive traits and translating them into high-throughput phenotyping methods, using system modelling tools to characterize target environments and predict the effect of adaptive traits in target agro-ecologies. She is currently coordinating multiple research projects, has published ~ 29 articles (H-index of 14) and has citations exceeding 650 (2017).

My expertise: Integration of interdiciplinary research to enhance the cropping systems production improvement; plant stress physiology, modelling, genetics, phenotyping, plant nutrition, biochemistry and molecular biology.

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Sunita Choudhary

Scientist

Mohammed Irshad Ahmed

Manager – GIS, RS/GIS Lab

Saikat Datta Mazumdar

Chief Operating Officer – NutriPlus Knowledge Program

S Aravazhi

Chief Operating Officer – Innovation and Partnership Program

Purushotham Rudraraju

Manager – Agribusiness

Jonathan Philroy

Manager

Srikanth Rupavatharam

Dr Srikanth Rupavatharam is a Scientist under the Digital Agriculture theme in the Innovations Systems for the Drylands program of ICRISAT. He holds a PhD in Postharvest technologies from Massey University (NZ) and a Masters in the same field from University of Essex, UK. Srikanth has worked in diverse cultural backgrounds in UK, Africa and Oceana. He is a Marshal Papworth Scholar and also a recipient of the prestigious Gardner’s Prize in the field of horticulture from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners (London). He has over a decade of diverse experience in implementing research and development projects, expertise in conducting baseline-impact assessment studies and near-market research. Srikanth mentors AgTech companies in iHub, ICRISAT handling projects that use Artificial Intelligence, Capacity building of Farmer Producer Organizations and developing digital tools for extension management.

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Satish Nagaraji

Senior Manager – Digital Agriculture (M&E & Tools)

Satish is an ICT4D, Knowledge Management (KM4D), and Convergent Media innovator with about ten years of hands-on practice in conceptualizing, developing and implementing technology-based solutions that enable information access and facilitate service delivery leading to sustainable development. He has led teams in developing and rolling out ICT-based initiatives to monitor and enable service delivery in development interventions. He has also developed several new media-based knowledge platforms and processes that enable knowledge outreach leading to informed decision-making. He has worked extensively with and built capacities of grassroots communities in using knowledge-driven participatory communication and technology development processes for rights-based advocacy. He has engaged and liaised with multi-sectoral international partners, donors and implementing agencies.

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Dr Kiran K Sharma

Deputy Director General -Research Director, CRP GLDC, Theme Leader – Agribusiness and Innovation Platform Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

Kiran Sharma is Theme Leader for the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), and Principal Scientist- Cell Biology at ICRISAT,  based in Hyderabad. He leads AIP as its CEO, devising strategies for project/program planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneuership, public-private partnerships and value-addition for nutritional enhancement to address malnutrition, hunger and poverty through inclusive market-oriented development.

Expertise in: Project planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneurship, genetic engineering & molecular biology for crop improvement, translation of genetic engineering technologies

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Neena Jacob

Program Manager

Neena Jacob is an Indian national. Neena brings a number of skills ranging from program management, financial planning, strategic planning, organizational development, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, marketing, and administration. Prior to joining ICRISAT, Neena has worked with organizations such as the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, British Council India, Telecentre.org Foundation, Philippines. She has also worked on short-term assignments with UNDP and was the CCM-India Coordinator for the Country Proposal for the Round 8 Funding of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She has managed assignments from diverse fields that encompassed conceptualizing, designing, launching, evaluating and documenting project activities, building partnerships, capacity building and market intelligence. Her jobs involved close and regular interaction with multiple stakeholders like bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, development organizations, Private sector, Civil Society, National Human Rights Institutions, Government organizations and Academic institutions across the Commonwealth.

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Dr Jacqueline D’arros Hughes

Director General

Dr Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes is a noted plant health expert. Before assuming charge as Director General at ICRISAT, Dr Hughes was Deputy Director General-Research at IRRI and before that, DDG-R at the World Vegetable Center. Her long association with CGIAR began when she moved from the UK to Ibadan, Nigeria, in the 90s to join IITA as a virologist. With vast experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in Asia and Africa, she is a recognized leader in international agriculture research and management.

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Dr Kiran K Sharma

Deputy Director General -Research Director, CRP GLDC, Theme Leader – Agribusiness and Innovation Platform Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

Kiran Sharma is Theme Leader for the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), and Principal Scientist- Cell Biology at ICRISAT,  based in Hyderabad. He leads AIP as its CEO, devising strategies for project/program planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneuership, public-private partnerships and value-addition for nutritional enhancement to address malnutrition, hunger and poverty through inclusive market-oriented development.

Expertise in: Project planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneurship, genetic engineering & molecular biology for crop improvement, translation of genetic engineering technologies

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Dr Vania Azevedo

Head – Genebank

Joanna Kane-Potaka

Assistant Director General – External Relations

Joanna is an Australian national and has a Master of Science degree in Global Marketing.

Prior to joining ICRISAT she was Director, Communications and Marketing Information and Knowledge Group, International Water Management Institute, where she was responsible for science marketing, corporate communications, uptake approach of research findings, private industry fund raising, internal communications and information management. She was also Head, Information Management and Marketing, Bioversity International and Information and Communications Leader, WorldFish Center

She began her career as an agricultural economist with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (BAE at the time) and later moved into market research in the agribusiness area of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Since then she has worked in a wide variety of marketing-related areas including strategic marketing, communications, fundraising, knowledge management, and uptake of scientific research.

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Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee

Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs

Arabinda Kumar Padhee is an Indian national. He has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Science from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and a PhD from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from University of Birmingham, UK. He has taken public policy courses at University of Toronto; Civil Services College, Singapore; and University of Cambridge at various points in his career.

Dr Padhee joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1996 and belongs to Odisha cadre. Among the various positions he has held are District Magistrate and Collector; Director, Agriculture and Food Production; Director, World Bank assisted Rural Livelihoods Project; Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Cuttack; Chief Administrator, Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri; Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Tourism and Culture Department, Odisha and Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Government of India, New Delhi. During his tenure with the Odisha Government, he was instrumental in drafting the Odisha State Agriculture Policy in 2008. He has also served as a member of the Technical Support Group of the erstwhile Planning Commission that prepared the District Agricultural Plan manual. Government of India appointed Dr Padhee as the first nodal officer to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilizers in 2016.

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David Johnson

Director of Corporate Services

Kunal Sarkar

Senior Manager Human Resources & Acting Director HR

Dr Abhishek Rathore

Theme Leader -Statistics, Bio-Informatics & Data Management

Swati Jain

Head – Internal Audit

Amit Chakravarty

Chief of Staff

Kota Ravi Chandra

Head – Finance

Pradyut J Modi

Head – Information Systems Unit

Maloncho Raychaudhuri

Head Asia Operations

Anitha Seetha

Senior Scientist – Nutrition

Falalou Hamidou

Senior Scientist – Regional Genebank

M Vetriventhan

Senior Scientist (Genetic Resources)

Vetriventhan is a Scientist (Genetic Resources), in the Genebank, Research Program – Genetic Gains,  at ICRISAT-Hyderabad.

He obtained his PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Tamil Nadu, India. He is involved in genebank activities on sorghum and six small millets (finger millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, kodo millet, little millet and barnyard millet), on subjects such as germplasm characterization, regeneration, conservation and documentation. His research activities focus on enhancing use of germplasm in crop improvement, such as forming representative germplasm sets (core/mini core), germplasm gap identification, evaluation and identification of trait specific germplasm sources, developing genetic and genomic resources and so on.

Expertise in: Plant breeding and genetics; plant genetic resources

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A Vani

Senior Manager – Housing and Food Services

Surya Mani Tripathi

Legal Counsel

Surya Mani Tripathi,  is Manager – Technology Transfer and Compliance at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.

He holds a law degree (LLB) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, carried out with a Microsoft IPR scholarship. He also holds a PhD, realized with a CSIR fellowship and an international fellowship provided by UNIDO and the Government of Italy.

He is a registered lawyer in India, and is engaged in the management of legal and regulatory issues pertaining to operations and research of ICRISAT, along with legislative advocacy and statutory compliances. His areas of work include legal drafting, legal risk management, international law, legal compliances and advisory, contracts and project negotiations, IP portfolio analysis and licensing, bio-prospecting, TK and biodiversity, and biotech research regulatory norms. As a techno-legal expert and solicitor, he is also facilitating the transfer of agricultural technologies and IPR commercialization. He has several publications, including book chapters.

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B Hanumanth Rao

Senior Manager – Intellectual Property Office

Hanumanth Rao is Senior Manager, Intellectual Property,  at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.  He also helps in implementing ICRISAT’s Intellectual Property policy.

He has a Masters in Business Laws from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law from the Institute of Intellectual Property Studies (IIPS), Mumbai.  He has been serving ICRISAT in various capacities since 1988, and is a  Member of the Due Diligence Committee and Secretary to the Risk Management Committee.

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Arun Balamatti

Senior Manager – Visitor Services and Protocol Management

Ovais Hamid Peerzada

Manager – Genebank Quality Manager

Senthil Ramachandran

Manager – Germplasm Conservation

Muzamil Baig

Manager – Genebank Quality Manager

Kallakuri Sabita

Manager – Internal Audit

Fayaz Shaik

Manager – Internal Audit

S Vinaykanth

Resident Medical Doctor – Field Medical Unit

Richa Jain

Senior Manager – Human Resources Services

Anjaneya Sunil Kumar Pabbathi

Manager – Treasury & Operations

Appan Parida

Manager – MIS & Accounts

Indumathy Jonnalagadda

Manager – Projects & Grants

Smitha Sitaraman

Manager-Editing

Lakshmi Pillay

Manager – Grants Management

Jayavardhan Kasha

Manager – Grants and Contracts

Roma Rani Das

Manager – Data Curator

Anil Kumar Vemula

Manager – Data Curator

Dr Jacqueline D’arros Hughes

Director General

Dr Kiran K Sharma

Deputy Director General -Research Director, CRP GLDC, Theme Leader – Agribusiness and Innovation Platform Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

Dr Ramadjita Tabo

Research Program Director – West and Central Africa and Country Representative, Project Investigator – HOPE ll, Mali

Dr Rebbie Harawa

Research Program Director – Eastern & Southern Africa Program & Country Representative Kenya

Dr Pooran Gaur

Research Program Director – Asia Program

Dr Anthony Whitbread

Research Program Director – Innovation Systems for the Drylands and Country Representative – Tanzania

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Research Program Director – Genetic gains

Dr Malick Niango Ba

Country Representative – Niger
West & Central Africa Program

Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe

Country Representative – Nigeria
West & Central Africa Program

Robert B Zougmore

Regional Program Leader – CCAFS West & Central Africa Program

Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu

Senior Scientist – Land and Water Management (WCA)
West & Central Africa Program

Dr D Hailemichael Shewayrga

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Breeding West & Central Africa Program

Dr Mathieu Ouedraogo

Senior Scientist–Participatory Action Research (CCAFS) West & Central Africa Program

Dr Felix Badolo

Scientist – Agricultural Economics West & Central Africa Program

John Rusagara Nzungize

Senior Project Manager and Technology Uptake Specialist West & Central Africa Program

Baloua Nebie

Senior Scientist-Sorghum Breeding

Fatondji Dougbedji

Senior Scientist – Agronomy

Aboubacar Toure

Senior Scientist-Sorghum Breeding

Jummai Othnielyila

Scientist – Gender Research

Issoufou Kapran

Senior Scientist – Seed System Specialist

Abdoulaye Djido

Scientist – CCAFS

Dr Boubie Vincent Bado

Principal Scientist – Dryland Systems and Livelihood Diversification

Falalou Hamidou

Senior Scientist – Regional Genebank

Prakash I Gangashetty

Scientist- Pearl millet breeding

Mahamane Larwanou

Senior Scientist – Climate Smart Agriculture

Bouba Traore

Scientist

Dr Ijantiku Ignatius Angarawai

Senior Scientist – Sorghum Breeding, Nigeria

Michael Boboh Vabi

Country Project Manager

Folorunso Mathew Akinseye

Scientist – Agronomy & Agro Climatology

Dr Tilahun Amede Wondifraw

Principal Scientist – Natural Resources / Systems Agronomy and Country Representative

Dr Patrick Okori

Country Representative – Malawi

Martin Philani Moyo

Country Representative – Zimbabwe

Dr NVPR Ganga Rao

Product Placement Lead

Dr Henry Fred Ojulong

Senior Scientist – Breeding

Dr Esther Mwihaki Njuguna

Senior Scientist (Gender Research)

Dr Eric Manyasa

Senior Scientist, Cereals Breeding

Dr Akpo Essegbemon

Scientist – Seed systems specialist – HOPE ll and TL llI

Dr Conrad Murendo

Special Project Scientist (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Hapson Mushoriwa

Principal Scientist & Regional Breeding Theme Lead

Harish Gandhi

Principal Scientist & Regional Breeding Theme Lead – Asia & Interim Global Head Breeding

Dr Mamta Sharma

Theme Leader – Integrated Crop Management

Dr Sreenath Dixit

Principal Scientist & Head ICRISAT Development Center (IDC)

Rajan Sharma

Principal Scientist (Cereals Pathology) & Head, Plant Quarantine Unit

Dr P Janila

Principal Scientist – Groundnut Breeding

Dr A Ashok Kumar

Principal Scientist – Product Placement Lead

Sobhan Babu Sajja

Senior Scientist – Crop Improvement Operations Team Lead

SK Gupta

Principal Scientist

M Govindaraj

Senior Scientist – Sorghum Breeding

S Srinivasan

Senior Scientist (Chickpea Breeding)

Anupama J Hingane

Scientist – Pigeonpea Breeding

S Gopalakrishnan

Principal Scientist – Microbiology

Dr Hari Kishan Sudini

Principal Scientist – Groundnut Pathology

Dr Raju Ghosh

Dr Jagdish Jaba

Dr G L Sawargaonkar

Senior Scientist (Agronomy)

Dr Girish Chander

Dr Mukund Dhavaji Patil

Senior Scientist (Soil Physics)

Dr K H Anantha

Senior Scientist-Natural Resource Management

Kaushal K Garg

Senior Scientist-Natural Resource Management

Dr Aviraj Datta

Scientist-Wastewater Management

Rajesh Nune

Scientist – Hydrology

KNV Satyanarayana

Manager – Office Operations

Prasad Jairam Kamdi

Manager – Watersheds

Dr Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo

Principal Scientist & Project Coordinator-TL-III & Theme leader, Seed System

Dr Shivali Sharma

Theme Leader – Pre-breeding

Dr Rajeev Gupta

Theme Leader- Genomics & Trait Discovery

Dr Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur

Theme Leader – Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering

Dr Damaris A Odeny

Theme Leader Biotechnology (ESA)

Dr Rakesh K Srivastava

Senior Scientist – Chickpea Genomics Genomics & Trait Discovery

Dr Santosh P Deshpande

Senior Scientist – Molecular Breeding

Dr Rachit Kumar Saxena

Senior Scientist – Applied Genomics

Dr Manish K Pandey

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Genomics

Dr Mahendar Thudi

Senior Scientist – Chickpea Genomics

Ganesh Bapurao Patil

Special Project Scientist

Dr Manish Roorkiwal

Senior Scientist-Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Dr K Hima Bindu

Senior Scientist-Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Geoffrey Simiyu Muricho

Scientist – MLE Specialist

Annapurna Chitikineni

Senior Manager – Center of Excellence in Genomics

Prasad Bajaj

Manager-Computational Biology

Dr Michael Hauser

Theme Leader – MIND & Principal Scientist

Dr Andrew Smith

Senior Scientist & Theme Lead Farming & Systems Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture

Ram Kiran Dhulipala

Theme Leader – Digital Agriculture & Youth

Dr Murali Krishna Gumma

Head, GIS and Remote Sensing Lab

Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Principal Scientist – Crop Livestock

Dr Thomas Falk

Senior Scientist – Ecosystem Service and Natural Resources Governance

Dr S Nedumaran

Senior Scientist – Economics

Dr D Kumara Charyulu

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economics

Dr R Padmaja

Senior Scientist – Gender Research

Dr Sabine Homann Kee Tui

Senior Scientist

Caroline Hambloch

Development Economist

Mequanint Biset Melesse

Mequanint Biset Melesse

Development Economist

Dr Jana Kholova

Senior Scientist – Crop Physiology

Sunita Choudhary

Scientist

Mohammed Irshad Ahmed

Manager – GIS, RS/GIS Lab

Saikat Datta Mazumdar

Chief Operating Officer – NutriPlus Knowledge Program

S Aravazhi

Chief Operating Officer – Innovation and Partnership Program

Dr Vania Azevedo

Head – Genebank

M Vetriventhan

Senior Scientist (Genetic Resources)

Dr Abhishek Rathore

Theme Leader -Statistics, Bio-Informatics & Data Management

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