Dr Kiran K Sharma

Dr Kiran K Sharma
Theme Leader - Agribusiness and Innovation Platform
Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program

Kiran is an Indian national and has a PhD in Plant Morphogenesis from the University in Delhi.

Kiran has over 25 years of experience and has been instrumental in establishing the Platform for Translational Research in Transgenic Crops (PTTC), with a suite of facilities to translate the genetic engineering technologies to value added products. His current research activities include genetic engineering of ICRISAT mandate crops for various biotic constraints and nutritional enhancement including crop biofortification for enhancing vitamin A.

He is also responsible for the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform at ICRISAT as its Chief Executive Officer. He played a key role in establishing an Agri-Business Incubator that won several accolades as a very successful model for public-private sector partnerships and entrepreneurship development. This initiative has resulted in the Network of Indian Agribusiness Incubators. More recently, his group is involved with setting up of several agribusiness incubators and food testing laboratories in Africa.

He has published over 125 research communications in international peer reviewed journals and books besides several popular articles in various newsletters, and supervised over 25 Masters and PhD students.

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