The Team

Leadership

Governing Board

Accelerated Crop Improvement

Enabling Systems Transformation

Resilient Farm and Food Systems

Asia

Eastern & Southern Africa

West & Central Africa

Corporate

Research Leadership Team

Jacqueline Hughes, Director General

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 Arvind Kumar

Deputy Director General – Research

Dr Arvind Kumar is an experienced crop scientist with more than 28 years’ experience in crop improvement, trait discovery to drought tolerance, disease- insect resistance and translational research. As Deputy Director General- Research, he leads and provides strategic direction to ICRISAT research in the area of climate resilience, nutrition, crop improvement, genomics-trait development, crops-water-soil-disease management, policy, agribusiness, market linkages and capacity development for ICRISAT-mandated crops grown mostly in the semi-arid regions of the world.

He has a PhD from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur- International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, in plant breeding and post-doctoral training from the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, on molecular breeding.

Expertise in: Project planning, management and strategy development, molecular breeding for crop improvement, translation research and climate resilience

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Dr Ramadjita Tabo

Regional Director and Country Representative Mali
West & Central Africa

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

Regional Director and Country Representative Kenya
Eastern & Southern Africa

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 Arabinda Kumar Padhee

Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs

Dr 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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Angshu Sengupta

Director – Institutional Finance and Services

Mr. Angshu Sengupta was the Director of Finance, Risk & Legal at IRRI before he joined ICRISAT. In a career spanning 32 years, Mr. Sengupta worked 13 years in manufacturing, 15 in IT enabled services, two years in international consulting and two years in a non-profit research organization. He has shouldered the responsibilities of a CFO for about 8 years in his career. Mr. Sengupta has worked in GE Capital, GE Healthcare, GE Lighting, Vodafone, Countrywide Financial Corporation / Bank of America, Tata Consultancy Services, ACC Cements and Dunlop amongst other organizations.

Mr. Sengupta is a strategic business partner and out-of-the-box thinker, with successes in business transformation, process redesign for better control and productivity using Six Sigma tools, start-up operations, business/entity restructuring, P&L management, stakeholder management, cost control, risk management, compliance, margin improvement and working capital improvement. He is known for his deliberate and focused approach in leading global multi-cultural teams for reaching business goals.

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Kunal Sarkar

General manager – Human Resource

Mr Kunal Sarkar is an accomplished professional with more than 17 years of experience across several verticals of strategic Human Resource Management — talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, performance management, talent management, ethics and safeguarding, employee engagement, global mobility and organization development — in telecom, pharmaceutical, IT and ITeS, and  agricultural research. Kunal has been in global leadership roles in multicultural and multidisciplinary work environments in Asia, ANZ and Africa, where he has successfully led HR initiatives to support cultural harmonization and drive change.

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Prabhu Pingali, Chair, ICRISAT Governing Board

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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Manoj Ahuja

Secretary of Agriculture, India

An Indian national, Manoj Ahuja is the Secretary of Agriculture, India. An IAS officer of the 1990-batch, Mr Ahuja served as the Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education, in the rank of Secretary to Government of India. He holds a B.E (Mech.) Degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, MBA from Punjab University, Chandigarh and Masters in Public Administration (International Development) from Harvard University, USA. He was appointed as ex officio member of the ICRISAT Board on April 1, 2022.

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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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Jacqueline Hughes, Director General

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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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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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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Prof. Yaye Kene Gassama

Professor in plant biotechnology at Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Senegal

Prof. Gassama is a Senegalese national and Professor in plant biotechnology at Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Senegal. She is a well-known scientist and has held high ranking positions in the academia, governance and policymaking. She was Senegal’s Minister of Scientific Research in 2005 and chaired African Union’s high level panel on emerging technologies in 2017.

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Dr. Jim Godfrey

Director and Chair of the UK’s National Institute of Agricultural Botany

Dr. Godfrey is a distinguished research leader and was the Chair of IRRI’s Board of Trustees. He is a UK national and has been associated with several leading research institutions. Dr. Godfrey is the Director and Chair of the UK’s National Institute of Agricultural Botany.

Dr. Godfrey was the President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England during 2018-2019. He has been appointed to several Boards and has chaired many of them, including those of CGIAR centers. His association with CGIAR pans several years, as former Chair of CIP (2000-2008) and that of the Alliance of 15 CGIAR centers (2006-2007). He also chaired the CGIAR Board Orientation and Training Program and organized annual courses throughout the world to train over 400 trustees.

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Ms. Cathy Reade

Director of Outreach at the Crawford Fund

Ms. Reade, an Australian national, is the Director of Outreach at the Crawford Fund. She spent her early career working for a range of advocacy groups and, in addition to establishing the public awareness program for the Crawford Fund, Ms. Reade’s consultancy concentrated in the not-for-profit sector around agriculture, development, S&T and environment policy, issues and events. She also developed and manages a master class in communications for scientists in developing countries, and directs the Fund’s NextGen suite of activities. Ms Reade was on the Board and Executive Committee of the World Vegetable Center from 2014-2019, and chaired their Nominations Committee.

The Alliance of CGIAR Centers recognized her contributions with a special award in 2007.

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Regine Andersen

Research Director, Biodiversity and Natural Resources, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI)

A Norway national, Dr Regine Andersen’s main research interests are within the fields of international and national governance of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Her work examined the interaction of multilateral environmental and economic agreements relating to the governance of crop genetic resources and how this affects political priorities and action at the national level. Dr Andersen’s focus have been on developing countries, as well as considerable work on the situation in Europe. The implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is at the core her research, and in this context, particular effort is on implementation of the Treaty’s provisions on farmers’ rights.

Since may 2020, Dr Andersen held the position as Research Director, Biodiversity and Natural Resources, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI); she is also currently sitting as Member of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights under the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. In her past engagements, she held the position as Executive Director, Oikos – Organic Norway (January 2013 – May 2017), Chair of the Committee on regulations related to organic production and marketing of organic products under the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (2014 – 2017), Chair of the Board of the Rainforest Foundation Norway (2006 – 2012), Executive Officer, Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Unit for Environment and Resource Management, Berlin (1992 – 93).

Dr Andersen has an impressive line-up of publications focusing on plant genetics and farmers rights to crop genetic resources. She obtained her PhD in University of Oslo

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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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AllCrop BreedingCrop Protection & Seed HealthGenomics, pre-breeding & BioinformaticsCell & Molecular Biology and Trait EngineeringGenebankCrop Physiology and Modelling

Dr Patrick Okori

Interim Director
Country Representative – Mozambique
Cluster Leader – Seed Systems
Principal Scientist

Dr Janila Pasupuleti

Cluster Leader – Crop Breeding
Principal Scientist – Groundnut Breeding

Dr Janila Pasupuleti is Principal Groundnut Breeder at ICRISAT, based in Hyderabad, India, and Leader of the Flagship Program on Variety and Hybrid Development program of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes & Dryland Cereals (http://gldc.cgiar.org). Janila has a PhD from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and has 17 years of experience at the University of Hyderabad (UoH), Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Center of DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) and ICRISAT (since 2011).

Areas of expertise: Genetics, groundnut breeding, marker-assisted selection, process innovations in crop breeding and testing pipelines, farmer participatory selection and seed systems.

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Dr Rajan Sharma

Cluster Leader – Crop Protection & Seed Health
Principal Scientist

Dr Rajan Sharma is a Principal Scientist and the Leader of the Crop Protection and Seed Health Cluster, Global Research Program on Accelerated Crop Improvement at ICRISAT Headquarters based in Hyderabad, India. His core competencies include monitoring the virulence spectrum of plant pathogens; development of PCR-compatible markers and their use in genetic diversity assessment and mapping of avirulence genes; elucidating molecular basis of host-pathogen interaction; identification and utilization of resistance sources for disease management; development of diagnostic protocols and salvaging techniques for infested/infected germplasm. He has guided over 10 MSc and PhD students, mentored many researchers and PDFs, and organized training/capacity building programs for NARS in Asia and Africa.

Expertise in: Host plant resistance, virulence characterization, phenotyping, fungal genomics, epidemiology, seed pathology, integrated disease management

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Dr Damaris A Odeny

Cluster Leader – Genomics, pre-breeding & Bioinformatics
Principal Scientist

Damaris Odeny is a plant molecular breeder with research experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and USA. She has led and implemented genomics projects in both cereals and legumes, including the development of genomic resources in several orphan crops. Damaris works closely with other disciplines from national, private and international institutes to develop cutting-edge genomic resources for all ICRISAT mandate crops (sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, groundnut, chickpea and pigeonpea) in her current global role. Prior to this, she worked as a senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa, where she played a key role in establishing molecular breeding processes for indigenous vegetables. Damaris is also passionate about mentoring of young upcoming scientists and has successfully mentored more than 50 scientists in her career to date.

Areas of expertise: Qualitative and quantitative genetics; Genetic mapping; Pre-breeding; Plant genetic engineering; Mutation breeding; Statistical genomics; High throughput genotyping and marker development; Next-Generation Sequencing and data analysis; Transcriptome analysis; Metagenomics

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Dr Kuldeep Singh

Cluster Leader – Genebank
Head (Consultant)

Dr Jana Kholova

Cluster Leader – Crop Physiology and Modelling
Senior Scientist

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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Sudhakar R Palakolanu

Designated Incharge for Cell & Molecular Biology and Trait Engineering
Scientist

SK Gupta

Principal Scientist

Dr A Ashok Kumar

Interim Research Program Director
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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Ephrem Habyarimana

Principal Scientist I – Sorghum Breeding

Dr Ephrem Habyarimana is a Principal Scientist at ICRISAT India, leading ICRISAT’s research on sorghum breeding to optimize the breeding program towards the ultimate aim of improving sorghum productivity and income generation, particularly for smallholder farmers. He is a PhD in Agricultural Genetics (Tuscia University, Italy), with a Master’s degree in Crop Science (Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy) and in Biotechnology Studies (University of Maryland University College, USA) and several other university degrees and training certificates obtained in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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S Srinivasan

Senior Scientist (Chickpea Breeding)

Prakash I Gangashetty

Scientist – Pigeonpea Breeding

Yogendra Kalenahalli

Scientist

Sunita Choudhary

Scientist

Dr Hari Kishan Sudini

Interim Director, Business Development
Cluster Leader – Science Quality & Strategy
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 Mamta Sharma

Cluster Leader – Precision Phenotyping for biotic abiotic stresses & nutrition
Principal Scientist

Mamta Sharma is Theme Leader, Integrated Crop Mangement (ICM), Research Program-Asia, at ICRISAT headquarters in Hyderabad, India. With a PhD from Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India, Sharma leads a team having over 45 staff, including 10 scientists and other technical staff, to develop cost-effective and eco-friendly disease and insect-pest management technologies by engaging in basic, strategic and applied research in the areas of etiology, biology, epidemiology, and host plant resistance (identification of resistant sources and mechanisms of resistance). She is also leading ICRISAT‘s Center of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection.

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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 Jagdish Jaba

Scientist- Entmology

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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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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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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Ovais Hamid Peerzada

Manager – Genebank Quality Manager

Muzamil Baig

Manager – Genebank Quality Manager

Senthil Ramachandran

Manager – Germplasm Conservation

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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Dr Manish K Pandey

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Genomics

Dr. Manish K Pandey is currently leading the Groundnut & Pigeonpea Genomics, Prebreeding & Bioinformatics group at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India. He completed his PhD in Plant Genetics from Osmania University while working in ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR), Hyderabad, India. He also had Post-doctoral research experience at University of Georgia, USA for a period of two years. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia & Distinguished Professor, in Institute of Crop Genetic Resources of Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), China.

Areas of expertise: Next-generation sequencing; Sequencing-based trait discovery; Discovery of genes, superior haplotypes and markers; diagnostic markers, cost-effective and high-throughput genotyping assays; pre-breeding & genomics-assisted breeding including genomic selection and haplotype-based breeding.

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Dr Rakesh K Srivastava

Senior Scientist – Chickpea Genomics Genomics & Trait Discovery

AllNutrition, Dietary Behavior and smart foodTechnology adoption and impact analysisMarkets, institutions and policyGender and YouthAgri Business Innovation PlatformKnowledge & Capacity Development

Dr Victor Afari-Sefa

Research Program Director

Dr Michael Hauser

Principal Scientist – Enabling Systems Transformation

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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Mequanint Biset Melesse

Cluster Leader – Technology Adoption and Impact Analysis
Senior Scientist

Dr Mequanint B Melesse is a Senior Scientist at ICRISAT, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, Mequanint leads the Technology Adoption and Impact Analysis Cluster under the Enabling Systems Transformation Global Research Program. He holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University and a research master (MSc, cum laude) degree in Economics and Business from the University of Groningen (both in Netherlands).

Prior to joining ICRISAT, he has held a post-doctoral researcher position at the Development Economics Group, Wageningen University. Mequanint has had extensive research and field experience, led several large-scale household surveys in Africa, and managed research projects. With a focus on agricultural and rural development in the drylands, his main research interests are in the fields of agricultural and development economics, including technology needs assessment and (dis)adoption, causal impact analysis, impact scaling approaches and strategies for agricultural innovations, sustainable food systems, consumer behavior and market research, analysis of roles of research and policy in promoting systems transformations, and technological innovations in data science for data-driven agriculture. His research uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches, including framed experiments and games, quasi-experimental approaches, randomized evaluations and non-experimental approaches.

Expertise in: Technology needs assessment and (dis)adoption, causal impact analysis, rural livelihood, sustainable food systems, consumer behavior and market research, market segments and product profiles, farm household analysis, impact scaling approaches and strategies for agricultural innovations, data-driven agriculture and project development

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Dr Shalander Kumar

Cluster Leader – Socioeconomist – Markets, Institutions and Policies
Principal Scientist

Shalander Kumar, Principal Scientist, Innovation Systems for the Drylands, at ICRISAT-Hyderabad, has carried out extensive research for more than two decades in the field of economics of rainfed farming systems, whole farm modeling to support decision making at household and regional levels,  and ex-ante & trade-off analysis to assess the impact of climate smart interventions. Other areas of active intervention include: livestock production and marketing systems, farm-level rainwater harvesting, potential for conservation agriculture, climate change impacts and extension systems in India and Africa. As a systems scientist he has contributed to promoting integrated systems approaches (AR4D), farm typology building approaches, ex-ante analysis & innovation systems approaches for co-designing resilient farming systems in dry areas. Further work was on assessing climate change impacts and building scaling up strategies for climate smart agriculture, institutional options for management of agriculture and common property resources, innovation platforms as instruments for enhancing technology adoption, and strengthening agricultural value chains.

Expertise in: Agricultural economics, farming systems analysis, whole farm modelling and tradeoff analysis, climate change impact and risk management strategies, innovation systems approach for co-designing sustainable intesification of farming systems

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Jummai Othnielyila

Cluster Leader – Gender and Youth
Senior Scientist

Selvaraj Aravazhi

Cluster Leader – Agri Business Innovation Platform
Head – (Chief Executive Officer)

Aravazhi Selvaraj is the Chief Operating Officer – Innovation and Partnership (INP) program of the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), Research Program – Innovation Systems for Drylands (ISD) at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. He is a postgraduate in Business Management with specialization in agribusiness.

Expertise in: Agribusiness incubation, development of farmer and tribal communities, project management, incubating agricultural technologies.

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Dr R Padmaja

Cluster Leader – Knowledge and Capacity Development
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 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 Felix Badolo

Senior Scientist – Agricultural Economics

Dr D Kumara Charyulu

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economics

Anitha Seetha

Senior Scientist – Nutrition

Dr Sabine Homann Kee Tui

Senior Scientist – Social 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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Saikat Datta Mazumdar

Cluster Leader – Nutrition, Dietary Behavior and Smart Food
Chief Operating Officer NutriPlus Knowledge (NPK) Program

He studied Chemistry at the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India,  followed by a Masters degree in Food Science and Technology from the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, India. He was awarded a PhD by the Philipps University Marburg, Germany in 2008. He also has a specialization in Food and Agribusiness Management from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, USA.

Expertise in: Food Science and Technology, nutritional intervention studies, nutritional analysis, food product development, production planning, food safety quality management systems, ISO 17025: 2005 accreditation for food testing laboratories, biosensors and bioelectronics

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Jonathan Philroy

Manager – Agribusiness & Innovation Platform

Jonathan Philroy is a Manager with the Agribusiness & Innovation Platform (AIP) at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Jon holds an MBA from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. He is also an infoDev (World Bank) certified business incubation trainer.

Expertise in: Agribusiness incubator management; ag-tech start-up promotion, sales and marketing; project management; partnership building and negotiation; managing multi-partner, multi-location projects.

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Purushotham Rudraraju

Manager – Agribusiness

AllClimate Adaptation and MitigationLandscapes, Soil Fertility and Water ManagementGeospatial and Big Data SciencesDigital AgricultureICRISAT Development Center

Dr Sreenath Dixit

Interim Director
Cluster Leader – ICRISAT Development Center
Principal Scientist

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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Martin Philani Moyo

Country Representative – Zimbabwe
Cluster Leader – Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Senior Scientist

Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu

Responsible – Tanzania
Cluster Leader – Landscapes, Soil Fertility and Water Management
Senior Scientist

Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu is a Research Cluster Leader for Landscapes, Soil Fertility and Water Management under the Global Program Resilient Farm and Food Systems, ICRISAT, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr Birhanu is specialized in Land and Water Resources Management with over 12 years’ professional and project management experience in Eastern and Western Africa. A former Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Dr Birhanu has been a project manager for multiple donor-funded projects over the years.

Areas of expertise: Agricultural Land and Water Management, Hydrology, Participatory Watershed Management, Field-to-Landscape Scale Technology Evaluation and Scaling, Numerical Modelling & Capacity Building.

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Dr Murali Krishna Gumma

Cluster Leader – Geospatial and Big Data Sciences
Principal Scientist

Murali Krishna Gumma is Cluster Leader and Principal Scientist: Geospatial & Big Data Sciences and Head of Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System unit with ICRISAT, working across Asia and Africa. He is also Science and Data Lead for SERVIR West Africa Phase II supporting AGRHYMET and partners in improving awareness and access to geospatial data, products, and tools through appropriate platforms. Prior to this, he was a Remote Sensing Specialist and PDF at IRRI and a project scientist with IWMI. Murali Krishna has over 23 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 35 countries spread across Asia and Africa. He is currently working on Monitoring croplands and natural resources using Earth observation data and Machine learning algorithms; Typology of crop production environments to identify factors causing yield gaps and classifying those areas with spatial data; Identification of hotspots and endemic areas based on disease and pest dynamics in space and time and related epidemiology with the help of geo-spatial techniques; IOT-based platforms and high-resolution remote sensing imagery to link proximal field phenotype; Crop stresses and biophysical parameters extraction using Multispectral, Hyperspectral image analysis and spectral matching techniques; Crop yield prediction using technology and different algorithms considering various parameters like weather, soil and crop management data; Historical climate change analysis and forecasting the changes that affects the crop conditions (crop rotation, crop intensity); Conducting impact assessment studies using Geospatial analysis 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 Mathieu Ouedraogo

Senior Scientist – Project Management

Robert Amos Ngwira

Scientist–Systems Agronomist & Modeler For Climate

Folorunso Mathew Akinseye

Scientist – Agronomy & Agro Climatology

Bouba Traore

Scientist

Pierre CS Traore

Responsible – Senegal
In – Business Researcher (Secondment)

Srikanth Rupavatharam

Senior Scientist – Digital Agriculture

Dr Srikanth Rupavatharam is working as a Senior Scientist in the Digital Agriculture cluster of the Global Research Program ‘Resilient Farm and Food Systems’ at ICRISAT. He holds a PhD in Postharvest technologies from Massey University (NZ) and a Masters in the same field from Writtle College, University of Essex, UK. He is a Marshal Papworth Scholar and also a recipient of the prestigious Gardner’s Prize, 2005 in the field of horticulture from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners (London) for excellence in Master’s study. Srikanth received Helen E. Akers PhD scholarship to undertake doctoral study and recently awarded by the Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored ‘David Livingstone Fellowship’ from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

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Satish Nagaraji

Senior Manager – Digital Agriculture (M&E and 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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Mohammed Irshad Ahmed

Manager – GIS, RS/GIS Lab

Ramesh Singh

Ramesh Singh

Principal Scientist – Soil and Water Conservation

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 K H Anantha

Senior Scientist-Natural Resource Management

Dr G L Sawargaonkar

Senior Scientist (Agronomy)

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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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

Prasad Jairam Kamdi

Manager – Watersheds

Pushpajeet Lokpal Choudhari

Pushpajeet Lokpal Choudhari

Manager – CRAL

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Dr A Ashok Kumar

Interim Research Program Director
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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Dr Sobhan Babu Sajja

Cluster Leader – Crop Improvement Operations Team (CIOT),
Rapid Generation Advancement,
Senior Scientist

Suresh C Pillay

Cluster Leader – Farm & Engineering Services
General Manager

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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Anil Kumar Vemula

Manager – Data Curator

C Buchappa

Head- Farm & Engineering Services

Girish S Panchariya

Dr Mamta Sharma

Cluster Leader – Precision Phenotyping for biotic abiotic stresses & nutrition
Principal Scientist

Mamta Sharma is Theme Leader, Integrated Crop Mangement (ICM), Research Program-Asia, at ICRISAT headquarters in Hyderabad, India. With a PhD from Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India, Sharma leads a team having over 45 staff, including 10 scientists and other technical staff, to develop cost-effective and eco-friendly disease and insect-pest management technologies by engaging in basic, strategic and applied research in the areas of etiology, biology, epidemiology, and host plant resistance (identification of resistant sources and mechanisms of resistance). She is also leading ICRISAT‘s Center of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection.

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Prasad Bajaj

Cluster Leader for Sequencing & Genomics Services
Manager-Computational Biology

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Dr Rebbie Harawa

Regional Director and Country Representative Kenya
Eastern & Southern Africa

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 Patrick Okori

Interim Director
Country Representative – Mozambique
Cluster Leader – Seed Systems
Principal Scientist

Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Country Representative – Ethiopia
Principal Scientist

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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Martin Philani Moyo

Country Representative – Zimbabwe
Cluster Leader – Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Senior Scientist

Dr Samuel M C Njoroge

Country Representative – Malawi
Senior Scientist – Legume / Cereal Pathology

Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu

Responsible – Tanzania
Cluster Leader – Landscapes, Soil Fertility and Water Management
Senior Scientist

Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu is a Research Cluster Leader for Landscapes, Soil Fertility and Water Management under the Global Program Resilient Farm and Food Systems, ICRISAT, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr Birhanu is specialized in Land and Water Resources Management with over 12 years’ professional and project management experience in Eastern and Western Africa. A former Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Dr Birhanu has been a project manager for multiple donor-funded projects over the years.

Areas of expertise: Agricultural Land and Water Management, Hydrology, Participatory Watershed Management, Field-to-Landscape Scale Technology Evaluation and Scaling, Numerical Modelling & Capacity Building.

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Macdonald Bright Jumbo

Cluster Leader – Crop Improvement Operations Team – CIOT Operations
Senior Scientist- Sorghum Breeding

Dr Henry Fred Ojulong

Cluster Leader – Precision Phenotyping for biotic, abiotic stresses & nutrition
Senior Scientist

Shamwarira Robert

Cluster Leader – Farm Services
Scientific Officer

Hapson Mushoriwa

Cluster Leader – Rapid Generation Advancement
Principal Scientist

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Dr Ramadjita Tabo

Regional Director and Country Representative Mali
West & Central Africa

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
Principal Scientist

Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe

Country Representative – Nigeria
Principal Scientist

Pierre CS Traore

Responsible – Senegal
In – Business Researcher (Secondment)

Ousmane Sanogo

Cluster Leader – Crop Improvement Operations Team (CIOT)
Consultant

Mamourou Sidibe

Cluster Leader – Precision Phenotyping for biotic, abiotic stresses & nutrition
Scientific Officer

Yaya Malle

Cluster Leader – Farm Services
Research Technician

Hadidjatou Nana Sogodogo

Cluster Leader – Rapid Generation Advancement
Research Technician

Dr Murali Krishna Gumma

Cluster Leader – Geospatial and Big Data Sciences
Principal Scientist

Murali Krishna Gumma is Cluster Leader and Principal Scientist: Geospatial & Big Data Sciences and Head of Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System unit with ICRISAT, working across Asia and Africa. He is also Science and Data Lead for SERVIR West Africa Phase II supporting AGRHYMET and partners in improving awareness and access to geospatial data, products, and tools through appropriate platforms. Prior to this, he was a Remote Sensing Specialist and PDF at IRRI and a project scientist with IWMI. Murali Krishna has over 23 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 35 countries spread across Asia and Africa. He is currently working on Monitoring croplands and natural resources using Earth observation data and Machine learning algorithms; Typology of crop production environments to identify factors causing yield gaps and classifying those areas with spatial data; Identification of hotspots and endemic areas based on disease and pest dynamics in space and time and related epidemiology with the help of geo-spatial techniques; IOT-based platforms and high-resolution remote sensing imagery to link proximal field phenotype; Crop stresses and biophysical parameters extraction using Multispectral, Hyperspectral image analysis and spectral matching techniques; Crop yield prediction using technology and different algorithms considering various parameters like weather, soil and crop management data; Historical climate change analysis and forecasting the changes that affects the crop conditions (crop rotation, crop intensity); Conducting impact assessment studies using Geospatial analysis 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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Jacqueline Hughes, Director General

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 Arvind Kumar

Deputy Director General – Research

Dr Arvind Kumar is an experienced crop scientist with more than 28 years’ experience in crop improvement, trait discovery to drought tolerance, disease- insect resistance and translational research. As Deputy Director General- Research, he leads and provides strategic direction to ICRISAT research in the area of climate resilience, nutrition, crop improvement, genomics-trait development, crops-water-soil-disease management, policy, agribusiness, market linkages and capacity development for ICRISAT-mandated crops grown mostly in the semi-arid regions of the world.

He has a PhD from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur- International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, in plant breeding and post-doctoral training from the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, on molecular breeding.

Expertise in: Project planning, management and strategy development, molecular breeding for crop improvement, translation research and climate resilience

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Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee

Director, Country Relations and Business Affairs

Dr 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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Angshu Sengupta

Director – Institutional Finance and Services

Mr. Angshu Sengupta was the Director of Finance, Risk & Legal at IRRI before he joined ICRISAT. In a career spanning 32 years, Mr. Sengupta worked 13 years in manufacturing, 15 in IT enabled services, two years in international consulting and two years in a non-profit research organization. He has shouldered the responsibilities of a CFO for about 8 years in his career. Mr. Sengupta has worked in GE Capital, GE Healthcare, GE Lighting, Vodafone, Countrywide Financial Corporation / Bank of America, Tata Consultancy Services, ACC Cements and Dunlop amongst other organizations.

Mr. Sengupta is a strategic business partner and out-of-the-box thinker, with successes in business transformation, process redesign for better control and productivity using Six Sigma tools, start-up operations, business/entity restructuring, P&L management, stakeholder management, cost control, risk management, compliance, margin improvement and working capital improvement. He is known for his deliberate and focused approach in leading global multi-cultural teams for reaching business goals.

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Ramon Peachey

Ramon Peachey

Director – Communications

Kunal Sarkar

General manager – Human Resource

Mr Kunal Sarkar is an accomplished professional with more than 17 years of experience across several verticals of strategic Human Resource Management — talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, performance management, talent management, ethics and safeguarding, employee engagement, global mobility and organization development — in telecom, pharmaceutical, IT and ITeS, and  agricultural research. Kunal has been in global leadership roles in multicultural and multidisciplinary work environments in Asia, ANZ and Africa, where he has successfully led HR initiatives to support cultural harmonization and drive change.

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Amit Chakravarty

Chief of Staff

Dr Kuldeep Singh

Cluster Leader – Genebank
Head (Consultant)

Falalou Hamidou

Senior Scientist – Regional Genebank

Arindam Bose

Head – Purchase, Supplies and Disposal Services

A Vani

Senior Manager – Housing and Food Services

Surya Mani Tripathi

Head – Legal Services

Surya Mani Tripathi,  is Legal Counsel 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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Agathe Diama

Head-Regional Information – WCA

Arun Balamatti

Senior Manager – Visitor Services and Protocol Management

Dr Hari Kishan Sudini

Interim Director, Business Development
Cluster Leader – Science Quality & Strategy
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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Lakshmi Pillay

Manager – Business Development and Partnerships

Jayavardhan Kasha

Manager – Grants & Contracts

Ovais Hamid Peerzada

Manager – Genebank Quality Manager

Senthil Ramachandran

Manager – Germplasm Conservation

S Vinaykanth

Resident Medical Doctor – Field Medical Unit

Anjaneya Sunil Kumar Pabbathi

Manager – Treasury & Operations

Appan Parida

Manager – MIS & Accounts

Indumathy Jonnalagadda

Manager – Projects & Grants

Muzamil Baig

Manager – Genebank Quality Manager

Jacqueline Hughes, Director General

Dr Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes

Director General

Dr Arvind Kumar

Deputy Director General – Research

Dr Ramadjita Tabo

Regional Director and Country Representative Mali
West & Central Africa

Dr Rebbie Harawa

Regional Director and Country Representative Kenya
Eastern & Southern Africa

Dr Malick Niango Ba

Country Representative – Niger
Principal Scientist

Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe

Country Representative – Nigeria
Principal Scientist

Dr Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu

Responsible – Tanzania
Cluster Leader – Landscapes, Soil Fertility and Water Management
Senior Scientist

Dr D Hailemichael Shewayrga

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Breeding West & Central Africa Program

Dr Mathieu Ouedraogo

Senior Scientist – Project Management

Dr Felix Badolo

Senior Scientist – Agricultural Economics

Baloua Nebie

Senior Scientist-Sorghum Breeding

Jummai Othnielyila

Cluster Leader – Gender and Youth
Senior Scientist

Falalou Hamidou

Senior Scientist – Regional Genebank

Prakash I Gangashetty

Scientist – Pigeonpea Breeding

Bouba Traore

Scientist

Dr Ijantiku Ignatius Angarawai

Product Placement Lead

Folorunso Mathew Akinseye

Scientist – Agronomy & Agro Climatology

Dr Patrick Okori

Interim Director
Country Representative – Mozambique
Cluster Leader – Seed Systems
Principal Scientist

Martin Philani Moyo

Country Representative – Zimbabwe
Cluster Leader – Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Senior Scientist

Dr NVPR Ganga Rao

Product Placement Lead

Dr Henry Fred Ojulong

Cluster Leader – Precision Phenotyping for biotic, abiotic stresses & nutrition
Senior Scientist

Dr Eric Manyasa

Product Placement Lead

Dr Akpo Essegbemon

Scientist – Seed systems specialist – HOPE ll and TL llI

Hapson Mushoriwa

Cluster Leader – Rapid Generation Advancement
Principal Scientist

Dr Mamta Sharma

Cluster Leader – Precision Phenotyping for biotic abiotic stresses & nutrition
Principal Scientist

Dr Sreenath Dixit

Interim Director
Cluster Leader – ICRISAT Development Center
Principal Scientist

Dr Rajan Sharma

Cluster Leader – Crop Protection & Seed Health
Principal Scientist

Dr Janila Pasupuleti

Cluster Leader – Crop Breeding
Principal Scientist – Groundnut Breeding

Dr A Ashok Kumar

Interim Research Program Director
Principal Scientist – Product Placement Lead

Dr Sobhan Babu Sajja

Cluster Leader – Crop Improvement Operations Team (CIOT),
Rapid Generation Advancement,
Senior Scientist

SK Gupta

Principal Scientist

S Srinivasan

Senior Scientist (Chickpea Breeding)

S Gopalakrishnan

Principal Scientist – Microbiology

Dr Hari Kishan Sudini

Interim Director, Business Development
Cluster Leader – Science Quality & Strategy
Principal Scientist – Groundnut Pathology

Dr Raju Ghosh

Dr Jagdish Jaba

Scientist- Entmology

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

Prasad Jairam Kamdi

Manager – Watersheds

Dr Damaris A Odeny

Cluster Leader – Genomics, pre-breeding & Bioinformatics
Principal Scientist

Dr Rakesh K Srivastava

Senior Scientist – Chickpea Genomics Genomics & Trait Discovery

Dr Manish K Pandey

Senior Scientist – Groundnut Genomics

Ganesh Bapurao Patil

Special Project Scientist

Dr K Hima Bindu

Senior Scientist-Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Geoffrey Simiyu Muricho

Scientist – MLE Specialist

Prasad Bajaj

Cluster Leader for Sequencing & Genomics Services
Manager-Computational Biology

Dr Michael Hauser

Principal Scientist – Enabling Systems Transformation

Dr Murali Krishna Gumma

Cluster Leader – Geospatial and Big Data Sciences
Principal Scientist

Dr Andre F van Rooyen

Country Representative – Ethiopia
Principal Scientist

Dr S Nedumaran

Senior Scientist – Economics

Dr D Kumara Charyulu

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economics

Dr R Padmaja

Cluster Leader – Knowledge and Capacity Development
Senior Scientist – Gender Research

Dr Sabine Homann Kee Tui

Senior Scientist – Social Scientist

Mequanint Biset Melesse

Cluster Leader – Technology Adoption and Impact Analysis
Senior Scientist

Dr Jana Kholova

Cluster Leader – Crop Physiology and Modelling
Senior Scientist

Sunita Choudhary

Scientist

Mohammed Irshad Ahmed

Manager – GIS, RS/GIS Lab

Saikat Datta Mazumdar

Cluster Leader – Nutrition, Dietary Behavior and Smart Food
Chief Operating Officer NutriPlus Knowledge (NPK) Program

Selvaraj Aravazhi

Cluster Leader – Agri Business Innovation Platform
Head – (Chief Executive Officer)

M Vetriventhan

Senior Scientist (Genetic Resources)

Anitha Seetha

Senior Scientist – Nutrition

Pierre CS Traore

Responsible – Senegal
In – Business Researcher (Secondment)

Satish Nagaraji

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

Ramesh Singh

Ramesh Singh

Principal Scientist – Soil and Water Conservation

Pushpajeet Lokpal Choudhari

Pushpajeet Lokpal Choudhari

Manager – CRAL

Dr Victor Afari-Sefa

Research Program Director

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