Braun has served as the Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program since 2006, Braun has an M.S. from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and a Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim. His achievements include contributing to the development and release of 44 winter wheat varieties grown on nearly 1.5 million hectares in Central and West Asia, and he is the main author or co-author on more than 120 scientific articles, including 36 in refereed journals. In 2003 he received the Chinese Friendship Award for his contributions to wheat improvement in Gansu Province.
Professor Paul C. Struik is a Full Professor of Crop Physiology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and head of this University’s Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. He obtained an M.Sc in Agronomy and a Ph.D in Agricultural Sciences from Wageningen University. His fields of expertise include: crop systems biology, photosynthesis, resource-use efficiency, seed systems, agrobiodiversity and the synergy between natural and social sciences.
Professor Struik is the author and co-author of many publications including most recently “Deconstructing and unpacking scientific controversies in intensification and sustainability: why the tensions in concepts and values?” in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability” (2014) and “Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security” (2014) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
He is on the editorial board of several international scientific journals including Editor in Chief of Potato Research (1990 – present); Editor of Annals of Applied Biology (2004 until present) and Academic editor of PLoS ONE (2014 until present). He is a member of the Council of the European Association for Potato Research and in 2014, he was recognized for the Outstanding Paper on Plant Genetic Resources from the Crop Science Society of America.
López graduated with a food industry engineering degree from University of Santiago, Chile, and obtained her Master of Science at Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. López worked as a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization and served as the national representative for the International Cereal Chemists. López has a variety of experiences, in Quality Control and Flour Treatment and Quality Assurance Systems, specialized in cereal fortification in the American Institute of Bread (AIB.)
López is the author of over 20 scientific publications and 100 journal articles. Currently, her research is focused on biotechnology and the development of functional food based cereals.
Porter is an internationally known scientist in crop ecology and physiology, biological modelling and agricultural ecology. Main contribution has been multi-disciplinary work in the response of arable crops, energy crops and complex agro-ecosystems to their environment with an emphasis on climate change, agronomy and ecosystem services.Porter has published more than 130 papers in reviewed journals and has won three international prizes for his research and teaching and is a former past-president of the European Society for Agronomy. Recently he has led the writing of the critically important chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment in Working Group 2 on food production systems and food security. He has recently expanded his interest into food systems and food security and was elected Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry in 2014.
Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Lebanon
An Egyptian national and civil engineer by training with a focus on strategic leadership in the fields of sustainable development, operational and policy-based lending, as well as project and portfolio management. At AfDB, Aly Abou Sabaa provided leadership in the preparation and execution of the Bank’s main strategies which had huge impact on the lives of millions of people in Africa. He led the resource mobilization and the management of a US $11 billion portfolio in the areas of agriculture, water, natural resources management, climate change, green development, governance, women and youth, as well as human and infrastructural development. His experience spans more than 35 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United States of America.
Dr. Gutterson has been involved in plant biotechnology for nearly 30 years as an inventor with a scientific background in molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics. He is Vice President of Agricultural Biotechnology at DuPont Pioneer. Previously, Gutterson was Chief Executive Officer of Mendel from 2007 to 2014, following roles at Mendel as Vice President for Research & Development, President and Chief Operating Officer. Gutterson is section secretary of the food and agriculture governing board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and a member of the GrassRoots Biotechnology board of directors. Gutterson joined the CIMMYT Board of Trustees in September 2011, he is the chair of the Program Committee and a member of the Executive and Nomination committees. Gutterson holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley; a B.S. in chemistry from Yale University; and attended an executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a named inventor on more than three dozen patents and pending patent applications.
Martin Kropff serves as the Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) since June 2015. Before joining CIMMYT, Kropff was Rector Magnificus and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Center (Wageningen UR) in the Netherlands. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biology at Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental sciences at Wageningen University. In 1984, he was appointed assistant professor at Wageningen University. From 1990 to 1995, Kropff was the systems agronomist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, where he led an interdisciplinary program on the introduction of systems analysis and simulation in rice production research. Upon his return to the Netherlands in 1995, he served successively as Full Professor of Crop and Weed Ecology, Scientific Director of the University’s C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and Director General of the Plant Sciences Group. In 2005 he joined the Executive Board of Wageningen UR. Kropff played a key role in raising Wageningen UR’s profile worldwide. In 2013, he joined the CGIAR Consortium Board, where he worked to improve cohesion and develop a new CGIAR strategy.
Honorary Research Fellow, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
As a scientist at both CSIRO and CIMMYT, Tony Fischer worked on wheat agronomy, crop physiology and genetic improvement, and published over 100 papers. He was Director of the CIMMYT Wheat Program from 1988-1995. From 1995-2005, Fischer served as Research Program Manager at ACIAR, and worked to extend their activities into places like Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet, DPRK and Afghanistan. Fischer is currently ACT Coordinator for the Crawford Fund and a Member of the Order of Australia.
Ron DePauw is an internationally recognized scientist, who was born in rural Saskatchewan and raised on a farm near Treherne, Manitoba. Ron has devoted his life to reduce business risk for producers, to meet consumers’ requests for safe and nutritious food, to improve end-use suitability factors, and to contribute to an overall betterment of society and farm economy.
Wheat is the most widely grown crop in Canada, and generates $4 to $5 billion of direct farm receipts and additional $7 to $8 billion in value added processing. Ron actively participated in the registration of 65 wheat and six triticale cultivars. For the past 14 years, 40% to 55% of all of the wheat grown in Canada derived from cultivars that he and the team he led developed. Cultivars developed by Ron and his team exemplify the use of environmentally friendly and low input-cost genetic resistance to control a multitude of diseases and insects.
Ron has published 228 peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 book chapters with another “in press”, and close to 1000 miscellaneous publications including conference abstracts. He has received numerous awards including the Order of Canada, Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Gold Medal from Professional Institute of Canada which has only been awarded 40 times to someone in the field of science, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Senior Research Associate and Program Head, Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), China
Yiching Song obtained her PhD in rural sociology and rural development at Wageningen University in 1998 and has held her current post at CAS since 2000. She is also a professor at China Agricultural University, Guangxi University and Jilin Agricultural University and a visiting scholar at Wageningen University. Her research focuses on sustainable agriculture, food security and rural development policies in China. Song has also acted as a key gender consultant for IFAD since 2000.