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Dyno Keatinge (Ireland) joined AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center as Director General in 2008. He is an agronomist with a Doctorate in Agriculture from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland and is Visiting Professor of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Reading, UK. He has global expertise in crop agronomy having worked at ICARDA in Syria, Pakistan and Turkey, IITA in Nigeria and Cameroon and ICRISAT in India and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He was also Professor of Agricultural Systems and Management at Reading University for much of the 1990s.

email: dyno.keatinge(at)worldveg.org

Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes (United Kingdom) is the Deputy Director General for Research. Appointed in 2005 she leads the Center’s four global research and development themes, regional centers and key research support groups. Trained as an agricultural botanist and virologist (PhD in Microbiology/ Virology, University of Reading, UK) she has extensive international experience in Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa. She worked at the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute (UK), the University of Birmingham, Horticulture Research International (East Malling) and Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. Before joining AVRDC she was the virologist and head of the Seed Health Unit at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria from 1994 to 2005.

email: jackie.hughes(at)worldveg.org

Yin-fu Chang (Taiwan) joined AVRDC as Deputy Director General for Administration and Services in 2005. Trained as an entomologist with expertise in IPM and biological control, he was formerly Assistant Professor at the Institute of Tropical Agriculture & International Cooperation, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology in Taiwan. He also served with the Council of Agriculture and the Taiwan Mission in the USA as Agricultural Attaché where he was actively involved in international agricultural trade negotiations and developing agricultural science cooperative programs. In addition to his administration and services he is also responsible for host country liaison. He has a PhD in entomology from Cornell University.

email: yin-fu.chang(at)worldveg.org

Nagaraj Inukonda (India) joined AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center in 2009. He is the Director of Human Resources, Management Advisor to the Director General and gender focal point. He has expertise in a range of organizational management areas, including strategy and policy development, resource management, organizational behavior and organizational performance. He holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the area of organization strategy and performance and has undergone specialized training from Harvard Business School, USA in Social Enterprise Management. He is a certified trainer in Emotional Intelligence (TalentSmart, USA) and Workplace Diversity (SHRM, USA).  Prior to joining the social sector in 2001 at ICRISAT, he worked in management functions in the corporate sector (energy and chemicals) for over two decades. His research interests are in the areas of organizational performance, positive behavior, gender and diversity.

email: nagaraj.inukonda(at)worldveg.org

Dirk Overweg (The Netherlands) is Director of Finance. He is a commercial engineer with a doctorate in Applied Economic Sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, IT and administration, and has worked in several countries in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining AVRDC in 2013, Dirk was Regional Finance Manager-Asia for Belgian Technical Cooperation based in Hanoi, and Chief, Finance & Administration for the Mekong River Commission in Lao PDR. He has also served as an independent consultant in management control matters.

email: dirk.overweg(at)worldveg.org

Abdou Tenkouano (Burkina Faso) is the Director of AVRDC’s operations in West and Central Africa. Based in Mali, Dr. Tenkouano is responsible for leading AVRDC activities in sub-Saharan Africa and developing its national and international partnerships. He is an agricultural scientist with about 20 years of postdoctorate experience in participatory research and extension on several crop species including sorghum, millet, maize, cassava, yam, banana and plantain.  He worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali as a sorghum breeder and as coordinator of the West and Central Africa Sorghum Research Network from 1994 to 1996. He then joined the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and worked there until 2008 as a plant breeder for cassava, banana and plantain, and yam. At IITA, he led the banana and plantain program and served as member of the Research for Development Council.  He holds a PhD in genetics from Texas A & M University, USA.

email: abdou.tenkouano(at)worldveg.org

Thomas Dubois (Belgium) is the Director of AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Tanzania. Dr. Dubois received his PhD in Entomology from Cornell University, USA in 2003. From 2005 to 2012 he served as a scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), where he managed aflatoxin mitigation activities, developed seed marketing systems for East Africa, and worked on strategies for harmonization of biopesticide regulations and coherence in biotechnology applications.  His recent activities have emphasized value chains for rice in 11 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, developing banana as an income-generating crop through linkage with the private sector, and enhancing technologies to reduce aflatoxin contamination of crops at a commercial scale.  Dr. Dubois received the 2006 Young Promising Scientist Award from the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research).

email: thomas.dubois(at)worldveg.org


Narinder Dhillon (India) is the Acting Director of AVRDC East and Southeast Asia, located in Bangkok, Thailand.  His areas of expertise: vegetable breeding (cucurbits) and sustainable vegetable production. He manages and coordinates regional development projects for AVRDC in East and Southeast Asia, with major responsibilities for developing partnerships, training programs and new projects.

email: narinder.dhillon(at)worldveg.org

Warwick Easdown (Australia) is the Director of AVRDC South Asia in Hyderabad, India and responsible for developing regional partnerships and projects. His areas of expertise include communications, agronomy and rural internet applications. He has more than 30 years of experience in extension, administration, teaching and research. He joined AVRDC headquarters in 2006 as Head of Communications from a similar position at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Prior to this he ran extension training and research at the University of Queensland and worked in extension agronomy in subtropical Australia. He holds degrees from Australia and South Africa, and a PhD from the University of Illinois, USA.

email: warwick.easdown(at)worldveg.org

Ravza Mavlyanova (Uzbekistan) is the Acting Director of AVRDC Central & West Asia and North Africa, based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She is responsible for developing regional partnerships and projects. Dr. Mavlyanova has more than 30 years of experience in plant genetic resources, breeding, seed production and agronomy. She received a PhD in breeding and seed production from the Vavilov Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1984 and a Doctor of Agricultural Sciences from the Uzbek Research Institute of Cotton Breeding and Seed Production (UzRICBSP), Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1999. Prior to joining AVRDC in 2004 as Regional Coordinator for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Ravza served as Research Director of the Uzbek Research Institute of Plant Industry (UzRIPI) in Uzbekistan.

email: ravza.mavlyanova(at)worldveg.org