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Andreas Ebert (Germany) is the AVRDC Genebank Manager and Global Theme Leader – Germplasm. He has extensive experience in genebank management, both for field and orthodox seed collections, and in the implementation of research and development projects in Latin America, West Africa and East and Southeast Asia. He heads AVRDC’s Genetic Resources and Seed Unit, which focuses on regeneration, characterization, documentation and utilization of the vast vegetable genetic resources conserved in the Center’s genebank. Prior to joining AVRDC in 2008, he was Team Leader of the interdisciplinary plant genetic resources research group at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica and Professor at CATIE’s Graduate School. He holds a PhD in horticulture from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.

email: andreas.ebert(at)worldveg.org

Peter Hanson (USA) is the Center’s Breeding Theme leader. He has extensive international experience in vegetable breeding, with a particular focus on tomato and crucifers. He works on the development of fresh market and processing tomato inbred lines and hybrids for the tropics, with emphasis on heat tolerance and multiple disease resistance, particularly begomoviruses, bacterial wilt, and late blight. Prior to joining the Center in 1993 he worked at Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropicál (CIAT) in Colombia and at Egerton University in Kenya. He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding & Agronomy from the University of Illinois, USA.

email: peter.hanson(at)worldveg.org

Jaw-Fen Wang (Taiwan) leads the Production Theme. A plant pathologist, her research focuses on managing vegetable diseases caused by plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria. The topics include pathogen identification and characterization, host resistance and integrated disease management. Recent achievements include use of resistant rootstocks to manage soil-borne diseases, locating resistance genes to bacterial wilt in tomato, and characterizing pathogens causing pepper anthracnose. Dr. Wang has 20 years of experience in research on vegetable disease management and is actively involved in developing and managing vegetable R&D projects around the world. She holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida, USA.

email: jaw-fen.wang(at)worldveg.org
CV & recent publications

Victor Afari-Sefa (Ghana) leads the Center’s Consumption Theme from Tanzania, Africa. He has extensive experience in performance monitoring and impact assessment of horticultural value chains on smallholder livelihoods. His research focuses on assessing opportunities and challenges in vegetable production systems, analyzing constraints in the value chain, and policy in interdisciplinary context. Prior to joining the Center in 2010, he worked as the Monitoring, Evaluation (M&E) and Impact Specialist for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ghana, where he implemented the M&E framework of the Sustainable Tree Crops Program. He also has international experience in integrated economic-biophysical optimization modeling of agricultural water use. Victor holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

email: victor.afari-sefa(at)worldveg.org
CV & recent publications


First NameLast NamePositionLocationGroup
VictorAfari-SefaSocioeconomist, Global Theme Leader - ConsumptionEastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
ShahabuddinAhmadVegetable Sector Leader (Bangladesh)South AsiaSenior Scientists and Staff
Yin-fuChangDeputy Director General - Adminstration & ServicesHeadquartersManagement
JanChangPostdoctoral Fellow, Molecular EntomologyHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
Huei-meiChenAssociate Specialist, Biotechnology/Molecular BreedingHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
WillieChenPostdoctoral Fellow - Agronomist/Plant Protection SpecialistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
NarinderDhillonVegetable Breeder, CucurbitsEast and Southeast Asia Senior Scientists and Staff
Fekadu FufaDinssaVegetable BreederEastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
ThomasDuboisRegional DirectorEastern and Southern AfricaManagement
Jacquelined’Arros HughesDeputy Director General - ResearchHeadquartersManagement
WarwickEasdownRegional DirectorSouth AsiaManagement
AndreasEbertGenebank Manager, Global Theme Leader - GermplasmHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
Shriniwas GautamPostdoctoral Scientist – Monitoring & EvaluationEast and Southeast Asia Senior Scientists and Staff
PeterHansonTomato Breeder, Global Theme Leader - BreedingHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
SylviaHsuManager, Food and Dormitory ServicesHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
DynoKeatingeDirector GeneralHeadquartersManagement
LawrenceKenyonPlant VirologistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
BharathKrishnanManager, Information Technology ServicesHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
SanjeetKumarScientist - Pepper BreedingHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
NadineKwaziExecutive Assistant to the Regional Director for AfricaEastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
DiditLedesmaBiometrician and Board SecretaryHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
Chih-HungLinAssociate SpecialistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
VincentLuInternal AuditorHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
KartiniLutherAssistant to Deputy Director General - ResearchHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
GregLutherTechnology Dissemination SpecialistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
JohnMachariaProject Manager Eastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
AdrienneMakManager, Management Support and Human Resources ServicesHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
RavishankarManickamResearch Site CoordinatorSouth AsiaSenior Scientists and Staff
JokoMaryionoProject Site Coordinator (Indonesia)East and Southeast Asia Senior Scientists and Staff
RavzaMavlyanovaActing Regional DirectorCentral & West Asia and North AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
MaureenMecozziHead, Communications & InformationHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
Inukonda NagarajDirector of Human ResourcesHeadquartersManagement
RamakrishnanNairVegetable Breeder, LegumesSouth AsiaSenior Scientists and Staff
NgoniNenguwoPostharvest SpecialistEastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
AnnelieÖbergManager – Grants & Partnership DevelopmentHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
DirkOverwegDirector of FinanceHeadquartersManagement
UshaPalaniswamy Project Manager, Vegetables Go to SchoolHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
SrinivasuluRajendranPost-Doctoral Scientist (Agricultural Economics)Eastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
SrinivasanRamasamyEntomologistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
AlbertRouambaOnion BreederWest and Central AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
RolandSchafleitnerHead, Molecular GeneticsHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
PepijnSchreinemachersAgricultural EconomistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
TsvetelinaStoilovaGenetic Resources ScientistEastern and Southern AfricaSenior Scientists and Staff
AbdouTenkouanoRegional DirectorWest and Central AfricaManagement
Jaw-fenWangPlant Pathologist, Global Theme Leader - ProductionHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
Ray-yuYangNutritionistHeadquartersSenior Scientists and Staff
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