Dr Shoba Sivasankar joined as Director, CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals in July 2013. In addition to her role in Dryland Cereals, effective 1st September 2015, she is also the Director for the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.
Shoba has over 20 years of experience leading/managing agricultural programs and projects, with fourteen years in the seed/biotechnology industry. Prior to joining the CGIAR, Shoba led the Corn Drought Tolerance Gene Evaluation program for DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, and the development and coordination of the transgenic pipeline for agronomic traits, from discovery research to early product development. During her career at DuPont Pioneer, she worked in the areas of stress physiology and silage digestibility, and played an integral part in the development of DuPont’s FASTcorn phenotyping platform.
Born in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Shoba earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agricultural sciences/agronomy from Kerala Agricultural University. After working as faculty in her Alma Mater for six years, Shoba moved to Canada for higher studies and received her PhD from the University of Guelph, Canada, working in the areas of plant physiology and biochemistry. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the same university in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and moved to DuPont Pioneer in 1999. Her most recent degree is an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Shoba has 16 issued patents and 89 published patent applications across 21 patent families to date, and several peer-reviewed publications.
The Steering and Advisory Committee (SAC) of Dryland Cereals has overall responsibilities for strategic direction, management oversight, stakeholder participation, risk management, conflict management, audit and evaluation of the research program. The committee is formed by the merger of the Steering Committee and the Independent Advisory Committee.
|Peter Langridge, Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia|
|Eric Danquah, Professor & Director, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement, University of Ghana|
|Greg Edmeades, Independent Consultant|
|Saber Golkari, Director General, Dryland Agricultural Research Institute, Iran|
|Bernard Hubert, President, CRAI and Agropolis, France|
|Yilma Kebede, Senior Program Officer for Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation|
|R S Mahala, Research Director, Pioneer Overseas Corporation India|
|Jeet Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)|
|Margaret Smith, Professor, Dept. Plant Breeding & Genetics, Cornell University|
|Aly Abousabaa, Director General, ICARDA|
|David Bergvinson, Director General, ICRISAT (Ex-officio)|
|Shoba Sivasankar, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Ex-officio)|
The Research Management Committee (RMC) is the key entity responsible for the establishment, execution and monitoring of the research portfolio, strategy, work plans and annual budgets of the research program. In the Extension Phase, the RMC includes a 10-member Core Team and a Technical Team. The Core Team includes liaisons with key partners for dryland cereals R4D. The Technical Team includes Flagship Leaders and Critical Resource Persons.
|CERAAS Liaison||Ndiaga Cisse, Director, Regional Center for the improvement of Plant Adaptation to Drought, CERAAS|
|UQ Liaison||David Jordan, Principal Research Fellow/Associate Professor, Sorghum Plant Breeder and Team Leader, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation|
|ICARDA Liaison||Andrew Noble, Deputy Director General-Research, ICARDA|
|ICRISAT Liaison||Peter Carberry, Deputy Director General-Research, ICRISAT|
|SFSA Liaison||Ian Barker, Head Agriculture Partnerships, Syngenta Foundation|
|Bayer Crop Science Liaison||Jayalekha AK, Lead Breeder- Pearl Millet, Bayer BioScience Pvt. Ltd|
|FP 1: Priority Setting & Adoption||Alphonse Singbo, Scientist – Market Economics (WCA)
West & Central Africa Program, ICRISAT
|FP 2: Improved Varieties and Hybrids|
|Pre-Breeding||Jean Francois Rami, Molecular Geneticist, Agricultural Research Centre for Development (CIRAD)|
|Crop Coordinator – Barley||Ramesh Verma, Senior Barley Breeder and Coordinator – Barley Group, Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program, ICARDA|
|Crop Coordinator – Finger Millet||Henry Ojulong, Scientist (Finger Millet Breeding), ICRISAT|
|Crop Coordinator – Pearl Millet||SK Gupta, Senior Scientist (Pearl Millet Breeding), ICRISAT|
|Crop Coordinator – Sorghum||Aboubacar Toure,Senior Sorghum Breeder, ICRISAT-Bamako|
|FP3: Integrated Crop Management||Girish Chander, Scientist – Soil Science, ICRISAT|
|FP4: Seed Systems & Input Services||Zewdie Bishaw, Head of Seed Unit, ICARDA|
|FP5: Post-harvest Value & Output Markets||Kiran Sharma, Director, PTTC and Chief Executive Officer – Agribusiness and Innovation Platform|
|Resource Person (Gender)||Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Scientist – Gender Research|
|Resource Person (Niger)||Malick Ba, Senior Scientist – Entomology, ICRISAT|
|Resource Person (Barley)||Michael Baum, Director, Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program, ICARDA|
|Resource Person (East & Southern Africa)||Moses Siambi, Director – Eastern and Southern Africa, ICRISAT|
|Resource Person (West & Central Africa)||Ramadjita Tabo, Director – West and Central Africa, ICRISAT|
|Mr Satish Nagaraji (N.Satish@cgiar.org)||Communication Manager|
|Ms D Nagalakshmi (D.Nagalakshmi@cgiar.org)||Administrative Officer|