Cumulating experience in agriculture biotechnology and plant science, as well as leadership skills for dispersed global R&D teams, Jean-Marcel has a particular interest in promoting modern breeding methods to hasten crop improvement in the developing world. His underlying motivation is to help to weave effective and interactive communities of crop researchers to bridge the gap between basic and applied agricultural science, working with developing-country partners as key actors to lead the research arena.
Jan Erik Backlund
Jan Erik has had a life-long interest in adapting emerging technologies to the needs of plant breeding, and appreciates the importance of accurate and timely data handling. During his tenure in the seed industry, he had the opportunity to participate in the practical application of a number of newly available technologies including high-density genotyping, genomic selection, and machine learning. He now supports the continued development of the BMS with the IBP development team.
Gorgui Alioune Mbow
Alioune stands out in the field of organizational development, having acquired a broad range of skills at both the national and international levels. His areas of expertise include Information and Communication Technologies, Strategic Communications, Communications for Development, and Knowledge Management, especially in the context of disseminating agricultural innovations in Africa. With the IBP, he plans to expand activities across all regions of Africa, and to scale the breeding and knowledge outputs being generated in the EBCA and ABEE projects that are under his coordination.
Mariano has undertaken a variety of roles in the software development sector for a wide range of industries, giving him great insight in all of its aspects, from the very technical to the managerial. He now manages BMS development, overseeing the activities of an international team of developers, with the profound belief that data – and, specifically, data-inferred insights – can make a concrete difference in the world. In parallel, Mariano is pursuing postgraduate studies in Data Science.
Corina De Luna Habito
Coming from a family of educators, audience engagement is in Corina’s DNA. Combined with her strong background in database management and love for problem-solving, she now coordinates BMS technical deployment and user support services in Europe and across the globe. A firm believer in "better data, better crops", she is a key actor in the implementation of digitized crop improvement workflows and capacity-building for clients in the private and public sectors alike.
Staff & Advisors
Aissatou Combe Badji
Fernando Rojas Torres
Susana Peredo Velazquez
Tiare Hermann William Some
Board of Trustees
Dr Dave Hoisington, Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA.
Mr Gary Cornelius, Director and Senior Advisor at Leadenhall Corporate Advisory, in Adelaide, Australia.
Dr Kanyawim Kirtikara is Vice President for Research Strategy at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), in Thailand, Bangkok.
Dr Tabare Abadie is a Corteva Fellow at Corteva Agriscience, in Iowa, USA.
Dr Kevin Pixley is Director of the Genetic Resources Program at the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT), in Texcoco, Mexico.
Dr. Elizabeth Sibale is deputy chief of party for FtF Agricultural Diversification Activity, in Malawi.
The IBP Director, is a Board member by right of office.