Board of Directors

April 2021:  the following have been elected by the DivSeek membership to serve on the Board of Directors for a period of 2-3 years.  The inaugural meeting of the Board will be held in early May, with a hand-over from the previous Board.  In the meantime, for any Board procedural matters, the outgoing Chair, Susan McCouch, may be contacted in addition to our Executive Director, Graham King.

  • Yasmina El Bahloul

    Yasmina is a plant breedergraduated from Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II Institute (Morroco) with a PhD in biology from Namur university (Belgium)

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  • Robert Davey

    Rob is the Head of Research e-Infrastructure at the Earlham Institute (EI), where he leads both the...

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  • Sarah Hearne

    Hearne's work focuses on the exploration and application of native genetic variation in crop improvement.

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  • Stephen Kresovich

    Stephen Kresovich is the Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair of Genetics in the Department of Plant...

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  • Emily Marden

    Emily Marden is a practicing regulatory attorney and is a research associate in the School of Law...

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  • Christopher Richards*

    Dr. Richards received his MS in molecular biology at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Genetics...

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  • Julia Sibiya

    Julia Sibiya is an Associate Professor of Plant Breeding in the School of Agricultural, Earth...

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  • Jane Silverthorne

    Jane Silverthorne currently serves as Senior Science Advisor for the Supporters of Agricultural Research...

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  • Prof. Dr. Nils Stein

    Nils research is at the forefront of plant breeding by developing genomic tools, mapping of agronomic traits...

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  • Stephen H. Visscher

    Steve became Director of Strategic Partnerships and COO of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS)...

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* “Special Members” have voting rights in the Corporation and individuals associated with Special Members may be elected to the Board of the Corporation, but have no fiduciary responsibility to or on behalf of the Corporation. This category is available solely to those (individuals) who have restrictions based on their employment status. A member will be designated as Special Member upon agreement of the Board.

Board Observers

  • Gerald Brown

    Dr. Gerald Brown was originally trained in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology...

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  • Graham King

    Graham has over 34 years post-doctoral research and research management experience in crop plant...

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  • Ruth Bastow

    Ruth received her BSc at Sheffield University and her Ph.D at the University of Warwick. She has...

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Former Directors