Representing more than 20 countries, HarvestPlus staff bring many years of experience from both the public and private sectors to address the problem of micronutrient malnutrition. HarvestPlus staff are based at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia or the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. Many staff are posted in countries where HarvestPlus plans to release micronutrient-rich staple crops. An interdisciplinary Program Management Team (PMT) oversees organizational activities.

Staff are listed by program area

Director’s Office

Howarth Bouis
Director (PMT Member)

Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer
Deputy Director, Operations (PMT Member)

Ina Schonberg
Deputy Director, Programs (PMT Member)

Anne Mackenzie
Standards Advisor

Pam Wuichet
Manager, Partnerships and Development (PMT Member)

Jay Papisan
Senior Program Analyst, Partnerships and Development

Amy Saltzman
Senior Program Analyst


Yassir Islam
Head, Communications (PMT Member)

Vidushi Sinha
Senior Communications Specialist

Denis Okello
Communications Specialist

Joslin Isaacson
Communications Specialist

Crop Development

Joe Tohme
Nutritional Genomics Manager (PMT Member)

Parminder Virk
Manager, Crop Development (PMT Member)

Meike Andersson
Crop Development Specialist

Tajinder Bharaj
Asia Consultant

Lida de la Hoz
Information Systems Coordinator

Henry Ruiz Guzman
Systems Analyst

Jorge Mario Quiceno
Administrative Assistant

Crop Delivery

Benjamin Uchitelle-Pierce
Marketing and Development Coordinator


Marx Mbunji
Manager, Africa Region Business Development

Nicholas Mwansa
Maize Seed Systems Specialist, Sub-Saharan Africa (PMT Member)

Acanda Ubomba-Jaswa
Market Development Manager – Africa


Khairul Bashar
Country Manager (PMT Member)

Abu Hanifa
Administrative Coordination Officer

Abu Sayed Al Muktadir
Accounting Officer

Democratic Republic of Congo

Sylvain Bidiaka
Crop Delivery Specialist, Cassava

Antoine Kanyenga Lubobo
Crop Delivery Specialist, Beans

Dan Sumbu
Research Technician

Alexis Songolo Wabantu
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Eulalie Mufunguzi Zawadi
Communications Specialist

John Mubalama Chibashimba
Stockist and Inventory Control Assistant

Adrien Bahizire Chifizi
Research Assistant/Dissemination Facilitator

Paul Pandi
Finance and Administrative Assistant


Binu Cherian
Head, Pearl Millet Delivery

I.S. Khairwal
Senior Advisor

Suja Johnson
Administrative Associate


Paul Ilona
Country Manager (PMT Member)

Adedayo Adepitan
Stem Specialist

Olutunde Kehinde
Project Support

Mary Okocha
Postharvest Consultant

Ugonna Nwosu
Database/Administrative Officer


Qadir Baloch
Crop Delivery Specialist, Pakistan – Wheat

M. Yaqub Mujahid
Consultant/Crop Development Specialist


Lister Katsvairo
Country Manager (PMT Member)

David Kiiza
Crop Specialist

Laetitia Umulisa
Communications Officer

Pascal Manzi
Research Assistant

Jean d’Amour Nkundimana
Research Assistant, Agroenterprise Development

Theogene Rukundo
Market Assistant

Maurice Rurangwa
Crop Assistant

Mireille Uwibanze
Stores Clerk


Anna-Marie Ball
Manager, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances (PMT Member)

Sylvia Magezi
Country Manager

Ignatius Abaijuka
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Angella Atero
Demand Creation Specialist

Charles Musoke
Seed System Specialist

Godfrey Kalemera Ruhangawebare
Markets and Product Development Specialist

Laira Kyazike
Demand Creation Officer

Liliane Adeke
Seed System Officer

Moses Lule
Marketing and Seed System Officer


Eliab Simpungwe
Country Manager (PMT Member)

Emely Mwale Banda
Communication and Demand Creation Specialist

Augustine Mutelekesha
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Julie Chewe
Finance Officer

Susan Chipandwe
Seed Systems Specialist

Nzovwa Kwendakwema
Administrative Coordinator

Impact Research

Ekin Birol
Head, Impact Research (PMT Member)

John (Jack) Fiedler
Senior Research Fellow

Adewale Oparinde
Associate Research Fellow

Dorene Asare-Marfo
Senior Research Analyst

Michael Tedla Diressie
Senior Research Assistant

Caitlin Herrington
Senior Research Assistant

Latin America and the Caribbean

Marilia Nutti
Manager, Latin America & Caribbean (PMT Member)

Carolina Gonzalez
Agricultural Research Economist

Henry Ruiz Guzman
Systems Analyst

Luis Fernando Londoño
Nutritional Quality Laboratory Coordinator

Gelver Patiño
Nutrition Quality Laboratory Technician

Elise Talsma

María Fernanda Yusty
Administrative Analyst

Angelica Jaramillo
Research Assistant, Nutrition Quality Laboratory

Marlene Rosero Pabon
Communications Assistant

Salomón Pérez Suárez
Research Assistant


Erick Boy
Head, Nutrition (PMT Member)

Fabiana Moura
Research Fellow

Mourad Moursi
Research Fellow

Victor Taleon
Associate Research Fellow

Moira Angel
Senior Research Assistant

Alexandra Ruth
Research Assistant

Policy Research

Manfred Zeller
Head, Policy Research

Monica Jain
Associate Research Fellow

Jose Funes
Senior Research Analyst

Keith Lividini
Research Analyst

Administration and Finance

Boubacar Cissé
Head, Finance & Administration

Brittany Leoboldt
Senior Administrative Coordinator

Jocelyn (Olyn) Panlilio
Contracts and Grants Administrator

Juliana Rivas
Budget Coordinator

Angela Bermudez
Administrative Analyst

Caroline Eisel
Budget and Contracts Analyst

Luis Fernando Osorio
Grants Financial Officer

Daniela Acevedo Castaneda
Financial Assistant

Meghan Lucas
Budget and Contracts Assistant

Becky McDowell
Program Assistant

Elizabeth Packer
Program Assistant