Our People

Representing more than 20 countries, HarvestPlus staff bring many years of experience from across different disciplines and from public, private, academic and nongovernmental 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 are posted in countries where biofortified staple crops are being delivered. There are HarvestPlus offices or team members in Bangladesh, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Executive Office

Arun Baral
Chief Executive Officer

Benjamin Uchitelle-Pierce
Special Assistant to the CEO


Research & Development

Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer

Daniel Alvarez
Research Fellow

Meike Andersson
Crop Development Specialist

Jairo Arcos
Research Assistant

Erick Boy
Chief Nutritionist

Jen Foley
Senior Program Manager

Sonia Gallego
Research Assistant, Post-Harvest

Angelica Jaramillo
Research Assistant, Nutrition Quality Laboratory

Syed Khaleel 
Senior Transport Assistant

Luis Londono
Coordinator, Nutrition Quality Lab

Juan Camilo Orozco
Deputy Director

Gelver Patiño
Technician, Nutrition Quality Laboratory

V. Pravalika 
Data Entry Associate

Chelsea Reinberg
Program Coordinator

Victor Taleon
Research Fellow

Parminder Virk
Head, Crop Development

Jenny Walton
Senior Specialist, Demand Creation and Business Development


Finance & Administration

Adam Mayaki
Chief Financial Officer

Christine Flaherty
Budget and Contracts Assistant

Irene Huo
Budget and Contracts Analyst

Christelle Kazadi
Budget and Contracts Analyst

Sarah Manning
Program Associate

Jocelyn (Olyn) Panlilio
Business Manager, Budgets, Contracts and Grants

Aaron Rosen
Program Associate


External Affairs

Maggie Biruri
Head, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships

Katrina Boyd
External Affairs Coordinator

Josephine Boyle
Senior Program Associate

Peter Goldstein
Head, Strategic Communications

Mahwish Khan

Peg Willingham
Head, Advocacy and Policy


Impact & Strategy

Ekin Birol

Richard Alioma
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Destan Aytekin 
Knowledge Management Specialist

Lida de la Hoz
Information Systems Coordinator

Michael Tedla Diressie
Senior Research Analyst

Keith Lividini
Head, Strategy and Policy Research

Rewa Misra
Multilateral and Policy Advisor

Bho Mudyahoto
Head, Monitoring and Evaluation



Donald Mavindidze
Regional Director

Tassy Kariuki
Administrative Assistant

Lister Katsvairo
Africa Technical Manager, Delivery

Dellings Phiri
Country Manager, Malawi

Democratic Republic of Congo

Antoine Kanyenga Lubobo
Country Manager

Yahaya Basilwango

Bienveni Bigirimana Balola

Catherine Kalunga 
Research Assistant, Nutrition

Andrew Kambale Kiwaya
Administrative & Finance Assistant

Toussaint Kendenga
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Byamungu Mbiye
Seed Systems Specialist

Sandra Mirambo
Administrative Assistant

Ruth Munkiba 
Secretary & Administrative Assistant

Paul Pandi
Finance & Administrative Assistant

Willy Soko 

Dan Sumbu
Seed System Specialist


Paul Ilona
Country Manager

Adedayo Adepitan
Stem Specialist

Lucia Apologun
Accounting & Administrative Officer

Victor Ekeleme
Creative Design and Social Media Officer

Oluwasegun Irinoye
Database Officer

Olatundun Kalejaiye
Nutrition & Post-Harvest Specialist

Olutunde Kehinde
Project Support

Veronica Ogueri 
Accounts Assistant

Ifeoma Okonkwo
Communications Support

Fouad Dollah Yusuf
Seed Delivery Specialist


Jean Pierre Mbagurire
Interim Country Manager/Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Officer

Viateur Ndayizeye
Lab Technician


Sylvia Magezi
Country Manager

Ignatius Abaijuka
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Liliane Adeke
Seed System Officer

Jude Asiimwe
Marketing & Product Development Specialist

Angella Atero
Nutrition Communication & Advocacy Specialist

Laira Kyazike
Nutrition Officer

Cletie Lukusa
Marketing and Product Development Officer

Charles Musoke
Seed System Specialist

Desire Namara
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer

Fred Sempijja

Robert Ssebagala 

Rachel Wakulira
Finance and Contract Officer

Amos Wandera


Joseph Mulambu
Country Manager

Emely Mwale Banda
Communication & Demand Creation Specialist

Fackson Kaima

Kaumba Sakungo
Finance and Administration Officer

David Samazaka
Crop Development Specialist


Sakile Kudita
Interim Country Manager/Demand Creation Officer

Gore Chinyoka
Seed Systems Specialist

Rowai Grison
Research Assistant, Seed Systems

Tinashe Gwaze
Research Assistant, Seed Systems

Martha Katsi
Research Assistant, Communications

Fungai Primrose Kutyauripo
Research Assistant, Nutrition

Lorence Mjere
Seed Systems Specialist

Antony Mlambo
Research Assistant, Seed Systems

Simbarashe Mudani 
Seed Systems Officer 

Freddy Murimoga
Research Assistant, Seed Systems

Isabella Nyamhingura
Finance and Administration Officer

Farai Steven Ziweya
Research Assistant, Seed Systems




Khairul Bashar
Country Manager

Sakil Ahmed
Finance and Administrative Officer (BIeNGS)

Wahidul Amin
Senior Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation

Nipa Barua
Administrative Officer

Nuhara Begam
Communications and Advocacy Officer

Manik Debnath
Project Officer (BIeNGS)

Palash Goswami
Project Officer (BIeNGS)

Abu Hanifa
Project Coordinator

Forhanul Haque
Project Officer (BIeNGS)

Zakiul Hasan
Agricultural Research and Development Officer

Jahid Hussain
Agricultural Research and Development Officer

Mohammad Saiful Islam
Agricultural Research and Development Officer

Serajul Islam
Project Officer (ENRICH)

Tariqul Islam
Agricultural Research and Development Officer

Zahedul Islam
Research Technician

Md Shahinul Kabir
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (BIeNGS)

Habibur Khan
Project Coordinator (BIeNGS)

Runa Laila
Accounts Officer

Ruhul Amin Mondol
Agricultural Research and Development Officer

Abu Sayed Al Muktadir
Assistant Manager, Budget and Finance

Mohammad Nurulla
Office Attendant

Md Habibur Rahman
Office Assistant (BIeNGS)

Mozibar Rahman
Seed Systems and Marketing Officer

Mamnur Rashid
Project Officer (ENRICH)

Tonmoy Kumar Saha
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Mohammad Abu Saleque
Senior Manager, Project Coordination

Manuel Sangma 


Binu Cherian
Country Manager

Ravinder Giri
Project Manager

Suja Johnson
Senior Administrative Associate

Amit Kumar
Administrative Coordinator

Birendra Mendali
Senior Project Manager

K. Sai Prasad
Senior Administrative Associate

CV Ramesh
Senior Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation

K. Yadi Reddy 
Office Attendant


Dr. M. Yaqub Mujahid
Interim Country Manager/Crop Development Specialist

Muhammed Iqbal Makhdum
Consultant/Technical Assistant

Latin America & Caribbean

Marilia Nuti 
Regional Director

Andre Dusi
Seed Systems, Brazil (Embrapa)

Carolina Gonzalez
Deputy Director

Crhistian Guerrero
Field Technician

Luz Adriana Jimenez
Country Coordinator, Colombia / Marketing Analyst

Diana Lopera
Research Assistant

Apes Falcao Perera
Delivery, Brazil (Embrapa)

Byron Reyes
Research Fellow, Impact / Central America Coordinator 

Salomón Pérez Suárez
Country Coordinator, Guatemala

Sandra Vargas
Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst

Jose Luis Viana de Carvalho
Country Manager, Brazil (Embrapa)

Graciela Vedevoto
MLE, Brazil (Embrapa)

Christian Zapata 
Communications Analyst


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