1. Leadership
  2. Program Advisory Committee
  3. Staff List


Arun Baral

Chief Executive Officer

Wolfgang Pfeiffer

Senior Advisor

Lynn Brown

Director Policy, Strategy, and the Africa Region

Dr. Erick Boy

Chief Nutritionist

Emely Mwale Banda

Senior Country Coordinator, Zambia

Sakile Kudita

Country Manager, Zimbabwe; Research Fellow

Fouad Dollah Yusuf

Acting Country Manager, Nigeria

Sylvia Magezi

Country Manager, Uganda

Binu Cherian

Country Manager, India

Dellings Phiri

Country Manager, Malawi

M. Yaqub Mujahid

Country Manager, Pakistan

Dr. Md. Khairul Bashar

Senior Advisor, Bangladesh

Sulaiman Ginting

Country Manager, Indonesia

Howarth Bouis

Founding Director, HarvestPlus  Emeritus Fellow, IFPRI

Program Advisory Committee

HarvestPlus is based at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and collaborates with multiple CGIAR centers and partner organizations. The Board of Trustees of IFPRI has delegated the responsibility for oversight of HarvestPlus to a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which acts in effect as a Board of Trustees for HarvestPlus. The PAC includes the Director-General of IFPRI and one board member from the IFPRI Board of Trustees.

Andrew Natsios

PAC Chair; Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and Executive Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Djimé Adoum

Executive Secretary, CLISS

Esi Foriwa Amoaful

Director of Nutrition, Ghana Health Service

Ken Noah Davies

Director (Retired), Purchase for Progress, World Food Programme

David Governey

Corporate Governance and Risk Management Consultant, Ireland

Dr. Namanga Ngongi

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership

Andrew M. Prentice

Head, MRC International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Head, MRC Keneba, The Gambia; Theme Leader for Nutrition, The Gambia

Amitava (Amit) Roy

Board Vice Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association

Johan Swinnen

Director General, IFPRI

Joe Tohme

Research Director, CIAT Agrobiodiversity Programs

Paulus Verschuren

Chair, Access to Nutrition Foundation

Hilary Wild

CGIAR System Board, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Lawrence Kent

Designated Representative to PAC; Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Staff List

The HarvestPlus global team of more than 120 people take a multidisciplinary, multisectoral approach to advancing nutrient-enriched staple crops through effective partnerships, with the goal of improving lives by addressing hidden hunger worldwide. Their skillsets span seed and food value chains; crop research and development; and nutrition research; policy engagement; communicating evidence; and technological innovation.

Office of the CEO

Arun Baral

Chief Executive Officer

Wolfgang Pfeiffer

Senior Advisor

Benjamin Uchitelle-Pierce

Special Assistant to the CEO

External Affairs

Maggie Biruri

Head, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships

Josephine Boyle

Senior Research Mobilization Specialist

James Decker

Graphic Designer

Tara Jabbari

Digital Communications

Faith Okiror

Communications Specialist, Uganda

Research & Development

Dr. Erick Boy

Chief Nutritionist

Parminder Virk

Head, Functional Unit

Jairo Arcos

Research Assistant

Jen Foley

Acting Head, Communications; Senior Program Manager

Victor Taleon

Research Fellow

Mahalinagam Govindraj

Senior Scientist

Viateur Ndayizeye

Research Associate

Ivan Mauricio Hurtado

Research Associate, Crop Development

Finance & Administration

Jocelyn (Olyn) Panlilio

Business Manager, Budgets, Contracts and Grants

Christine Flaherty

Budget and Contracts Analyst

Edwin Guil

Budget and Contracts Analyst

Katie Foley

Administrative Coordinator

Policy & Program Strategy

Lynn Brown

Director, Alliances and Policy; Regional Director, Africa

Richard Alioma

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Michael Tedla Diressie

Senior Research Analyst

Rewa Misra

Head, National Policy and Innovative Finance 

Bho Mudyahoto

Head, Monitoring and Evaluation

Jenny Walton

Head, Commercialization and Scaling

Hussain Munawar

Consultant/Technical Assistant

Jean Pierre Mbagurire

Senior Research Associate


Liz Ogutu

Policy and Advocacy Officer; Regional Coordinator, Africa

Boaz Waswa


Katharina Diehl

Scaling Specialist

Penina Muoki

Program Manager

Democratic Republic of Congo

Toussaint Kendenga

Senior Research Associate, Monitoring and Evaluation

Christophe Msambya Kongolo

Senior Field Assistant, Kasai

Robert Tuombemungu Baguma

Senior Field Assistant, Sud-Kivu

Jean Leo Mulumba

Senior Communications Associate

Fabrice Tippy Kialanda Kinavuidi


Byamungu Mbiye

Research Associate

Sandra Mirambo Bahati


Crispin Mukanya Tshamwanda

Senior Research Assistant, Nutrition

Ruth Bena Munkiba

Coordinator, Administration

Willy Soko

Driver, Democratic Republic of Congo

Dan Mazenga Ndayizeye Sumbu

Research Associate

Jodel Pierre

Project Manager

Gideon Irebahose

Associate Officer

Basilwango Yahaya


Benjamin Tshibang

Senior Research Assistant, Nutrition, Kwilu

Kossi J. Akpaki

Nutrition Specialist

Ayoni Ogunbayo



Dellings Phiri

Country Manager

Sophie Muhuwa



Fouad Dollah Yusuf

Acting Country Manager; Seed Delivery Specialist

Adedayo Adepitan

Research Technician, Multiplication and Dissemination

Bolanle Bridget Akinribido

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Victor Ekeleme

Communications Specialist

Isang Pius James

Finance Manager

Olatundun Kalejaiye

Nutrition and Post-Harvest Officer

Olutunde Kehinde


Goodluck Ogu

Program Manager

Hussan Inuwa Abubakar

State Coordinator, Jigawa

Hadiza Umar Abubakar

State Coordinator, Gombe

Aminu Ibrahim Abubakar

State Coordinator, Kaduna

Dolapo Natalie Omokanjuola

Business Development Manager, Agronomy

Usman Kabir Musa

Market System/Value Chain Advisor

Arum Chioma

Program Associate

Muritala Ajibola Dauda

Field Assistant/Driver

Abdullahi Adam Idris

State Coordinator, Kano

Lawan Kurawa Saadu

Field Assistant/Driver

Abdulaziz Mohammed

Field Assistant/Driver


Ester Jimmy Simfukwe

Project Associate


Sylvia Magezi

Country Manager

Rachel Wakulira

Finance and Contract Officer

Jude Asiimwe Kagoro

Market and Product Development Specialist

Fred Sempijja


Laira Kyazike

Nutrition and Demand Creation Officer

Cletie Lukusa

Market and Product Development Officer

Charles Musoke

Seed Systems Specialist

Robert Ssebagala



Emely Mwale Banda

Senior Country Coordinator

David Samazaka

Senior Research Associate, Crop Development


Sakile Kudita

Country Manager, Zimbabwe; Research Fellow

Tinashe Gwaze

National Consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation

Lorence Mjere

National Consultant, Seed Systems

Isabella Nyamhingura

Associate Officer, Finance


Ravinder Grover

Regional Coordinator, Asia


Wahidul Amin

Interim Country Coordinator, Bangladesh

Khairul Bashar

Senior Advisor

Sakil Ahmed

Finance and Administrative Officer

Md. Wahidul Amin

Senior Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation

Syeda Nuhara Begam

Officer, Communications and Advocacy

Manik Debnath

Project Officer (BIeNGS)

Md Syed Abu Hanifa

Project Coordinator

Md. Zakiul Hasan

Divisional Coordinator

Jahid Hussain

Divisional Coordinator

Ruhul Amin Mondol

Divisional Coordinator

Abu Sayed Al Muktadir

Assistant Manager, Budget, Finance & Administration

Mohammad Nurulla

Office Assistant

Md Ziaur Rahman


Manuel Sangma


Md Mozibar Rahman

Coordinator, Seed Systems and Marketing

S. M. Tariqul Islam

Officer, Agricultural Research and Development


Binu Cherian

Country Manager

Ravinder Giri

Senior Project Manager

Suja Johnson

Finance Coordinator

Amit Kumar

Administrative Coordinator

Birendra Mendali

Senior Project Manager

Khushbu Noor

Budget and Contracts Assistant

K. Sai Prasad

Project Coordinator

V. Pravalika

Data Associate

Suyashi Purwar

Program Manager, GAIN/CBC

Chitti Venkata (CV) Ramesh

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Suyashi Purwar

Program Manager, GAIN/CBC

Chitti Venkata (CV) Ramesh

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

K. Yadi Reddy

Office Assistant

Sanya Sharma

Program Management Support

Prateek Uniyal

Program Manager

Abhilash Miriyappalli

Communications Specialist

Swadheen Pattanaik

Supply Chain Specialist


Sulaiman Ginting

Country Lead


M. Yaqub Mujahid

Country Manager/Crop Development Specialist

Makhdoom Hussain

Consultant/Technical Assistant

Javed Iqbal


Muhammad Imtiaz


Munawar Hussain


Latin America and Caribbean

Ivan Mauricio Hurtado

Research Associate, Crop Development