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Gebisa Ejeta

Purdue University
Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics & International Development

Gebisa Ejeta is Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University. Professor Ejeta also serves as Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security.  His research is focused on the genetic improvement of sorghum for enhanced productivity, nutritional quality, and resistance to pests, diseases, and environmental stress.

Professor Ejeta has served several agencies in an advisory capacity.  More recently, Dr. Ejeta has served the United States Government as Science Envoy of the US State Department, Special Advisor to the Administrator of USAID, before being appointed by President Obama to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD).   Previously, Dr. Ejeta has consulted with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the USAID, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the CGIAR, as well as a number of national and regional organizations in Africa. Currently, Dr. Ejeta is serving on the advisory board of the Sasakawa Africa Association, the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, and the Consortium Board of the CGIAR.   

Dr. Ejeta is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of Crop Science Society of America, and the 2009 World Food Prize Laureate.