Dr Shoba Sivasankar
Effective 1st September 2015, Dr Shoba Sivasankar is the Director, CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes. This is in addition to her current role of Director, CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals, since July 2013.
Shoba has over 20 years of experience leading/managing agricultural programs and projects, with fourteen years in the seed/biotechnology industry. Prior to joining the CGIAR, Shoba led the Corn Drought Tolerance Gene Evaluation program for DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, and the development and coordination of the transgenic pipeline for agronomic traits, from discovery research to early product development. During her career at DuPont Pioneer, she worked in the areas of stress physiology and silage digestibility, and played an integral part in the development of DuPont’s FASTcorn phenotyping platform.
Born in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Shoba earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agricultural sciences/agronomy from Kerala Agricultural University. After working as faculty in her Alma Mater for six years, Shoba moved to Canada for higher studies and received her PhD from the University of Guelph, Canada, working in the areas of plant physiology and biochemistry. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the same university in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and moved to DuPont Pioneer in 1999. Her most recent degree is an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Shoba has 16 issued patents and 89 published patent applications across 21 patent families to date, and several peer-reviewed publications.
The Steering and Advisory Committee (SAC) of Grain Legumes is the single, balanced, governing body that provides strategic guidance to, monitors performance and has oversight of the program management in relation to the execution of its program of research. The SAC reports directly to the Lead Center Board on the performance of the Program and serves as an indirect report for the Program Director. The SAC brings together appropriate expertise and includes a majority of independent expert members, while accommodating lead center and partner representation. The current committee is formed by the merger of the previous Independent Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee.
|Dr Jill Findeis, Director, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia MO, USA|
|Abdulkadir Aydogan, General Directorate of Agricultural Research (GDAR) in Turkey|
|Jeffrey Ehlers, Program Officer Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, US|
|Asnake Fikre, Director of Crop Research Process, EIAR, Ethiopia|
|Joyce Mulila-Mitti, Crops Officer, Crop Production and Protection, FAO Regional Office, Accra, Ghana|
|Ousmane Ndoye, Program Manager, Non Staple Crops, CORAF/WECARD, Dakar, Senegal|
|Fina Opio, Executive Director, ASARECA, Entebbe, Uganda|
|Sayyed Hossain Sabaghpour, Director General, Agricultural Research and Natural Resources Center of Hamedan Province, Hamedan, Iran|
|Jeet Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), India|
|Kadambot Siddique, Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director, The UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia, Crawley WA, Australia|
|Ruben Echeverria, Director General, CIAT|
|Nteranya Sanginga, Director General, IITA|
|Aly Abousabaa, Director General, ICARDA|
|David Bergvinson, Director General, ICRISAT (Ex-Officio)|
|Shoba Sivasankar, Director, Grain Legumes (Ex-Officio)|
The Research Management Committee (RMC) is the key entity responsible for the establishment, execution and monitoring of the research portfolio, strategy, work plans and annual budgets. Chaired by the Director, RMC includes the Flagship Coordinators and the Product Line Coordinators, who will be selected to provide effective regional representation across the target regions of the research program and to provide the scientific expertise across the Strategic Components. Directors of Research (or their designates) from the USAID-supported Feed the Future Innovation Labs on Peanut Mycotoxin Innovation Lab and the Legumes Innovation Lab will also be members of the RMC.
The Flagship Project Coordinators have primary responsibility for coordinating and reporting on work at the Flagship Project level, recognizing that the management of individual R&D projects is the responsibility of the institution at which the work is performed.
|FP 1: Managing Productivity||Vincent Vadez, Assistant Research Program Director-Dryland Cereals and Principal Scientist – Plant Physiology, ICRISAT|
|FP 2: Trait Determination|
|FP 3: Trait Deployment||P Janila, Senior Scientist – Groundnut Breeding, ICRISAT|
|FP 4.1: Seed Systems||Zewdie Bishaw, Head, Seed Unit, ICARDA|
|FP 4.2: Post-harvest processing, markets and nutrition||Mercy Lunghoa, Nutritionist, CIAT|
|FP 5: Capacity Building and Partnerships|
|FP 6: Knowledge, Impacts, Priorities, and Gender organization||Enid Katungi, Agricultural Economist, CIAT|
|FP 7: Tools and Platforms for Genotyping and Bioinformatics||Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director – Grain Legumes and Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics (CEG), ICRISAT|
|FP 8: Management||Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Scientist – Gender Research|
|Product Line||Product Line Coordinator|
|PL 1: Drought and low-P tolerant common bean, cowpea and soybean||Dr Steve Beebe, Bean Program Leader, CIAT|
|PL 2: Heat tolerant chickpea, common bean, faba bean and lentil||Dr Michel Ghanem, Crop Physiologist, ICARDA|
|PL 3: Short-duration, drought tolerant & aflatoxin-free groundnut||Dr Patrick Okori, Principal Scientist – Groundnut Breeding, ICRISAT|
|PL 4: High nitrogen-fixing chickpea, common bean, faba bean, and soybean||Dr SK Chaturvedi, Head, Plant Breeding, IIPR|
|PL 5: Insect-smart chickpea, cowpea, and pigeonpea production systems||Dr Manuele Tamo, Insect Ecologist, IITA|
|PL 6: Extra-early maturing chickpea and lentil varieties||Dr Shiv Kumar Agrawal, Lentil Breeder, ICARDA|
|PL 7: Herbicide tolerant machine‐harvestable chickpea, faba bean and lentil varieties||Dr Pooran Gaur, Assistant Research Program Director (Grain Legumes), ICRISAT|
|PL 8: Pigeonpea hybrid and management practices|
|Resource Persons||Dr Dave Hoisington, Director – Peanut Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut and Mycotoxins|
|Resource Persons||Dr Irvin Widders, Director – Legumes Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes|
|Mr Satish Nagaraji (N.Satish@cgiar.org)||Communication Manager|
|Ms D Nagalakshmi (D.Nagalakshmi@cgiar.org)||Administrative Officer|