Executive Committee Chair and Members
CIMMYT INT is responsible for the overall management and oversight of BISA while an executive committee assists it in overseeing the activities of BISA.
Director General a.i., Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Director General for Research (Sustainable Production Systems and Integrated Programs), a.i., and Director of the Integrated Development Program
Bram Govaerts is Director General a.i., Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director General for Research (Sustainable Production Systems and Integrated Programs), a.i. He also serves as director of CIMMYT’s Integrated Development Program and regional representative for the Americas.
Govaerts is renowned for pioneering, implementing and inspiring transformational changes for farmers and consumers in meeting the sustainable development challenges. He brings together multi-disciplinary science and development teams to integrate sustainable, multi-stakeholder and sector strategies that generate innovation and change in agri-food systems. His initiatives, excellence in science for impact and the partnerships he inspired have resulted in improved nutrition, nature conservation, and national and international resilience and food security.
His work is geared toward transforming subsistence agriculture and failed farming systems into productive and sustainable production units, and has worked in countries like Ethiopia, India and Mexico. Together with a group of scientists, trainers, extension agents, collaborative farmers and communications and technology specialists, Govaerts developed a vision inspired by Norman Borlaug’s motto “Take it to the Farmer”: combining the right seed with the right conservation agriculture production practice embedded in an integrated market while recognizing and integrating farmer knowledge.
Govaerts holds a PhD in Bioscience Engineering – Soil Science, a master’s degree in Soil Conservation and Tropical Agriculture, and a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience Engineering, all from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
In 2003, Govaerts received the Development Cooperation Prize from the Belgian Federal Government. In 2014 he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application — endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and awarded by the World Food Prize — for the development of sustainable agricultural systems. In 2018 he received the Premio Tecnoagro, awarded by an organization of 2,500 Mexican farmers. He is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. In 2020, Govaerts was elected as Fellow by The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) for his outstanding contributions to the field of agronomy.
Secretary DARE and Director General, ICAR and BISA Executive Committee
Trilochan Mohapatra joined as Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research on February 22, 2016. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of the prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and National Rice Research Institute (Formerly CRRI), Cuttack, Odisha. Dr Mohapatra has been a researcher & teacher for about 20 years at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, India. He has been working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics.
Mohapatra has over 145 research papers in national and international journals of repute. His research accomplishments include development of the first high yielding Basmati rice variety resistant to bacterial leaf blight through molecular marker assisted selection, and physical mapping and genome sequencing of rice and tomato. His contribution to science is reflected from high h-index and i10 index. He has the distinction of receiving several honours and awards in recognition of his research contributions including the INSA Young Scientist Award, Prof. LSS Kumar Memorial Award, NAAS-Tata Award, IARI BP Pal Award, DBT Bio-science Award and NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, National Academy of Sciences-India, Allahabad and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.
Arun Kumar Joshi
CIMMYT Asia Regional Representative and Managing Director - Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA)
A native of India, Dr. Joshi obtained his MS and PhD from Banaras Hindu University. A former Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at Banaras Hindu University, at present is the CIMMYT Asia Regional Representative and Managing Director, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA). He has research and teaching experience of more than 35 years. Dr. Joshi is a fellow of the three most prestigious science academies in India – Indian National Science Academy (INSA), National Academy of Science in India (NASI) and National Academy of Agriculture Sciences (NAAS). In 2014, he was awarded Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT Mentor Award from Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, Cornell, USA.
Dr. Joshi has facilitated to development and release of more than four dozen wheat varieties in India and South Asia and has handled largescale seed scaling up programs in various countries. He has made significant contribution on breeding wheat for climate resilience, disease resistance, conservation agriculture and Zinc rich biofortification. At present he is engaged in various collaborations on climate resilient agriculture and integrated food system. In addition, he has educated thousands of stakeholders and farmers. His research findings are published in 165 refereed journal articles; 9 Books/book chapters; 127 symposia proceedings and has one patent.
Anjani Kumar Singh
Chief Secretary of Bihar
Anjani Kumar Singh is a 1980 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer. He holds a post graduate degree in Geography and MBA from Australia and has served the Government of Bihar in various positions such as Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Deputy Development Commissioner, Rural Development; District Magistrate, Land Revenue Management & District; Additional Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Additional Secretary, Finance; Development Commissioner, Land Revenue Management and District; Director, Ministry of Human Resource Development; Director, Social Justice & Empowerment; Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs Department; Commissioner, Muzaffarpur; Secretary, Youth, Art & Culture Department; Principal Secretary, Human Resource Development; Principal Secretary, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Department; Principal Secretary, Agriculture Development and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.
Chhabilendra Roul is an IAS officer of 1985 batch belonging to the Punjab cadre. Chabilendra is an alumnus of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Odisha; Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University; School of Public Policy, Birmingham University. He is a postgraduate in Economics and holds an MBA degree from the University of Birmingham.
During the span of more than 30 years he has served both in the State and the Central Governments. He started his career as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Govt. of Punjab. Since then he has held several positions including Principal Secretary, Departments of School Education; Local Government; Governance Reforms; and Director General, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab at Chandigarh.
In the Central Government Roul has held the portfolios of Director/ Joint Secretary in the Ministries of Textiles and Power. Presently he is posted as Additional Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education and Secretary, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi.
Roul has authored two books; one relates to Agricultural Marketing & Development, and the other to International Jute Commodity System. For his outstanding work in Governance Reforms the Department of Governance Reforms, Punjab was awarded Prime Minister’s Excellence Award in Public Administration for the year 2012-13.
Baldev Singh Dhillon
Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University
Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) since July 2011, is an internationally known scientist in the field of plant breeding, genetics and plant genetic resources. He joined PAU in 1974 as Assistant Maize Breeder and rose to the position of Director (Seeds) in 1995, and served as Director of Research during 2005-07. He also had a short stint at Guru Nanak Dev University (2007) as its Director of Research. He served the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (1998-2000) as Assistant Director General and Director of National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (2000-05). He spent, all together, about 9 years at the University of Hohenheim, Germany as Research Fellow (1976-78, 1988-90) and as Scientist (2007-11). He also worked for CIMMYT, Mexico (1993-94) as Associate Scientist.
Dhillon obtained his PhD from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; M.Sc. from PAU and B.Sc. from Khalsa College, Amritsar.
He has over 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and books. In maize breeding programs at PAU, he contributed to the development of 16 hybrid and composite varieties including first single cross, hybrid Paras released in India, 14 inbred lines and 3 pairs of heterotic pools of maize.
Gyanendra Pratap Singh
Director, Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research
Dr Gyanendra Pratap Singh took over as Director, Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal in August 4, 2016. Prior to joining as Director of IIWBR, Dr. Singh worked as Principal Scientist in prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and is leading wheat breeder in the country. His main research area is Wheat improvement for abiotic stress, physiological phenotyping, MARS & MAB. He has developed 27 varieties of wheat and one variety of potato. Varieties like HD 2967 and HD 3086 occupy large area in the country. He is one of the first research scientist to implement International Wheat information system (IWIS) and Breeding Management Series (BMS), a database for incorporating a set of module, which is being used with accumulated data/breeders data with respect to molecular, phenotypic and pedigree information, thereby improving the efficiency of the crossing programme, selection evaluation and cultivar development.
Dr Singh is recipient of Dr. Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Dr. BP Pal and, Dr. V S Mathur Memorial Awards. He is a fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India; and is presently Vice-President of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Society of Advancement of Wheat Research.