ISTRC past Councillors
|1||1967 - 1973||M L Magoon||
Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Kerala, India
|2||1973 - 1979||Dr D G Coursey||
Tropical Products Institute, London, UK
|3||1979 - 1983||D L Plucknett||
University of Hawaii
|4||1983 - 1985||S Sadik||
International Potato Center, P.O Box 2416, Cairo, Egypt
|5||1985 -1991||K Caeser||
Technical University of Berlin, Germany
|6||1991 - 1997||S K Hahn||
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria
|7||1997 - 2003||Dr N H Poulter||
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK
|8||2003 - 2012||Prof A Westby||
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK
Past Vice Presidents
|1||Dr M Akoroda||University Ibadan, Nigeria|
|1||1984||Dr L Wickham|
|2||1984 - 2012||Prof Conrad Bonsi||Tuskegee University, USA|
Past Councillors for Publications
|1||2000 - 2003||Prof Andrew Westby||Natural Resources Institute, UK|
|2||2003 - 2012||Prof Keith Tomlins||Natural Resources Institute, UK|
Past Councillors for Africa
|1||1991 - 2003||Dr J Otoo||CRI, Ghana|
Past Councillors for West Africa
|1||2003 - 2012||Prof M Akoroda||University Ibadan|
Past Councillors for East and Southern Africa
|1||2009 -2013||Dr Gorrettie Ssemakula||NaCRRI, Uganda|
Past Councillors for East Asia
|1||2003||Dr K Komaki||Council for Science and Technology Policy, Japan|
|2||2003 - 2009||Dr Reinhardt Howler||CIAT, Thailand|
Past Councillors for South and South-East Asia
|1||2006||Dr S Edison||CTCRI, India|
|2||2006 - 2012||Dr Naskar||CTCRI, India|
Past Councillors North America/Europe
|1||Dr N Alvarez|
Past Councillors South America
|1||Dr M Cereda|
|2||2000 - 2009||Dr William Roca||CIP, Peru|
|3||2009 - 2012||Dr. Juan Carlos Pérez||CIP, Peru|
Past Councillors the Caribbean
|1||Dr L Wickham|
ISTRC Council Meeting (ISTRC 2000, Tsukuba, Japan): (left to right sitting) Chandra, Poulter, Wickham, Otoo. (standing) Westby, Edison, Komaki, Akoroda. (Alvarez and Cereda not pictured)
President 1997 - 2003
Dr Nigel Poulter
c/o 65 The Quarries
Kent ME17 4NJ
Dr Poulter was a Programme Leader for the Crop Post Harvest Research Programme supported by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) until 1998 and was based with NR International at Chatham Maritime in Kent, UK. This Programme supported numerous tropical root crops research projects around the world and forged global links with national and international root crops programmes. Dr Poulter is now a freelance food consultant whilst remaining an enthusiastic devotee of tropical root crops as a means to the alleviation of poverty and improved household and community food security.
Dr Poulter was elected as President of the ISTRC in 2000 having previously filled the roles of Councillor Publications and Vice-President (Fund Raising) since 1995.
Regional Councillor Africa 1991 - 2003
Dr John Otoo
Crops Research Institute
PO Box 3785
Dr Otoo is currently Director of the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Ghana, West Africa. Before appointment as Director, he was the National Coordinator of the National Root and Tuber Research Programme. Dr Otoo has nine years of previous experience working with IITA's Root and Tuber Improvement Programme. Dr Otoo has conducted research on cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam as well as other crops such as maize, cotton, soyabean and tobacco.
Dr Otoo has served ISTRC as the Councillor for the Africa Region since 1991. He has also acted as the secretary of the ISTRC-Africa Branch from 1986 to 1992.
Regional Councillor East Asia 2000 - 2003
Dr Katsumi Komaki
Director of Research Assessment
Council for Science and Technology Policy
Minato Ward, Tokyo 105-0003
Dr Komaki is currently Director of Research Assessment at the Council for Science and Technology Policy in Japan. His previous positions have included Senior Research Coordinator at the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council in Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Head, Sweet potato Breeding Lab. National Agriculture Research Center, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the University of Florida. He has extensive experience and published widely on the subject of sweet potato breeding.
Secretary/Treasurer 1984 - 2012
Associate Director of the George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station
Plant Disease Management, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Integrated Pest Management, International Agriculture and Development, Small Farm Research, Space Agriculture, Agricultural Research Program Management and Administration.
Development of disease and pest resistant cultivars and applications of integrated pest management strategies for the management and control of diseases and pests of crop plants. Development of adaptable small farm production systems through on farm research. Development of crop production systems for space applications.
President 2003 - 2012
Professor Andrew Westby
Natural Resources Institute
University of Greenwich
Professor Andrew Westby has been President of the ISTRC since 2003. He is a Professor of Food Technology and Director the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. A post-harvest technologist with 19 years post-doctoral experience working mainly, though not exclusively, with root and tuber crops on a wide range of issues concerned with handling, processing, marketing, food quality and food safety. Field experience in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Professor Westby was Councillor for Publications from 2000-2003.
Councillor for West Africa 2003 - 2012
Professor Malachy O. Akoroda
Department of Agronomy
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Tel: +33 4.67615962
A 'student' of tropical root and tuber crops. ISTRC Councillor for West Africa. A breeder and seed producer by training and has been involved in various development of systems analysis, priority setting, and business concerns for commercialisation of root and tuber crops across countries of SSA in last 30 years. In practice, he is interested in holistic discourse of profitable and viable rural development programs based on seed systems that engender stable and sustainable livelihoods arising from cost-efficient crop production chains. He teaches agrometeorology, plant breeding, seed production, agricultural statistics and experimentation and root and tuber crops agronomy.
Councillor for East and Southern Africa 2009 -2012
Dr Gorrettie Ssemakula
Head Sweet potato Program
National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)
P.O. Box 7084, Kampala
Tel: +256 414 573016
Fax: +256 414 286 947
Skype: Gorrettie Ssemakula
Dr Gorrettie Ssemakula is Councillor for East and Southern Africa. She has more than ten years experience in cassava improvement: conducted research on cassava breeding for the Uganda National Program, the East African Root Crops Research Network, and the International Institute of Tropical agriculture. Through the East African Root Crops Research Network, she backstopped National cassava–breeding programs of East Africa in hands on training leading to harmonized and effective cassava breeding methodologies in the region. She has also supervised and mentored post-graduate students and Industrial trainees who have graduated with excellent grades. Currently she heads the Uganda National sweet potato research team.
Vice President Fund Raising 2012-2016
Dr Maria Isabel Andrade
Sweet potato Breeder & Seed Systems Specialist
IIAM Av. FPLM 2698. PO.Box 2100
Tel/Fax. +258 21 461 610, Cell. +258 823065460
Maria Andrade has over 28 years of working experience in Africa with root crops. She initiated the root and tuber crops program in Cape Verde Islands in 1984. She did her BSc (Agronomy). Master (Plant Genetics) & PhD (plant breeding with minor in Plant Physiology) in the University of Arizona & North Carolina State University. Before joining FAO in 1994, she was leader of the Cape Verdean root and tuber program at the National Research institute. From 1996-2001 she worked as IITA’s Regional agronomist for the Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network (SARRNET), providing overall technical support on plant breeding and agronomy, within the context of improving the productivity of cassava and sweet potato in Southern Africa. From 2002-2006 she coordinated a 5 year project on Accelerated Multiplication and Distribution of cassava & sweet potato. Over 1 million farmers received improved planting material in two third of Mozambique. Since 2006, she has worked for CIP focused on breeding orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) for drought tolerance, designing promotional materials and backstopping seed systems work in Southern Africa. Other significant achievements by Maria Andrade include the strengthening of human and infrastructure capacity of NARES (National Agricultural Research and Extension Services) and private sector for sweet potato research and development, the empowerment of farmers in quality sweet potato production, the successful introduction, testing, and promotion of technologies. She works closely with other CGIAR scientists in the region to capitalize on potential synergies to be gained from joint planning and spearheads the Sweet potato Support Platform for Southern Africa under SASHA (Sweet potato Action for Health in Africa) project. She also serves as CIP’s country liaison scientist with the Government of Mozambique. Under the USAID-funded Platform for Agricultural Research and Innovation in Mozambique (PIAIT), she serves as the representative for all CGIAR centres working in the country (ILRI, IFPRI, IRRI, IWMI, IITA, ICRISAT and CIP).
Councillor for South and Southeast Asia 2006-2016
Dr. S.K. Chakrabarti
Central Tuber Crops Research Institute
(Indian Council of Agricultural Research)
Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram - 695017
Fax : (0091)471-2590063
Dr S K Chakrabari is the Director of the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. He is an expert is plant pathology, plant biotechnology and genomics. He has over 30 years experience in research throughout Asia, USA and Europe. He has over 140 research publications. Through networks in Asia and the USA he led initiatives in Agricultural Biotechnology Support Projects, Potato Genome Sequencing, and Indo-European Science Collaboration (NewIndigo).
Councillor for Publications 2012-2016
International Institute for Tropical Agriculture
Station Tel.: +234 2 7517472, (0)8039784000, (0)8055055954, (0)8034035281, (0)8034035282, (0)8034035283
Project Coordinator, Cassava Transformation Project