MAIZE Independent Steering Committee (ISC)


Mary Ann Sayoc

Mary Ann Sayoc is the General Manager of the East-West Seed Company in the Philippines and sits on the Executive Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT). She has previously served as President of the Asia & Pacific Seed Association and as the Director of the Philippines Department of Agriculture Agricultural Training Institute.

 MKropff_thumb Martin Kropff

Martin Kropff was appointed Director General of CIMMYT in 2015. He previously served as Rector Magnificus and Vice Chairman of the executive board at Wageningen University, where he held several positions starting in 1995. From 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the CGIAR board of directors, and previously worked as a systems agronomist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) from 1990 to 1995.

M_Banziger Marianne Bänziger

Marianne Bänziger has been the Deputy Director General for Research and Partnership at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, Mexico) since 2009 and led the development of CRPs MAIZE and WHEAT. She entered CIMMYT in 1994 working in maize physiology for varieties tolerant to drought and low soil fertility, based in Zimbabwe before moving to Nairobi as Maize Program Director. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and contributed significantly to the development of drought-tolerant maize varieties in Africa.

Nteranya Sanginga Nteranya Sanginga

Nteranya Sanginga is the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). He was previously the Director of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (CIAT-TBSF) based in Nigeria. He specializes in applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition and integrated natural resource management He has trained over 30 PhD candidates at the National University of Congo and the University of Zimbabwe.

B_Prasanna B.M. Prasanna

B.M. Prasanna is Director of MAIZE CRP and the CIMMYT Global Maize Program. He was faculty member of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), served as team leader for India under the CIMMYT-led Asian Maize Biotechnology Network (AMBIONET) during 1998-2005 and was an Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) National Fellow during 2005-2010. At CIMMYT, he has led several Network Projects on molecular breeding, gene pyramiding, quality protein maize (QPM), biofortification, functional genomics, and allele mining. Prasanna’s research findings are published in over 82 refereed international journal articles.

Marco Ferroni

Marco Ferroni is the Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He previously worked at the Inter-American Development Bank as the Principal Evaluation Officer and Deputy Manager of the Sustainable Development Department. He has also worked as a senior advisor to World Bank in Washington DC.

Pastor Tunji Adenola Pastor Tunji Adenola

Pastor Tunji Adenola is the current National President of the Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN). He cultivates maize and coordinates activities relating to the maize value chain in the country. In 2007, he retired as Director National Strategic Food Reserve at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Nigeria.

 luisfflores Luis Flores Lui

Luis Flores Lui has served as Director General of the Mexican Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research Institute (INIFAP) since 2014. He has previously worked as aprofessor for Ministry of Public Education, as manager of the Guanjuato Produce foundation and within INIFAP as director for Basic Products, leader of the National Network for Water-Soil-Atmospheric studies and director of planning for the Regional Investigation Center.

Felister Makini Felister W. Makini

Felister Makini currently serves as Acting Deputy Director General for Crops at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization. Prior to this, she worked as the Deputy Director in charge of the Department of Outreach and Partnerships, a new department in the former Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). She was responsible for promoting the dissemination and adoption of KARI technologies, products and services, along with the establishment and strengthening of strategic partnerships along the research development to utilization continuum as well as along the agricultural product value chains (APVC).

Dave Watson Dave Watson

Dave Watson is the Program Manager of MAIZE CRP. Over the past 10 years, he has managed research-for-development partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa; first as program leader for innovative partnerships in the Innovation Systems Programme of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and more recently as Director for Project Development and Management at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).