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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

International Advisory Board

The Horticulture Innovation Lab's International Advisory Board (IAB) is the program's senior advisory council.

The IAB appoints the technical review panels for Horticulture Innovation Lab projects and reviews the panelists’ recommendations to ensure that Horticulture Innovation Lab priorities are met and integrated for maximum effectiveness. The IAB helps set priorities, allocate the budget, and ensure that objectives of USAID, the Global Horticulture Assessment and the Horticulture Innovation Lab are met.

Additional ex-officio members of the IAB include Beth Mitcham of UC Davis and John Bowman of USAID.

Members of the International Advisory Board

portrait: Detleft Virchow

Chair: Detlef Virchow, Ph.D.
Detlef Virchow is head of programming at Plan International Germany in Hamburg. He previously served as the executive secretary of the Global Horticulture Initiative (GlobalHort). Read more...

portrait: Guillermo Alvarado-Downing

Guillermo Alvarado-Downing
Guillermo Alvarado-Downing served as the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras during the post-Hurricane Mitch recovery period (1999-2002). He is currently the owner of a small fruit and vegetables farm in Comayagua, Honduras, and also the Central American Advisor for Market Development Initiatives for GOAL Global. Read more...

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Jan Hopmans, Ph.D. (ex-oficio)
Jan Hopmans is an associate dean for the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who leads the college's International Programs Office. Read more...

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Poonpipope Kasemsap, Ph.D.
Poonpipope Kasemsap is the acting Vice President for the Kamphaeng Saen campus at Kasetsart University in Thailand. He is also the director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University. Read more...

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Eric Kueneman, Ph.D
Eric Kueneman is a global agriculture consultant, after retiring from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the Deputy Division Director of the Crop Production and Protection Division. Read more...

Josette Lewis portrait

Josette Lewis, Ph.D.
Josette Lewis is associate director of the UC Davis World Food Center. She previously served as the Director of Agricultural Development at Arcadia Biosciences in Davis, California. Read more...

portrait Julio Lopez Montes

Julio López Montes
Julio López is a plant protection specialist and professor at the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, where he is also the director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano. Read more...

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Bob Nanes
Bob Nanes is the executive director of the D-Lab program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more...

portrait Robert Paull

Robert Paull, Ph.D.
Robert Paull is a professor of plant biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a partner institution of the Horticulture Innovation Lab. Read more...


Idah Sithole-Niang, Ph.D.
Idah Sithole-Niang is a professor in the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Biochemistry and a board member with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. Read more...

portrait: Emil Van Wyk

Emil Van Wyk
Emil Van Wyk is the country director for AgriSmart Africa in Zambia. He will also be the director of a future Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center, currently being developed with partners in Zambia. Read more...

portrait: George Wilson

L. George Wilson, Ph.D.
George Wilson is a professor of horticultural science at North Carolina State University, one of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's partner institutions. Read more...

portrait: Marco Wopereis

Marco Wopereis, Ph.D.
Marco Wopereis is director general of the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and is based in Taiwan. Read more...

Past board members include: