International Advisory Board Member

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 and Erin McGuire of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's management entity.

Horticulture Person

L. George Wilson

George Wilson has been a professor of horticultural science at North Carolina State University since 1975. His research, teaching and extension focuses on postharvest physiology and technology.

Detlef Virchow

  • International Advisory Board member

Detlef Virchow is head of programming at Plan International Germany in Hamburg.

Josette Lewis

  • International Advisory Board member

Josette Lewis is associate vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund, where she focuses on ecosystems and sustainable agriculture.

Eric Kueneman

  • International Advisory Board member

Eric Kueneman is a global agriculture consultant with experience in more than 60 countries worldwide as the director of Kueneman Consultancy.

Cecilia Chi-Ham

  • International Advisory Board member

Cecilia Chi-Ham manages the global strategy process for the R&D portfolio at HM.CLAUSE, a vegetable seed company and business unit of Limagrain Group.

John Bowman

  • USAID Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR)

John Bowman is a senior agriculture advisor for the USAID Bureau for Food Security and as such serves as the AOR for the Horticulture Innovation Lab.