Gebisa Ejeta

Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University


Gebisa Ejeta is a Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture, and serves as Executive Director of the Center for Global Food Security at Purdue University.

Professor Gebisa Ejeta graduated from Purdue University earning a Masters and a PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics. He has had multiple extramural assignments serving at the highest level of science and policy advisory for several international development and U.S. government agencies. He was appointed by President Obama as Science Envoy for Africa in 2010, and as a member of the U.S. Government Board for International Food and Agricultural Development in 2011. In 2013, he was appointed by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, to the first UN Scientific Advisory Board.

Professor Ejeta currently serves on the boards of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the International Water Management Institute, the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Chicago Council for Global Affairs’ Global Food and Agriculture Program, and as an ex-officio member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize.

He is a 2009 World Food Prize Laureate and recipient of a national medal of honor from the President of Ethiopia. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

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