Speakers Bio & Abstract

Dr Anthony Whitbread Research Program Director - Innovation Systems for the Drylands

BiographyAnthony Whitbread is the Research Program Director for Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad/India. With a PhD from the University of New England in Soil Science and Agronomy, Dr Whitbread leads a team of 30+ scientists across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in an innovation systems mode devising strategies to manage climatic risk, soil fertility and identifying market led development opportunities. This role was preceded by a 20 year research career in the crop-livestock systems of semi-arid Australia, SE Asia and Southern Africa. His team based work has received recognition with the 2006 CSIRO Learning Culture Award and the 2013 CSIRO team medal for Impact from Science. In 2011, he became full Professor (W3) of Crop Production Systems in the Tropics at the Georg-August-Universitt in Gttingen, Germany combining his passions of teaching and applied research. Anthonys expertise covers agronomy and soil science, farm systems analysis, crop modelling, climate risk management, spatial analysis and he has published widely with more than 55 journal articles, a H-index of 22 and citations exceeding 2600.