Sorghum in the 21st Century Congress
9 - 12 April 2018, Cape Town - South Africa
Speaker Profiles
Mark Cooper
CEO of Zenrun42 Inc. - USA

Mark Cooper has worked across the public and private sectors in agricultural research for a period of 30+ years, leading teams responsible for genetic improvement of the cereal crops maize, wheat, rice and sorghum. These team efforts have been global and were focused on diverse environments where variable water supply and periods of severe water limitations are major considerations. His research spans understanding the genetic architecture of abiotic stress tolerance with an emphasis on drought tolerance, application of molecular breeding using native and transgenic diversity and precision phenotyping technologies to develop products with improved yield, stress tolerance and agronomics. While at DuPont Pioneer he led the team responsible for developing the Optimum AQUAmax® line of drought tolerant maize hybrids.
Gebisa Ejeta
World Food Prize Winner - Sorghum Breeder, Purdue University - USA

2009 World Food Prize Laureat

Gebisa Ejeta was born and raised in a small rural community in west-central Ethiopia. He completed his early education in his native country including a BS in Plant Sciences from Alemaya College in 1973. He attended graduate school at Purdue University earning his Masters (1976) and PhD (1978) in Plant Breeding and Genetics. In March 1979, Gebisa joined the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and conducted seminal sorghum research in Sudan for five years. In January 1984, Dr. Ejeta returned to Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy. Since then, he has led a comprehensive educational and research program at Purdue with emphasis on African agricultural research and development. He currently holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University.
David Jordan
Sorghum Breeding and Genomics, University of Queensland - AUSTRALIA

Professor David Jordan is a sorghum breeder and geneticist with more than 25 years' experience working in both the public and private sector. For the last decade, he has led the public sorghum breeding program in Australia which is long-running and successful research effort with a reputation for integrating across disciplines and linking research efforts from the strategic to the applied. Breeding lines from this program are widely used commercially in Australia and internationally and have contributed to the high rates of productivity gain achieved by Australian sorghum producers. In recent years David has led projects in Ethiopia aimed at improving the efficiency of crop breeding programs.
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