Dr. Zewdie Bishaw is a seed technologist and agronomist with over 35 years of experience in developing countries. He serves as Head of ICARDA’s Seed Unit, where his research focuses on seed system analysis along the value chain. His team conducts applied research on seed science to address constraints and explore alternative seed delivery systems for resource poor farmers in less favorable and remote areas. Prior to joining ICARDA, he worked as head of the Seed Processing Department at the Ethiopian Seed Corporation.
Dr. Bishaw’s expertise includes a broad knowledge of issues to support the sustainable development of national seed sectors in developing countries, and theoretical and practical expertise on a range of issues - from variety development to distribution. He has authored more than 111 scientific and technical publications. He completed his M.Sc. in seed technology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in seed technology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.