Filippo Bassi is senior scientist leading ICARDA's durum wheat breeding program, which aims to deliver superior varieties with increased yields under changing climate. He works in the rural areas of Ethiopia, India, Senegal, Mauritania, Lebanon, Algeria, and Tunisia to improve the local plant scientists’ capacity.
He was the recipient of the 2017 OLAM Prize for Innovation in Food Security for the release heat-tolerant durum wheat varieties for the Senegal River. He won the Beachell-Borlaug Scholarship. He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Expert Working Group in Durum Wheat of the Wheat Initiative.
He holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from North Dakota State University in the U.S.