Gary Atlin

Gary Atlin Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA

Dr. Gary Atlin is research manager, agricultural development specialist, and plant breeder with 30 years of experience in cultivar development, genetic analysis, and the management and optimization of breeding programs in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Currently Senior Program Officer within the Agricultural Research and Development team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
As a Senior Program Officer he is working on developing and managing grants on crop improvement and agricultural productivity within the Agricultural R&D Initiative of the Global Development Program. His specialties: Rice, maize, and wheat cultivar development, breeding for abiotic stress tolerance, quantitative genetics and applications of genomic selection, optimization of cultivar and trait development pipelines, agricultural development in Canada, South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. A leader in the field of management of genotype x environment interaction and the detection and deployment of genes for drought tolerance in plant breeding programs. Extensive experience in management of plant breeding programs, and in planning and coordinating agricultural research projects in developing countries. Guiding the development of accountability and breeding and genomic information management systems for public plant breeding programs in Africa and South Asia.

Plenary Talk

  • 23 November 2016
  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm