Meet the team

The Enterprise Breeding System is developed by a distributed team combining over 70 staff from institutions involved in leading and adopting the software.
Current and future users of the software are actively involved in its development, and have key staff assigned to lead adoption efforts and ensure that the needs of breeders are met by a coordinated team of developers spread across multiple institutions.
The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform is also involved in an advisory capacity.

Steering team

Representatives from breeding programs and key stakeholders.

Program board

Responsible for the design and administration of EBS


A multi-institution team of software developers and breeding specialists works together to deliver EBS.

Steering team

The steering team represents breeding programs and key stakeholders. It provides strategic direction and governance, removes roadblocks, and tracks the overall progress and direction of software development and adoption efforts.

Eduardo Covarrubias

Optimizing breeding schemes lead

Eng Hwa Ng

Genotyping / sequencing lead

Gustavo Teixeira

Breeding operations & phenotyping lead

Hans Bhardwaj

Deputy Director for Research

John Derera

Head of Breeding

Kevin Pixley

Deputy Director General for Research (Breeding and Genetics), Director of the Genetic Resources Program

Khuloud Odeh

Global Director of Digital Services

Sarah Hearne

Biometrics, marker use and breeding scheme optimization

Young Wha Lee

Bioinformatics, biometrics & data management lead

Program board

The Program Board designs and delivers EBS capabilities, and provides program assurance and administration.

Andre Moretto Embersics

EBS Program Manager

Argem Flores

Breeding analytics lead specialist

Baboucarr Manneh

Business change manager

Damien Platten

Business Change Manager

Diego Castañón

IT project manager

Ernesto Briones

Core system and service management IT team lead

Ibnou Dieng

Business Change Manager

Jack Lagare

Internal Services Team Lead

Jahzeel Ramos

IT lead

James Clevenger

IT engineering lead

Kate Dreher

Implementation coordinator

Khaled Al-Sham’aa

Data manager

Marko Karkkainen

Product lead

May Sallan

Documentation coordinator

Ruth Carpio

IT project manager

Sankalp Bhosale

Business Change Manager

Silvestro Meseka

Business change manager

Simon Imoro

Implementation coordinator

Thanda Dhliwayo

Global maize program representative, Business change manager

Wende Mengesha

Business Change Manager

Wuletaw Tadesse

Business change manager


The following people have contributed to the development of EBS.

Special mention: Tom Hagen

The original project manager of EBS, Tom Hagen, was responsible for setting the vision and scope of EBS, laying the foundation of the data architecture, and bringing together the community required to make the project a reality.

Abduljelil Olalekan

Alain Gulles

Albert Crisostomo

Alex Cañeda

Angel Manica Villanueva Raquel

Argem Flores

Cesar Petroli

Danny Feng

Diego Castañón

Dinia Grace Gepte

Doris Pagtananan

Elizabeth Jones

Erica Banasihan

Erika Cisneros

Ernesto Briones

Eugenia Tenorio

Evan Kelly-Johnston

Fernando Toledo

Franjel Consolacion

Gene Romuga

Gerardo Copado

Jack Lagare

Jahzeel Ramos

James Clevenger

Jaymar Bantay

Jorge Alberto Rojas

Jose Francisco Vergara

Jose Miguel Castillo

Joshua Lamos-Sweeney

Juan Suarez Sosa

Karen Delarosa

Kate Dreher

Kenichii Ana

Kevin Palis

Krizzel Llantada

Larise Gallardo

Lois Go

Luis Alberto Puebla

Luis Ricardo León Treviño

Ma. Concepcion Lotho

Maria Relliza Pasang

Marko Karkkainen

May Sallan

Mijail Javier

Newman Edmundo Montes

Nikki Carumba

Oliver Xi

Pedro Medeiros Barbosa

Philip Sinohin

Randel Bautista

Renee Lat

Reuben Durham

Ricardo Benitez

Rick Spence

Rose Morantte

Rosemary Shrestha

Roy Petrie

Ruth Carpio

Salvador Ortega

Simon Imoro

Star Yanxin Gao

Taylor Poltich

Viana Calaminos

Victor Ulat

Vishnu Govindaraj

Yaw Nti-Addae

Young Wha Lee