Khusi Ram Tiwari, PhD
Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari grew up in a farm in Jita-3, Lamjung, (currently Madhya Nepal Municipality-1) Nepal. He received his high school education from Shanti High School, Kunchha, Lamjung and undergraduate education from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) Rampur, Chitawan. He joined Department of Agriculture- Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC) as an agronomist and worked for 10 years as an Agriculture Officer in Gorkha, Parsa (Birjung), and Chitawan districts. In Chitawan, he was focused on pulse crops breeding programs with National Grain Legume Research Program (NGLRP), Rampur during 1987-1991. In 1992, he was successful to win International Development Research Centre (IDRC) scholarship to study in Canada and completed M.Sc in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1998 from University of Manitoba, Canada in Genetics and Plant Breeding. Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari is a senior Plant Breeder focused on Genetics and Plant Breeding Research for the last 20 years in the USA. He collaborates with scientists globally from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America to develop new crop varieties which are high yielding and disease resistant. He worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. (now Corteva Agriscience) as a Research Scientist during 1999-2010 and developed several high yielding corn hybrids for the Southern USA. Currently, he is working as a Principal Plant Breeder for Bayer Crop Science and leads team on developing new crop varieties for the Southern USA. He is also an adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University, Mississippi and Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Nepal. Dr. Tiwari has published several research articles in peer reviewed journals and books. He has been granted more than 50 US patents from the US patent office in crop plants. Dr. Tiwari is a member of Crop Science Society (CSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) and a life member of Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA). Dr. Tiwari enjoys working with Nepalese community in the US including Florida Nepal Association (FNA), Nepalese Association of Southeast America (NASeA) and Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) USA teams. He worked as president of Florida Nepal Association (FNA) during 2004-2006.
Dilip Panthee, PhD
Dr. Panthee is an Associate Professor and Tomato Breeder in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. He joined the Department in 2008 and is leading the tomato breeding program since then. Dr. Panthee earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2005, and MPhil from the University of Birmingham and Reading in 1997. He graduated from IAAS, Rampur in 1990. Before coming to the US in 2001, he was a Lecturer in IAAS, Rampur. He also worked as a Seed Technologist/Plant Breeder at Lumle Agriculture Research Center for almost eight years. His breeding objectives in the current position include developing fresh-market tomatoes for disease resistance, fruit quality, and heat stress tolerance. Dr. Panthee has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, several abstracts, and research reports. He has also released ten hybrid tomato varieties and 14 tomato breeding lines.
Maha Prasad Gelal
Mr. Maha Prasad Gelal completed his undergraduate education in agriculture in 1988 from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science at Tribhuwan University, Nepal. In the same year, he joined the Ministry of Agriculture Development (MOAD), Nepal as a Livestock Development Officer (LDO). As a LDO at MOAD, he served in different Districts Livestock Services Offices planning and implementing district livestock development programs targeting grassroots farmers and mobilizing and supervising livestock technicians. He also worked in Regional Directorate of Livestock Services as well as Department of Livestock Services as a planning and monitoring officer. Throughout his services in Nepal, he contributed to strengthen the linkages between research, extension, education, and farmers, and empower smallholder farmers. Residing currently in the United States, he is a freelancer.