Dr. Ousmane SyProgram Officer
He has served the Agriculture sector for over 20 years. After obtaining his Engineering Degree in Agronomy in Senegal back in 1997, he got involved in the Seed sector with Sonagraines, working on the Groundnut Seed Value Chain before joining Tropicasem as a Junior Plant Breeder. In 2001, he accepted a Research Assistanship position in the Agronomy department at New Mexico State University, where he earned his PhD in Plant Breeding in 2006.
From 2006 to 2019, he served as a Senior Plant Breeder for Vilmorin Seed Company in the United States. His work focused primarily on breeding horticultural crops, targeting high yielding and diseased-resistant varieties for countries in America such as Mexico, Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, etc.