John Komen has more than 20 years of expertise working as an advisor on matters of biotechnology policy, biosafety regulation, and research program management. Since the launch of PBS in 2003, John has served as Assistant Director, coordinating the
planning and implementation of technical assistance activities with partner countries in Africa and Asia. John also acts as a policy advisor to a range of international and donor organizations supporting agricultural biotechnology and biosafety capacity development, including, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in the area of biotechnology and biosafety capacity development. In 2003, John co-developed the original program proposal that led to the USAID Cooperative Agreement to implement PBS. He has also contributed to the successful implementation of PBS, resulting in a Phase II award in 2008. He works with in-country program coordinators in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi; as well as participating in regional biosafety efforts. John is based in the Netherlands. John looks forward to working in the biosafety arena because effective biosafety systems pave the way to the development and release of environmentally sound, more productive, and more nutritious food crops around the world.