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Judith A. Chambers

PBS Director

PBS Director, Judith A. Chambers, has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied animal models for retrovirus gene action. She now leads the Program for Biosafety Systems in supporting partner countries in Africa and Asia in the responsible development and use of biotechnology. The Program brings an integrated approach to the application of biotechnology

that helps countries make informed decisions about biosafety. She has more than two decades of experience. She completed her post doctoral study at Ecogen, Inc., where she focused on the molecular analysis of Bt genes for plant pesticide applications and the molecular characterization of CryIF Bt toxin gene and protein (1987-1989). She has served as a Senior Advisor, Biotechnology and Government Relations at USAID, and has had various private sector positions (1990- 2009). She has had responsibility for public-private sector programs in biotechnology, diplomacy, government and public affairs, and business development. Through these experiences, she has developed strengths in project management, strategic analysis, issues management, problem solving, and corporate social responsibility. She co-developed the first USAID public-private sector program on agricultural biotechnology, which focused on smallholder farmers in developing countries; the management of biotechnology and biosafety issues for various public and private sector organizations; and the development of programs that focus on an integrated approach to biotechnology. She enjoys working in partnership with country experts while they effectively manage all aspects of biotechnology and related capacity building approaches that are key to equipping developing countries with options to deal with the pressing challenges that they face daily. “No single technology or approach can solve food security, natural resource preservation, or human development challenges; and biotechnology is a viable option that developing countries are exploring.”

Email: ifpri-pbs@cgiar.org