Gebisa Ejeta is Distinguished Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, with specialty in Plant Breeding and Genetics and International Agriculture. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. His research is focused on the genetic improvement of sorghum for resistance to pests, diseases, and environmental stress with enhanced productivity and nutritional quality.
He has contributed to the welfare of people in developing countries through his research as well as through his human and institutional capacity development efforts. He has served the United States Government and other agencies in advisory capacity. He was designated US Science Envoy for Africa, Special Advisor to the Administrator of USAID, before being appointed by President Obama to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) in 2011. Previously, Dr. Ejeta has consulted with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the USAID, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the CGIAR, as well as a number of national and regional organizations in Africa.
Currently, he is serving on the Advisory Board of the Sasakawa Africa Association, the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, the Consortium Board of the CGIAR, and the Board for Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) of the US National Academy of Sciences. He further is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of Crop Science Society of America, and the 2009 World Food Prize Laureate.