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Alberto A. Chassaigne

Senior Scientist, Maize Germplasm Bank Curator and Seed Systems Specialist

Alberto Chassaigne has 27 years of experience working in maize seed systems, maize breeding, agronomy and farmer outreach. Since February 2022, he is the Maize Germplasm Bank Curator focusing on the conservation, access to and benefit sharing of the enhanced use of germplasm. As a Maize Seed Systems Specialist, he works focusing primarily on promoting commercial seed production and enhanced adoption of maize hybrids and OPV, developing seed production research, capacity building and scaling production from Breeder Seed to Certified Seed. Since 2013 he has served 73 seed companies and registered 95 CIMMYT varieties in Mexico, and advised the public and private sector in Haiti, Colombia and Peru.Chassaigne holds a PhD in Seed Production from Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico, a PhD in Agricultural Science and an MSc. in Agronomy from the Central University of Venezuela, and an additional degree in Agricultural Engineer.