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Velu Govindan

Senior Scientist, Wheat Breeder

Currently working as a wheat breeder, Velu Govindan has more than 14 years of experience in international agriculture and crop improvement. He is developing varieties that feature enhanced levels of grain iron and zinc for improved human nutrition, along with essential core-traits such as higher yield potential, disease resistance, stress tolerance and better processing quality suitable for South Asia. More than eight biofortified wheat varieties with a higher zinc concentration have been released in Bangladesh, India, Mexico and Pakistan.

Govindan previously worked as a pearl millet breeder at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, and conducted post-doctoral research at ICRISAT Zimbabwe.