Luis Augusto Becerra


Luis Augusto Becerra is the leader of Flagship Project 1 on ‘Enhanced genetic resources’, and a Principal Research Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in charge of leading the Cassava Program. Since 2009, he has been the leader of the Cassava Molecular and Quantitative Genetics Laboratory at CIAT. In this role, and in 7 years, he assembled and managed a professional research team of up to 30 researchers. In 2012, his achievements earned him the distinctive designation of Global Leader for Development of Varieties for the CGIAR Research Program on Root, Tubers and Bananas. As a Global Leader, he developed a research agenda to deployed transformative tools for accelerating breeding across five crop systems. In 2014, he was appointed as Editorial Board Members of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.