Dr. Uma Shankar Singh

Born in Village Nakaha, Sultanpur, India on 1 January 1954. Educated at Delhi College, Delhi University, 1972-75; G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, 1975-83; B.Sc. 1975; M.Sc. Plant Pathology 1977; Ph.D. 1983; Post-Doc 1990-92, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines.

Team Leader, Cereal Systems Initiatives for South Asia-Bangladesh-Seed Project funded by USAID, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, 2011 to date; Senior Scientist (II), Division of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, 2010 to date; South Asia Regional Project Coordinator (STRASA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Program, IRRI-India Office, New Delhi, 2008 to date.

Assistant Prof., 1983-92, Assoc. Professor of Plant Pathology, 1992-2000, and Professor, 2000-08, GBPUAT, Pantnagar; Consultant, IRRI, Philippines; Consultant, CAB International, UK; Visiting Scientist, RRI, Philippines.

Awards/Honours: Pesticide India Award, seven times (1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2004); Professor M.J. Narasimhan Academic Merit Award, 1985; Outstanding Scientist Award of GBPUAT, Pantnagar, 2004; Uttaranchal Ratan, 2005; Sipani Krishi Anusandhan Award, 2005. Member of Apex GOI Committee on Pesticide Research and Development Policy during and beyond 10th Five-Year Plan; Member Research Advisory Committee, NCIPM, New Delhi, 2006-08, and ICAR Research Complex, Goa 2010-13; Member, Academic Council, IARI, New Delhi, 2010-12; Member, Governing Body of Jharkhand Agriculture Development Council (IADC), 2012-14; President Elect, Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), 2012-13; Honorary Faculty, College of Agriculture, Aligarh Muslim University, 2011-13.

Research Areas: Seed system, Targeted dissemination of technologies and their impact assessment, Management of abiotic and biotic stresses using microbes, Biological Control, IPM, diseases & insect pests management in organic farming, aromatic rice

Address: South Asia Advisor for Research & Partnerships, International Rice Research Institute, 1st Floor, NASC Complex, DPS Marg, New Delhi 110012; C-118, First Floor, Inderpuri, New Delhi 110012; [Tel: Cell: 9958629944; Email: singh.umesh146@gmail.com; u.singh@irri.org]

Foreign Secreary 1 Jan, 2019 to 31 Dec, 2021