Middle East

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) since 2012. Before joining ICBA, she was leading the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Dr Elouafi holds a PhD in genetics from Cordoba University, Spain and has over 15 years experience in agricultural research, prior to her appointment to ICBA.
Dr. Masmoudi is currently a senior molecular biologist at the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Dubai- UAE. He conducts research to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to harsh environments such as soil salinity, drought and extreme temperatures. He uses a combination of genetic, genomic and transcriptomic approaches to analyze various levels of gene regulation and to understand stress signalling and stress tolerance.
Dr. Mohammad Shahid is a scientist with more than 18 years of experience in agriculture research. He has an expertise in plant breeding, germplasm collection, seed production and screening of salt tolerant crops. He has worked with many crops including, barley, wheat pearl millet, sorghum, sunflower, safflower and others. Dr. Shahid had worked on breeding of salicornia, a halophyte, using modern molecular markers. He also has done an extensive study of barley and wheat landraces of Arabian Peninsula.