Zakir Hussain HASSANZADA
Zakir Hussain Hassanzada is currently Regional Manager of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Unit (MERL) at the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Afghanistan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and has participated in the UNITAR Afghanistan Fellowship Program. He is trained in project management, research methodologies, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and skilled in statistical analysis softwares from attending different workshops hosted by international organizations and universities. He joined AKF in 2010 as Evaluation, Research and Learning Unit (ERLU) Assistant at the Bamyan regional office. During that time, he trained many M&E and MIS officers and assistants on data management and database development, and learned from both the communities and AKF staff members.
Ari NOVY (Chair)
President and CEO, San Diego Botanic Garden
Ari Novy is President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA, a 37- acre facility with extensive collections of Mediterranean climate plants as well as award winning children’s gardens. Before joining San Diego Botanic Garden, Novy was Chief Scientist at the Leichtag Foundation, also in Encinitas, CA and before that Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. As Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, he also sat on the Executive Leadership Team of the U.S. Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency responsible for the management and upkeep of the U.S. Capitol Campus, including the U.S. Botanic Garden, U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court.
Executive Director, Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S.
Abby Meyer is Executive Director of the U.S. office of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, based at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, California. Meyer works to develop tools and information to support botanic garden plant conservation programs and collections. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and went on to complete a Master’s in Public Horticulture Administration through the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens.
Director, Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives, Denver Botanic Gardens
Sarada Krishnan is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture displays and collections, and for developing and leading global projects at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Dr. Krishnan has several years of experience in public and commercial horticulture. She has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from India, where the focus was on tropical horticulture. She has a Master of Science in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Her doctorate research at University of Colorado, Boulder, focused on the conservation genetics of wild coffee (Coffea spp.) in Madagascar. Krishnan owns coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
In 2016/2017, Krishnan was involved in developing the Global Strategy for the Conservation of Coffee Genetic Resources in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust and World Coffee Research.