As a Honorary Research fellow, Jan carries out various tasks including contributing to the FAO coordinated Global Plan of Action (GPA), technical standards and indicators processes, to provide a focal point to the Near East and North Africa Plant Genetic Resources Network (NENA PGRN), to make contributions to global cacao (CacaoNet) and coconut (COGENT) genetic resources networks and to co-supervise some staff members involved in their PhD research. In addition, he is the A European Genebank Integrated System (AEGIS) Coordinator, on a consultancy basis.
Jan was appointed as the Regional Coordinator for South and Southeast Asia in July 1988 and has a number of project and managerial responsibilities at Bioversity with key responsibilities around germplasm management and networking. Cacao and neglected and underutilized have been of special interest.
PhD on cacao genetic resources of the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands
MSc in plant breeding and pedagogic and didactics of the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Engels, J.M.M.; Visser, L. (eds.) 2003. A Guide to Effective Management of Germplasm Collections. IPGRI Handbooks for Genebanks No. 6. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy