Brigitte Laliberté, a Canadian national, joined Bioversity International in 1996.
Since 2010, Brigitte has been advising the coordination of the Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources (CacaoNet) and coordinated the development of the Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Cacao Genetic Resources published in 2012 and since then, its implementation. She is also coordinating the Cocoa of Excellence Programme, the entry point for the International Cocoa Awards.
Brigitte also advised the coordination of the Global Network for Musa (banana and plantains) Genetic Resource (MusaNet) and coordinated the development of the Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Musa Genetic Resources to be published in 2016.
From 2007 to 2010, Brigitte coordinated the World Bank project: 'The Rehabilitation of Global Public Goods in the CGIAR Genetic Resources System (GPG2)' with the 11 genebanks of the CGIAR. From 2003-2007, she coordinated the development of more than 20 regional and global crop strategies guiding the allocations of funds from the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
From 1999-2003, Brigitte provided scientific support to the European Cooperative Programme on Genetic Resources (ECPGR) Thematic Networks on inter-regional cooperation, documentation and information and in situ/on-farm conservation, as well as support to crop genetic resources national programmes in Eastern Europe and in countries of the former USSR.
From 1996-1999, she was a scientific assistant and worked in impact assessment and project evaluation.
MSc Conservation & Utilisation of Plant Genetics Resources, University of Birmingham, UK
BSc in Agricultural Sciences, with specialization in horticulture, Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada
Laliberté, B., End, M., editors. 2015. Supplying new cocoa planting material to farmers: a review of propagation methodologies. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. 200pp.
CacaoNet. 2012. A Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Cacao Genetic Resources, as the Foundation for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (B. Laliberté, compiler). Bioversity International, Montpellier, France.