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Ramirez, Marleni

Marleni Ramirez, a Peruvian national, became the Regional Director for the Americas Office of Bioversity International in late 2005. During the last decade, she developed, administered and implemented projects in agriculture and conservation of biological diversity and in 2015 became the Regional Representative for Central and South America.

Ramirez has also studied the use and management of native varieties of minor tubers by smallholder farmers in the Peruvian Andes, and has implemented an initiative for complementary conservation in northern Ecuador, with an innovative component of agrotourism in support of the conservation and use of native crops.

Since 1986, her professional experience has included work in various sectors of international development including capacity development and training, small enterprise development and implementation of agriculturally focused projects. She has worked with universities, the private sector, international organizations and the government.



PhD, Physical Anthropology, City University of New York, New York, USA

MSc, Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

BSc, Biology, San Marcos National University, Lima, Peru

Publication highlights:


van Zonneveld, M.; Ramirez, M.; Williams, D.E.; Petz, M.; Meckelmann, S.; Avila, T.; Bejarano, C.; Ríos, L.; Peña, K.; Jäger, M.; Libreros, D.; Amaya, K.; Scheldeman, X. (2015) Screening genetic resources of Capsicum peppers in their primary centre of diversity in Bolivia and Peru. PLoS ONE, Vol. 10(9)


Ramirez, M., Ortiz, R., Taba, S., Sebastian, L., Williams, D., Ebert, A., and Vezina, A. 2011. Demonstrating interdependence on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. In: Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons: Challenges in International Law and Governance. M. Halewood, I. Lopez N. and S.Louafi. Eds. Earthscan.

Williams D., and Ramírez M. 2008. Ecuadorian women play a central role in conserving native crops. Geneflow. Pp: 40-41.