Dr Jean Hanson is a genetic resources specialist with 40 years of experience in seed conservation and genebank management. She has a PhD in seed storage for genebanks from the University of Birmingham, UK. She held positions as a post-doctoral scientist with the maize germplasm bank at CIMMYT, technical cooperation officer with DFID, UK in Indonesia and assisted Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI) in their seed conservation activities. She joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI and formerly ILCA) in 1986 as genebank manager and from 1989-2010 led the project on forage diversity, also acting as Interim Director of Institutional Planning at ILRI from 1996 to 2001. She continued as scientific advisor on the forage diversity project from 2011-2013 and returned to the position of project leader for forage diversity at ILRI in 2014. Current research interests include management of forage genetic resources, seed longevity in genebanks, morphological and nutritional characterization, seed production, forage adoption and knowledge sharing.

My vision of success for collaborative work is to focus on areas of mutual interest where complementary skills allow us to do more together than alone.