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Dr Keshav Kranthi named ‘Chief Scientist’ after ICAC takes new path

Dr Keshav Kranthi — the globally renowned cotton scientist who has served as Head of Technical Services for the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) since 2017 — has been appointed Chief Scientist, reflecting recent changes both in his work and in the direction of the organisation.

The reasons for Dr Kranthi's title change include:

  • He has taken an increasingly active role in projects on the ground
  • He is developing and leading international project-teams of cotton scientists
  • The fact that the ICAC has placed an increasingly greater emphasis on projects, innovation and technology

‘For decades, the role of the Head of Technical Services was largely unchanged but the ICAC has evolved and this change in title reflects that’, said Kai Hughes, Executive Director. ‘The ICAC’s emphasis has changed in recent years from just providing technical information to taking a more active role in implementing the most cutting-edge science and best practices in cotton production and sustainability', he said. ‘Implementing projects on the ground and developing international project-teams of cotton scientists are indicative of the fact that Dr Kranthi has taken on a more robust role as "Chief Scientist"'.

In addition to his current responsibilities, Dr Kranthi will now be providing technical leadership for collaborative projects across the globe to shape the future research agenda for enhancement of soil health, sustainable yield improvement, efficient crop protection and development of digital tools for technology transfer.


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