Dr Alison Bentley

Australian Director of CIMMYT Wheat Program

Dr Alison Bentley is the Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, based in Mexico. Her research combines genetics and genomics to develop and deliver new tools and technology to improve plant breeding, crop production and adaptation to climate change. At CIMMYT, Alison leads a team of scientists using scientific approaches to develop improved wheat germplasm. This germplasm captures packages of traits providing productivity, resilience, and broad adaptation, supporting global wheat improvement and smallholder livelihoods. Prior to joining CIMMYT in November 2020, Alison worked in the UK focused on translation of fundamental scientific breakthroughs into tangible impacts for the agri-food sector. She has a doctorate in agricultural science and PhD in agriculture from The University of Sydney, Australia.