Executive Secretary, APAARI and Chair, GFAR
Dr Ravi Khetarpal is the Executive Secretary of Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) which has more than 80 members from the region. He facilitates and promotes networking, capacity building, knowledge management, policy issues and partnerships in the region and also coordinates the development and implementation of global and regional projects on agriculture innovation system, phytosanitary compliances, promotion of biopesticides, agribiotechnology and bioresources, agriculture science technology indicators and public private partnerships.
He had served ICAR, India and CABI (South Asia) as Regional Director in the past. He was also a consultant for twelve FAO/World Bank/USDA Projects in Asian countries on biosecurity and compliances to SPS Agreement of WTO and represented Asia as Developing Country Expert in SPS working Group of STDF/WTO. He recently chaired (2020-2022) the Tropical Agricultural Platform, a G-20 initiative of FAO and is now chairing (2021-2024) the Global Forum of Agricultural Research and Innovation with secretariat at FAO.
He holds PhD in Life Sciences (Plant Pathology) from University of Paris.