Damaris Achieng Odeny
Global Clusters Leader
Damaris is a plant geneticist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) with global research experience in crop improvement. She has led and implemented molecular breeding projects in both cereals and legumes, including the development of genetic and genomic resources in several orphan crops. Damaris is currently leading a finger millet pre-breeding project, which aims to re-introduce genetic diversity from wild relatives into the cultivated crop with the goal of improving finger millet’s resilience to environmental stresses like drought, pests and diseases.