Xiaofei Zhang

Dr. Xiaofei Zhang is a senior scientist at CIAT (Centro Internacional para la Agricultura Tropical, Cali, Colombia). He has more than 15 years of experience leading the variety development of wheat, intermediate wheatgrass, sweet potato, and cassava. He aspires to develop and deploy cutting-edge technologies in applied plant breeding to develop farmer-preferred varieties, increase genetic gains, secure food supply, defeat hunger, enhance equity, and protect soil and water quality.
Since 2019 he has led the global cassava breeding within the Cassava Program at CIAT. Dr. Xiaofei Zhang completed a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010.