Howard-Yana Shapiro

Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars


Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro is Chief Agricultural Officer at Mars, Incorporated. He has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, pattern recognition, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over forty years, releasing hundreds of cultivars into the public domain. Dr Shapiro has worked with indigenous communities, NGOs, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world.

A former university professor for 15 years, Fulbright Scholar, and a Ford Foundation Fellow, Dr. Shapiro was made a Fellow of the World Agroforestry Centre in 2007 and authored the IAASTD chapter on Biotechnology and Biodiversity.