John Komen is an associate of GreenOrange and has extensive experience as a bioscience and biosafety expert advisor, particularly in Africa and Asia.
John manages the planning and implementation of research and technical assistance activities under the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. with specific responsibilities for (i) managing and implementing activities in PBS partner countries in sub-Sahara Africa; (ii) work plan development, technical progress and impact reports, monitoring and evaluation. Previously, John was an advisor to the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Sweden on (a) Supporting planning and implementation of research and education activities on policy aspects of agricultural biotechnology, including biosafety and intellectual property management, under the BIO-EARN (Sweden – East Africa) program.
John advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on biosafety regulatory issues in project proposals under consideration by the Foundation and provided monitoring and evaluation of the Foundation’s grants to strengthen research and regulatory capacity in Africa. Previously he was the assistant director for the International Service for National Agricultural Research in the Netherlands where he was responsible for the timely implementation of a 5-year USAID supported program on biosafety capacity development. PBS is implemented by a consortium of national, regional and international organizations, initially coordinated by ISNAR. Specific responsibilities for program and budget development, development of detailed work plans, development and execution of consortium sub-agreements in Asia and Africa.