Dr. Conrado Balatero

Story

We take an integrated breeding approach for developing new varieties.

Dr. Conrad’s journey began with East-West Seed in 2002, after 16 years with a plant-breeding institute under the Philippine government. While being interviewed by East-West Seed founders Simon Groot and Benito Domingo, he quickly realized that the philosophy of the company was all about enabling smallholder farmers—a philosophy Conrado still believes in wholeheartedly today. “It was truly inspiring for me,” he shares. Today, his dual roles are combining his close work with plant breeding teams while harnessing the latest in plant entomology, pathology, and biotechnology to “ensure we have an integrated breeding approach for developing new crop varieties.”

Bio

Team : Crop Breeding

Current position : Group Breeding Manager and Group Research Manager - Pathology

Works for East-West Seed since : 2002

Based in : Batangas, Philippines

Education

Ph.D. Genetics minor in Plant Breeding

Other Team Members

Rutger Groot

Rutger Groot is a member of the supervisory board of East-West Seed (since 2006) and concurrently chairs the East-West Seed K...

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Simon Groot

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Ard Groot

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Bert van der Feltz

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Simon Jan de Hoop

Very excited to be part of a company that had to be built up from scratch.One of the very first employees to join back in 198...

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Michel Devarrewaere

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Stuart Morris

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Dr. Hatthaya Arunothayanan

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Lysette Lacambra

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Dr. Darush Struss

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Lamai Yapanan

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