World BioProtection Research Foundation Announces Expert Members for New Program Advisory Council

Global Initiative Seeks to Revolutionise Biological Agriculture (BioAg) through Microbial Solutions

The World BioProtection Research Foundation is proud to announce the selection of seven distinguished professionals from around the world to join its inaugural Program Advisory Council of Experts (PACE). The selection follows a rigorous international search, attracting exceptional talents in the fields of bioprotection, soil and marine microbiology, and related disciplines.

Seven world class experts have joined the PACE, with the goal of providing leadership in setting the research agenda, evaluating progress, and making informed decisions to advance the foundation’s objectives:

  1. Dr Zhibing Zhang PhD, Professor and Co-Director of the China Institute, University of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  2. Dr K Annapurna PhD, Former Head, Division of Microbiology, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, India.
  3. Dr Dean Metcalfe PhD, Managing Director and Plant Pathologist, Metcalf BioControl, Molesworth, Tasmania, Australia.
  4. Dr Aram Mikaelyan PhD, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  5. Dr Kiran P. Raverkar PhD, Dean, Post Graduate Studies, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture &Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India
  6. Dr Rajan Sharma PhD, Principal Scientist and Cluster Leader – Crop Protection & Seed Health, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  7. Dr D R W Kandula PhD, Research Fellow, Faculty of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand


The Foundation, driven by passionate volunteers, is dedicated to advancing bioprotection research and innovation for sustainable development and resilient ecosystems. Through its focus on identifying microbial solutions in agriculture and the environment, the Foundation serves as a vital knowledge hub for academia, industry, and government stakeholders.

Professor Shashi Sharma, Founder Chairman of the World Bioprotection Research Foundation said, “Our vision is to harness the power of microbes and global research expertise to revolutionise pest and disease management, safeguard soil and plant health, and promote planetary well-being. The formation of the Program Advisory Council of Experts is a significant step towards realising this vision”.

The newly appointed members of the PACE will play a pivotal role in driving the Foundation’s mission forward. They will provide strategic guidance on research programs and initiatives, shaping research agendas to secure funding and ensure alignment with stakeholder needs. These experts will offer valuable advice and guidance to research teams, as well as participate in research project preparation. Furthermore, they will review and assess research proposals and ongoing projects, providing constructive feedback to ensure the highest quality outcomes. The council members will actively identify collaboration opportunities with academic institutions and industry players, leveraging their networks and expertise to foster meaningful partnerships. Further information about the role of PACE and governance of the Foundation can be found here.

Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and Chairman of WBF said, “PACE embodies the spirit of collaboration and expertise that defines the Foundation’s mission. Together, we aim to pioneer transformative solutions that will reshape the landscape of bioprotection and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

The PACE will consist of up to 12 members, each selected for their diverse expertise in bioprotection research, academia, industry, and project development.

To find out more about the World BioProtection Research Foundation, and to join its international network of institutions, email and contact Professor Shashi Sharma at

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