Ismahane Elouafi

Director General
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

Ismahane Elouafi is the Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. She is internationally known as a strong advocate of alternative approaches to ensuring food security and nutrition in marginal environments, including use of neglected and underutilized crops and non-fresh water resources in agriculture. Ranked among the 20 most influential women in science in the Islamic world, she has initiated and promoted a number of programs and efforts to empower women in science in the Arab world and beyond. Elouafi has nearly two decades of experience in agricultural research and development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.