Leocadio S. Sebastian is the current regional program leader for CCAFS Southeast Asia where he leads the integration of CCAFS agenda into the regional agenda and national program in CCAFS focus countries.
A multi-awarded plant breeder and research administrator, Leo integrates the whole spectrum of research, development and extension (RD&E) and mobilizing governmental, inter-governmental and international networking and collaboration for greater impact.
Prior to joining CCAFS, he was Regional Director for Asia Pacific Region at Bioversity International. He was also Executive Director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) where he strengthened and mobilized the national rice R&D network, enabling the Philippines to increase rice productivity and sustain PhilRice’s stature as a premier knowledge generating institution in Southeast Asia.
His expertise in R&D management is internationally recognized through his involvement in various international research networks, consortia, and review panels organized by the World Bank, FAO, GCDT, Rockefeller Foundation, CGIAR, ICRISAT, and IRRI.
Leo was conferred with prestigious awards in the Philippines like the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 2001, Outstanding Young Scientist in Plant Breeding, Pantas (Sage) Award for Research Management and JICA Presidential Award.
Leo earned his doctorate degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and his BS and MS degrees from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Some recent publications
Ramirez M, Ortiz R, Taba S, Sebastian LS, Williams D, Ebert A, Vezina A. 2012. Demonstrating interdependence on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. In: Halewood M, Lopez NI, Louafi S, (Eds.). 2012. Crop Genetic Resources as a Global Commons: Challenges in International Law and Governance. Earthscan.
Sebastian LS, Chandrabalan D, Borromeo KH, Zhang Z, Mathur PN. 2011. Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Use in Asia, Pacific and Oceania region. FFTC Extension Bulletin.
Sebastian LS, Payumo JG. 2008. NARES capacity in relation to international treaties and conventions on intellectual property rights, agricultural biotechnology, and plant genetic resources management. Asian Journal of Agricultural Development 3(1-2):91-114.
Mamaril CP, Castillo M, Sebastian LS. 2009. Facts and Myths about Organic Fertilizers. PhilRice. Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.
Singleton G, Joshi RC, Sebastian LS, (Eds.). 2008. Philippine Rats. PhilRice. Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.
Tiongco ER, Angeles ER, Sebastian LS, (Eds.). 2008. The Rice Tungro Virus Disease: A Paradigm in Disease Management. PhilRice. Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.
Balisacan AR, Sebastian LS, et all. 2006. Securing Rice, Reducing Poverty- Challenges and Policy Directions. SEARCA, PhilRice and DA-BAR.