Abdou Tenkouano is an agricultural scientist and the Regional Director for Africa at AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, currently stationed in Mali. Tenkouano is in charge of leading all AVRDC activities in sub-Saharan Africa, and developing the organization’s international and domestic partnerships. He has invaluable years of experience researching crop species, including maize, cassava, and millet. Before accepting his position at the AVRDC, Tenkouano worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as a plant breeder for cassava, banana, plantain, and yam; and at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), where he developed breeds of sorghum. While at ICRISAT, he was the coordinator for the West and Central Africa Sorghum Research Network for two years. Tenkouano received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Texas A&M University.