Ismahane Elouafi is the Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). ICBA is a founding member of AIRCA and she currently serves as the Deputy Chair. Before joining ICBA, she was leading the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and held management positions with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). She also worked as a scientist with several international research organizations such as ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research and Dry Areas), CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Center), and JIRCAS (Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences). She was successful in developing strategic partnerships with governments, institutions, academia, and private organizations in the national and international scientific research arenas. Ms. Elouafi holds a PhD in Genetics from Cordoba University, Spain.