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Maurice Moloney Program Director

Prior to joining the Global Institute for Food Security, Dr. Moloney led the work of over 1,100 research and support staff in R&D in Agriculture, Food and Nutrition and Biosecurity at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). Previously, Dr. Moloney was the Director and Chief Executive of the world’s oldest agriculture research centre, Rothamsted Research. The UK-based institute is a world leader in food security, agricultural sustainability and the adaptation of agriculture to the consequences of both climate change and fossil fuel depletion. Founder of SemBioSys Genetics Inc. based in Calgary, Dr. Moloney also served as the company’s president from 1994-1998 and as Chief Scientific Officer from 1998-2010. He held a Dow AgroSciences-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in plant biotechnology from 1995 until 2003. Dr. Moloney also spent fifteen years as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary pursuing research on seed-specific gene expression, herbicide resistance, recombinant protein production and the plant cell cycle. Previously, he was the head of the Cell Biology Group at Calgene Inc., where he developed the first transgenic oilseed plants using Canola as the target. This resulted in a landmark patent in plant biotechnology and eventually became the basis of RoundUp Ready® and Liberty Link® Canola, which now commands more than 90% of the Canola acreage in Canada with a seed market of more than $200 million per year and a product value of >$8 billion annually. Dr. Moloney has published more than 90 original research papers and is an inventor on 43 issued US patents and over 300 patents worldwide. He was Chair and Co-organizer of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology Congress in Quebec City, June 2000 and continues to serve on the conference’s board. He has served on the advisory board of the National Research Council of Canada’s Plant Biotechnology Institute and on numerous Canadian Federal government committees including NSERC Council (the governing body of NSERC), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Networks of Centres of Excellence program. He has consulted for several biotechnology and multinational agribusiness companies. He has also worked extensively with the UK Government and the EU on issues relating to agricultural policy and biotechnology at the ministerial and commissioner levels. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including two Alberta Science and Technology (ASTECH) Awards for leadership in Alberta Technology. Dr. Moloney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, Associateship of the Royal College of Science, and was awarded his doctorate in plant biochemistry from De Montfort University/Leicester Polytechnic in the United Kingdom. He was honoured by the University of Lethbridge with a D.Sc. honoris causa in 2004 by De Montfort University in 2011 and by Lancaster University, U.K. in 2013.