Dr. Samuel Thevasagayam, is the interim Director of the Agricultural Development team. In this role he leads the team that works to reduce poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.
In addition, Sam leads the Livestock initiative within Agricultural Development team. He oversees implementation of foundation’s strategy in animal health, livestock genetics and livestock production & markets.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Sam spent significant time in the pharmaceutical Industry, where he held various roles in clinical development, regulatory affairs, business development & external research alliances. Sam led the development and registration of several drugs and vaccines (human and animals) in North American, European and International markets. Previously, Sam was the foundation director of R&D for Global Alliances for Livestock Veterinary Medicine, a not-for- profit animal health organization. He spent his early career teaching and practicing companion animal internal medicine before spending five years in veterinary virology research at the Institute for Animal Health – Pirbright Institute.
Sam holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, a PhD in veterinary virology for his research on foot-and-mouth disease virus at the Pirbright Institute, UK and an MBA from the University of Oxford, Said business school. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.