Yousry A. El-Kassaby

Title of Speech: Tree Improvement: From Pedigree-Based to Genomic-Based Breeding

Yousry is currently a Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Forestry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has a Ph.D. in population and quantitative genetics (1980: University of British Columbia, Canada), a M.Sc. in quantitative genetics (1977: University of Tanta, Egypt) and a B.Sc. in Genetics (1970: University of Alexandria, Egypt). Prior to his current post, Yousry worked in the industry as Director, Genetics and Product Development, CellFor Inc., and as Director, Applied Forest Research, Pacific Forest Products Ltd, both based in Victoria, British Columbia. Yousry has received numerous research grants in the area of Forest Genetics and Genomics and Tree Improvement and has authored and co-authored more than 300 refereed publications, book chapters and invited papers. His research interest is diverse and covers tree domestication, tree improvement delivery system, seed and seedling biology and production, gene conservation, biotechnology and genomics. Yousry is a member of the IUFRO Extended Board and is Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) Coordinator. He serves as an Associate Editor to the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Yousry is an Adjunct Professor at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University and Nanjing Forestry University and Honorary Professor at Beijing Forestry University (China) and the recipient of the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award (2010), Professor Honoris Causa at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic (2011), and the Canadian Institute of Forestry Scientific Achievement Award (2017).