MS. HIDELISA DE CHAVEZ
University Researcher
National Plant Genetic University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)

Hidelisa de Ramos de Chavez -“Hydee” to family, friends, and colleagues – is a University Researcher at the National Plant Genetic University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), particularly at the National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory (NPGRL), the national repository of national germplasm. Prior to joining the University, she served as Regional Technical Officer/Deputy Coordinator of the Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment Community Biodiversity Development and Conservation Programme and as research staff at the UPWARD Program of the International Potato Center.

A licensed agriculturist, she completed graduate studies in Rural Sociology with minor in Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Management (PGRCM). Her more than 20 years of work in plant genetic resources conservation and management encompass rice, root crops like sweet potato, taro and cocoyam (Xanthosoma), legumes/vegetables, and more recently, indigenous Philippine vegetables.

She hails from the province of Aurora, a province sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the grand Sierra Madre mountains in northern Philippines.