Julia Sibiya is an Associate Professor of Plant Breeding in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Academic Leader for the Production Sciences Cluster (Agricultural Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology and Animal Science). Julia has more than 25 years experience in academia, graduated more than 60 graduate students (PhD&MSc) and co-authored more than 100 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She has coordinated many projects in plant breeding including management of the Improved MSc in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA), funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which focused on training industry-ready, middle level, graduates from Africa jointly with Iowa State University (ISU) (Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa (PBEA)), Makerere University (Uganda) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana). She is also the local coordinator of the EU-funded Mobreed (Mobility for Breeders in Africa) under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme in partnership with 4 other African Universities and Montpellier SupAgro in France; focusing on enhancing training and research mobility for underutilized crops breeding in Africa. She is an alumnus of the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) in South Africa, and the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy. Julia was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for DivSeek International Network Inc. for a 3-year term. She holds a BSc. Honours Crop Science, University of Zimbabwe; M.S (Plant Pathology-Virology major), The Ohio State University and PhD (Plant Breeding), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.