Maria Mercedes Roca

Executive Director - Institute on Science for Global Policy
Maria Mercedes Roca

Maria Mercedes Roca

Executive Director - Institute on Science for Global Policy

Biography

Dr. MM Roca has an BSc. in microbiology  from King´s College London and a PhD. in plant pathology from University College London,  with a specialization in virology.

Dr. Roca  worked in agriculture (1992 –  2010) in Mauritius, Mexico, Bolivia, and Honduras developing and managing projects in Integrated Pest Management with small farmers. While at Zamorano University in Honduras  (1998- 2014) she developed courses in plant pathology,  agricultural biotechnology and environmental biotechnology. She was one of the founding members of the National  Biotechnology and Biosafety Committee of Honduras (CNBB for its Spanish acronym) and advises the Honduran Government.  The CNBB reviews submission for risk assessment of GMOs and advices the Honduran Government. In 2003 the Honduran Government authorized the first commercial planting of GM maize.

She has worked extensively on  developing and implemnting training courses in risk assessment and risk management for Central American regulators.