• Maurice Moloney

    Saskatoon, SK, Canada


Dr. Maurice Moloney was appointed as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) effective October 1, 2014.

Prior to joining GIFS, Dr. Moloney was the Group Executive for Food, Health and Life Sciences at the Commonwealth Science Industries Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. CSIRO is Australia’s National Science Agency covering a range of disciplines in natural sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering. At CSIRO, Dr. Moloney was responsible for all life sciences R & D and for the many industrial and company relationships that this involves. In the Food, Health and Life Sciences Group, he was responsible for about 1,400 staff and an annual budget of approximately $AU400 million.

From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Moloney was the Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research near London, UK. Rothamsted, a BBSRC Institute, is the oldest and largest agricultural research centre in Europe, with a mandate for food security, agricultural sustainability and adaptation of agriculture to the consequences of both climate change and depletion of fossil fuels. He was the founder of SemBioSys and served as the company’s President from 1994-1998 and then as Chief Scientific Officer from 1998-2010.

Dr. Moloney’s career in plant biotechnology spans more than 30 years. Prior to founding SemBioSys, he was a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, pursuing research on seed-specific gene expression, herbicide resistance and the plant cell cycle. From 1995-2003, he held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in plant biotechnology. Previously, he was the head of the Cell Biology Group at Calgene Inc., where he developed the first transgenic oilseed plants using canola as the model. This resulted in a landmark patent in plant biotechnology and eventually became the basis of RoundUp Ready® and Liberty Link® Canola, which now commands 90 percent of the canola acreage in Canada, a market of more than $200 million annually.

Dr. Moloney has published more than 90 original research papers and is an inventor on 43 issued US patents and over 300 patents worldwide. He has served on the advisory board of the National Research Council’s Plant Biotechnology Institute and has consulted for several biotechnology and agri-business companies. He has served on numerous government committees, including BBSRC’s Committee of National Institutes of Biosciences, NSERC Council (the governing body of NSERC), CFI, National Research Council PBI (Canada) and the Networks of Centres of Excellence programs. Dr. Moloney was the co-president of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (ISPMB) Congress in 2000 and serves on the ISPMB board. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including two Alberta Science and Technology (ASTECH) Awards for leadership in Alberta Technology. Dr. Moloney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Imperial College, London, and was awarded his doctorate in plant biochemistry from De Montfort University/Leicester Polytechnic in the UK. He was honoured by the University of Lethbridge with a DSc honoris causa in 2004 and by De Montfort University in 2011. Dr. Moloney has served as a consultant for several major Agribusiness companies, including Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience.