Dr. Kanokwan (May), was appointed as the Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) in January 2018. She holds a PhD in Biotechnology from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. May began her career managing the QC laboratories (Seed Physiology, genetic purity and Seed health labs) for both vegetable seeds and corn seeds supporting Thailand operations for one year. She’s also worked on the quality assurance process covering the entire seed multiplication process for five years serving local seed businesses, seed distribution centers and toller production for domestic markets and regional hubs in Asia. Her latest role was as the Asia Pacific quality lead and where she had been involved in various regional and global projects relating to quality management systems, GSPP, seed health testing for phytosanitary compliance.
The Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) was established in 1994, through the cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and DANIDA, with the aim of promoting quality seed production and marketing in the Asia and Pacific Region. Today, APSA is the largest regional seed association in the world. It has strong links with international organisations such as FAO, CGIAR institutions, ISF, ISTA, UPOV, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, among others. APSA members include national seed associations, government agencies, public and private seed companies, and associate members.