About Us

The concept of an International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA) was the initiative of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington DC, with the purpose of stimulating research collaboration across the world, including assistance with organizing World Cotton Research Conferences (WCRC).

To initiate ICRA, ICAC identified and appointed an Executive Committee of 15 members and Chairman in 2012.

Head Office of ICRA:

Address: 1629 K Street NW, Suite 702, Washington DC 20006 USA

ICRA Secretariat:

PCCC building, Old Shujabad Road, Multan-60500, Pakistan.

Executive Committee (2016 - 2020 extended to 2022)

The Executive Committee was reelected/formed in 2016 prior to the World Cotton Research Conference-6, May 2-6, 2016. The current Executive Committee (2016-2020) to continue until the general body meeting on the eve of WCRC-7 in October 2022. New Executive Committee Chair nominated due to the resignation of Dr. Michel FOK from the position of EC Chair. The EC comprises of following members.

  • Dr. Mohamed A. M. Negm, Giza, Egypt (Chair) (Cottonspinning@gmail.com)

  • Dr. Keshav Kranthi, Executive Director-ICRA (keshav@icac.org)

  • Dr. Eric F. Hequet, Texas, USA (Vice-Chair and Treasurer)

  • Dr. Alderi Emidio de Araujo, Paraíba, Brazil

  • Dr. Eleni Tsaliki, Greece

  • Mr. Anthony Muriithi, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Dr. Hezong Dong, Jinnan, China

  • Dr. Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

  • Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Mr. Mauricio Tcach, Sáenz Peña, Argentina

  • Dr. M. V. Venugopalan. Nagpur, India

  • Dr. Bedibete Bonfoh, Lome, Togo

  • Mr. Felix Sawadogo, Burkina Faso

  • Dr. Michael Bange, Australia

  • Dr. Terry P. Townsend, Texas, USA

  • Dr. Fiaz Ahmad, Secretary, ICRA Secretariat, Multan, Pakistan (icracotton.pk@gmail.com)

Executive Committee Meetings

  • 1st Meeting (San Antonio, USA, January 8, 2013)

  • 2nd Meeting (Mumbai, India , December 6, 2015)

  • 3rd Meeting (Goiania, Brazil, May 3, 2016)

  • 4th Meeting (Online exchanges, about the call for application to serve as ICRA Secretariat)

  • 5th Meeting (Islamabad, Pakistan, October 30, 2016)

  • 6th Meeting (Online Special meeting, April 2017, about the amendment on the article related to the position of assistant treasurer)

  • 7th Meeting (Tashkent, Uzbekistan, October 22nd, 2017)

  • 8th Meeting (Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, December 2nd, 2018)

  • 9th Meeting (Online, November 11, 2019)

  • 10th Meeting (Online, September 4, 2020)

  • 11th Meeting (Online, October 29, 2020)

  • 12th Meeting (Online special meeting, January 08, 2021, about the nomination of new Chair & Vice-Chair of EC, postponement of elections till general body meeting, ICRA newsletter renamed as "Cotton Innovations" to be published monthly)

You can also consult the full list of the ICRA website members.

Objectives – broad achievements and progress to be realized over the next four years

- Promote and strengthen networking among cotton researchers; facilitate site-visits; gather, analyze and rapidly disseminate worldwide information related to cotton; highlight the global and local problems associated with cotton and seek the solutions to overcome priority problems.
- Advise host countries in managing and running the WCRC; help each local organizing committee to prepare all aspects of the conference. Have the next Management Committee be established through an election process.
- Serve as an international voice on cotton research; raise awareness of research achievements in making cotton production sustainable as a commodity at the international level; help with training the next generation of cotton researchers and specialists.
- Hosting a database of cotton research activities.
- Enhance the competitiveness of cotton through dissemination of cotton research findings and outputs.
- Foster interest in ICRA and its objectives amongst cotton researchers.