Dr. Cisse served as the Director of the Regional Center for the improvement of plant Adaptation to Drought (CERAAS) where he managed a team of scientists, technicians, administrative officer, accountants and support personnel in the design and implementation of research and training activities from 2011-2019 in Senegal. He has experience with management of national and regional agricultural research center and programs, drought resistance phenotyping and breeding, host-plant resistance and breeding, breeding for grain quality, molecular breeding, seed systems. Dr Cisse also has experience liaising with farmer organizations, NGOs and extension agencies and with funding agencies. After completing a Master degree at UC Davis and PHD in Genetics and plant breeding at Purdue University he initiated a cowpea breeding program in Senegal and continued it until his retirement. During this process he has developed several successful cowpea varieties adapted to the drought prone areas of the Sahel with good grain quality. These achievements have been attained with USAID funding through the CRSP and Legume Innovation Lab and collaboration with UC Riverside.