Dr. Sarada Krishnan is Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens where she is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture displays and collections, and for developing the leading global projects. She is also a faculty affiliate with Colorado State University in the Department of Horticulture in Landscape Architecture. She earned her B.S. and Masters degrees in horticulture in India and at Colorado State University respectively, and her doctor at University of Colorado, Boulder where her research focused on the conservation genetics of wild coffee in Madagascar.
Sarada's broad interests include biodiversity conservation, agrobiodiversity, sustainable coffee cultivation, agroforestry, food security, botanic gardens, and economic empowerment of women and girls in developing countries. She serves on numerous local, national, and international boards and has published works on coffee genetic resources, botanic gardens, and sustainable agriculture. She can be seen hiking in the Rocky Mountains most summer weekends looking at wildflowers. An avid traveler, she has visited 39 countries to date and owns coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.