Anker is an experienced plant breeder and crop innovation expert. As VP New Business at KeyGene, Anker is responsible for development of novel products and novel business opportunities. Anker is experienced in translating market demands into research opportunities and innovative solutions, as well as translating research into valuable business. Anker has initiated the development of novel crop breeding programs at KeyGene such as the rubber dandelion crop and novel edible banana breeding program and the FabaFood program for the development of novel Food grade Faba bean varieties. Anker has served as VP Vegetable Crop Research & Applied Research at KeyGene; and as Research Manager and plant breeder at Cebeco Seeds Group.