Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat is a plant geneticist. She obtained her PhD in 2001 from Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris). She is full professor at the Faculty of Science, Saint Joseph University of Beirut and chair of Life and Earth Science Department. She has special interests in endemic species conservation and in conifer genetics. She employs genomic tools to investigate biodiversity from genes to ecosystems. The results of her research have allowed to define conservation policies and forest ecosystem restoration strategies that are optimizing the survival of tree populations in the face of climate change. She is the co-founder and President of “Jouzour Loubnan”, an NGO dealing with reforestation in Lebanon.