After an outstanding life-long career with Canarian Agricultural Research Institute (Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias), Dr. Juan Capote has decided to retire after serving many years as its Director of Animal, Pasture, and Forage Production Unit.
A native of Santa Cruz de La Palma in Canary Islands, Dr. Capote’s academic credentials include a Diploma in Health from Real Academia de Medicina, a BSc in Biology from Universidad de La Laguna, a BSc in Veterinary Studies from UCM - Madrid, and a Ph.D. from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Dr. Capote contributed significantly to the advancement of the scientific knowledge with 217 publications including books, chapters, scientific and technical articles. He also had 180 presentations at various national and international conferences
Many of us who had the privilege to work with Juan over the years will agree that he is a humble and kind-hearted fellow human being, but at times can be humorous and hilarious. We all felt at ease when he was around. His sincerity and compassion often permeated through the atmosphere of gathering. He is known as a thoughtful team player and would not hesitate to lend a hand when it is needed.
Dr. Capote was instrumental in the success of 11th International Conference on Goats held at Gran Canaria, Spain in 2012. Juan was elected to be the President of International Goat Association from 2012 to 2016, after serving many years as Country Representative of Spain, Regional Director of Europe, Director of the Board and Vice President. After his presidency, he continues to serve as the chair of Country Representatives & Regional Directors Management Committee that is responsible for reviewing nominations, maintaining communication and reporting, and encouraging engagement in IGA activities and assists RDs and CRs with organizing IGA meetings, and developing IGA co-sponsorship of goat related events to raise IGA’s profile, one of the most consequential committees at IGA.
Dr. Capote is an individual with tremendous humbleness. On one occasion, I mentioned to Juan that I first met him at a Board of Director’s meeting in Paris, France. At that time, he was introduced to the Board as an active Country Representative of Spain with great enthusiasm. However, he quickly corrected me by saying that we first met in Coquimbo, Chile in 1991 at the Simposio Internacional De Explortacion Caprinas En Zonas Aridads (International Symposium on Goat Production in Arid Zones). As humble as he always had been, he said: “you were a famous speaker then, and I was just a nominal audience.” He helped to realize that I had met this great individual for over a quarter of century.
Dr. Capote is a person with sincerity. We met again at the Chinese Sheep and Goat Society Meeting in Shijiazhuang in 2016. He just co-authored and published a book entitled “A Genetic Perspective about the Origin of the Canarian livestock” and was kind enough to present me with a copy. With enthusiasm for an autograph from a rock star, I asked him if he would sign his name on the book. He blushed, and he never did. Dr. Capote also authored a chapter in an FAO publication entitled “Sustainable Goat Breeding and Goat Farming in Central and Eastern European countries” in the same year, but he did not mention it.
With great appreciation and on behalf of many colleagues who got to know Juan and worked with him directly or indirectly, a big “Thank You” to you for your outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in goat production and for your distinguished service to IGA and many other organizations around the world.
Christopher D. Lu
IGA President 2004-2008
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