Our people

IRRI is administered by a director general who, with the IRRI Board of Trustees (BOT) and management team, sets the Institute’s scientific direction, policy, and strategies.

We have a workforce of about 1,350 that includes 1,100 at our headquarters in the Philippines, 120 in Bangladesh, 50 in India, and the remainder spread across our other locations in Asia and Africa.

Our science leaders are recruited internationally, and are among the best in the world in their fields. They are supported by nationally recruited staff that bring their expertise, local knowledge, and skills to IRRI and help us connect with the local communities where we work.

IRRI scientists and staff

Board of Trustees

IRRI's Board of Trustees (BOT) is composed of members who are among world leaders in their respective disciplines. The BOT reviews IRRI's research priorities and resources and sets the Institute's direction, policy, and strategies. The director general is responsible for ensuring that these are carried out.
Meet the members of the BOT


IRRI’s management team is made up of the director general, the deputy director general for research, the deputy director general for management services, and the deputy director general for communication and partnerships. 
Meet our management team


IRRI’s key asset is its growing international workforce of 1,350 science and support professionals. Considered among the best in the world in their respective fields, they are supported by a diverse collection of collaborators. 
Meet our specialists