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 more than 1,000 staff members located at our headquarters in the Philippines and at our other locations throughout 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. View the full alphabetized list.

IRRI scientists and staff

All staff profiles (alphabetical order)

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 over 1,000 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


IRRI has been developing a new generation of rice workers since the 1960s, providing scholarships to young rice scientists from across the globe. The Institute believes that the right experience and exposure to technologies are critical to training future rice experts. 
Meet our scholars


IRRI boasts an impressive list of former employees who had contributed significantly to the mission and had later on made names for themselves outside the institute. These individuals carry the IRRI name and credibility in their work and we're proud to call them family.
Meet our alumni