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.  

Robert Zeigler

Robert ZeiglerDr. Robert "Bob" Zeigler is an internationally respected plant pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research in the developing world. He is the first Director General Emeritus of IRRI.

Norman Macdonald

Norman MacdonaldNorm is the former IRRI Deputy Director General for Management Services and treasurer providing strategic leadership to finance, human resources, information technology, and other services.

Fiona Farrell

farrell-contactFiona provided global leadership for IRRI’s Human Resource function and was a member of the Institute’s Management Committee.

Achim Dobermann

Achim DobermannAchim is a soil scientist and agronomist with 25 years of experience working in Asia, North America and Europe. He is IRRI's former Deputy Director General for Research.

K.L. Heong

K.L. HeongK.L. was a senior scientist at IRRI responsible for research on arthropod ecology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).