Board of Trustees

IRRI's Board of Trustees (BOT) sets IRRI policy. Its 15 members are world leaders in their respective disciplines. Three are ex officio: the Philippine Secretary of Agriculture, the President of the University of the Philippines system, and the IRRI director general. The board meets twice a year (April and October) to review IRRI's research priorities, and its allocation of resources and to set the Institute's scientific directions, policies, and strategies. The director general is responsible for carrying out these policies. Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman is the current chair of the BOT.

Emerlinda R. Roman

emerlinda-roman-introDr. Emerlinda R. Roman is a professor at the College of Business Administration at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She made history not only as UP's Centennial president, but also as its first woman president.

Subbanna Ayyappan

subbanna-ayyappan-introDr. S. Ayyappan is the Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) of the Ministry of Agriculture of India. He is also Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), where he worked previously as Deputy Director General of Fisheries.

Kaye E. Basford

kaye-basford-introKaye Basford is a Professor in Biometry at the University of Queensland, where she is currently also President of the Academic Board and was Head of the School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences (2001-2011).

Jim Godfrey

jim-godfrey-introJim Godfrey, OBE, DSc, a farmer from the United Kingdom, is a Director of the Godfrey family farming companies. They produce a range of agricultural commodities, including potatoes, in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. He graduated from the University of Reading.

Joyce K. Kikafunda

joyce-kikafunda-introJoyce K. Kikafunda has been appointed last year as Uganda's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James to protect and promote Uganda’s national interests and positions in the UK and Ireland.

Rita Sharma

rita-sharma-introDr. Rita Sharma is secretary to the National Advisory Council of the Government of India. Since 1974, Dr. Sharma has held numerous government positions in India; working in the areas of agricultural development, food security, poverty alleviation, rural livelihood, natural resource management, gender, and financial management.

Suthad Setboonsarng

Suthad SetboonsarngSuthad Setboonsarng is an economist currently serving as a board member of Banpu PLC, one of the largest private energy companies in Thailand. He is also a board member of the Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI).

Proceso J. Alcala

proceso-alcala-introPrior to his appointment as secretary of agriculture, Mr. Proceso J. Alcala was a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress. He represented the 2nd District of Quezon Province.

Friedrich Berschauer

friedrich-berschauer-introProf. Dr. h.c. Friedrich Berschauer is the former chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer CropScience AG. He held this position since April 2004 until his retirement in October 2010.

Zhai Huqu

zhai-huqu-introProf. Zhai Huqu is previously the President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and is former president of Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU).

Alfredo E. Pascual

alfredo-pascual-introMr. Alfredo E. Pascual is the 20th President of the University of the Philippines, a system consisting of seven constituent universities and an autonomous college.

Robert S. Zeigler

robert-zeigler-introDr. Robert Stewart Zeigler worked as a plant pathologist at IRRI in the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During which he led the Institute’s Rainfed Lowland Rice Research Program (1992-1996) and the Irrigated Rice Research Program (1996-1998).