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. Prof. Jim Godfrey is the current chair of the BOT.

Jim Godfrey

Jim GodfreyJim 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.

Emerlinda R. Roman

Emerlinda R. RomanDr. 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.

Kaye E. Basford

Kaye E. BasfordKaye 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).

Jiayang Li

Jiayang LiJiayang Li is currently Vice Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and Professor of the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Matthew Morell

Matthew MorellAs director general, Matthew is the institute’s chief executive officer (CEO), directly managing and administering its affairs in accordance with the policies and decisions of the IRRI Board of Trustees.

Suthad Setboonsarng

Suthad SetboonsarngSuthad Setboonsarng is an economist currently serving as a board member of the Bank of Thailand, 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).

Tahlim Sudaryanto

Dr. Tahlim SudaryantoDr. Tahlim Sudaryanto is Senior Agricultural Economist at the Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS) under the Ministry of Agriculture, the Republic of Indonesia.

Subbanna Ayyappan

Subbanna AyyappanDr. 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.

Friedrich Berschauer

Friedrich BerschauerProf. 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.

Karen Moldenhauer

Karen MoldenhauerKaren A.K. Moldenhauer is a Professor of Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas and a holder of the Rice Industry Chair for Variety Development.

Alfredo E. Pascual

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

Rita Sharma

Rita SharmaDr. 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.