Member, Board of Trustees
Dr. Seong-Hee Lee is the former director general of the National Institute of Crop Science (NICS), Rural Development Administration (RDA) in Suwon, South Korea. He now serves as consultant to various projects of the Korean government and is lecturing on plant physiology and experimental statistics at National Andong University.
He worked for various agricultural technical and research institutions in Korea such as the National Seed Production and Distribution Office and National Agricultural Materials Inspection Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), the Agro-chemicals Research Institute, Wheat and Barley Research Institute, and International Technical Cooperation Center (ITTC) of the RDA. He also served as director of the ITTC and head of the Research Planning Division of the Research Management Bureau in RDA.
Before becoming director general of NICS, Dr. Lee served as director general of most of the Korean agricultural research institutions under RDA. These are the Agricultural Resources Department at the National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, National Highland Agricultural Research Institute, National Honam Agricultural Research Institute, and National Youngnam Agricultural Research Institute.
Dr. Lee has published five books and more than 180 scientific papers and technical articles on agriculture. He has also participated in 45 international projects and meetings as the national representative or project coordinator for FAO, UNDP, UNIDO, Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC), CGIAR centers, Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Council for Partnership on Rice Research in Asia (CORRA), and others.
He holds membership and senior positions in 15 local and international scientific and technical societies and academic institutions and has served as chair of CORRA (2004-2005). He was president of the Korean Society of International Agricultural Development (2006-2007) and of the Korean Society of Reclaimed-Land Agriculture (2003-2004). Dr. Lee was also vice president of the Korean Crop Science Society (2005-2006). He served in the Organizing Committee of the 5th International Crop Science Congress (2004-present), Korean Society of Wheat and Barley Development (2003-2004), Korean Society of Rice Development (2005-2007), Korean Society of Seed Industry Development (2005-present), and Korean Society of North Korean Agriculture (2003-2006). He was also concurrent professor at the Postgraduate Schools of Chunbuk University (2004-2005) and at Kangwon University (2005-2006).
Dr. Lee earned his BS in agricultural science, major in agronomy at the Seoul National University in 1979; then, his Diploma in Agricultural Science and PhD in plant science at Lincoln University College of Canterbury University in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He also took a policy development course for top-ranking officers in 2001 at the Central Government Officials’ Training Institute.