George Kotch

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George Kotch

As the Head of Plant Breeding, George spearheads the development of innovation and innovative products at IRRI while designing and leading its R&D processes.

He has over 20 years of experience in Research Management built on a successful vegetable breeding career, including as the Head of Vegetable Research at Syngenta, Regional Vice President of R&D for HM.Clause (Limagrain) and R&D Director at Seminis. He also spent time in academia as a visiting industry scientist at University of California, Davis and North Carolina State. Just prior to joining IRRI, George was the President and Founder of a consulting firm specializing in developing Agri-Business companies and technology assessments.


  • Strategic R&D Development
  • Innovation Creation and Management
  • Decision Making
  • Resource & Talent Management
  • Collaboration Development
  • Change Management


  • PhD Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS Genetics, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS Biology, University of Scranton


  • Head, Plant Breeding, IRRI, Philippines (2015-present)
  • President and Owner, George Kotch and Associates Consulting, USA (January 2015-October 2015)
  • VP of R&D (Americas/Pacific Rim), HM.Clause (Limagrain), USA (2013-2014)
  • Visiting Scientist, University of California, Davis / North Carolina State University, USA (2012-2013)
  • Head, Global Vegetable R&D, Syngenta, Switzerland (2011-2012)
  • Global Vegetable Crop R&D Leader, Syngenta, USA (2009-2011)
  • Head, NAFTA Vegetable R&D, Syngenta, USA (2003-2008)
  • Global Vegetable Crop R&D Leader, Seminis, USA (2000-2003)
  • Station Manager & Vegetable Plant Breeder, Seminis (Asgrow/Petoseed), USA (1987-2000)

 George Kotch

George Kotch
Head, Plant Breeding Division

International Rice Research Institute
Los BaƱos, Laguna

+63 2 580 5600
ext 2607 / 2219