IRRI Trustees announce next director general

Dear IRRI Staff and Partners,

Matthew Morell next IRRI Director General
Matthew Morell, IRRI deputy director general for research, will succeed Robert Zeigler as director general of the world’s premier research center on rice starting December 2015.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), I take great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Dr. Matthew Morell as the next Director General of the Institute. Dr. Morell will take up the position in mid-December 2015.

Dr. Morell is currently IRRI’s Deputy Director General for Research (DDG-R), a position he has held since February 2014. As DDG-R, Dr. Morell has provided and continues to provide effective strategic leadership to the Institute’s scientific portfolio.

Dr. Morell brings to IRRI decades of experience driven by a passion for scientific excellence, an understanding of private-public partnerships, a tested understanding of identifiable patent outcomes and protection of intellectual property, and a sound capacity for stakeholder engagement. He has a solid track record in identifying, protecting, and managing intellectual property, as well as in establishing a means for strong compliance with the requirements of gene technology regulations, genetic modification stewardship, and occupational health and safety legislation.

Prior to his coming to IRRI, Dr. Morell worked with CSIRO, where he served for 16 years.

Dr. Morell holds a Ph.D. in agricultural chemistry from the University of Sydney. He did postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan and the University of California Davis and served as research fellow at the Australian National University.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Morell on his appointment as IRRI’s next Director General.

I also take this opportunity to thank our Director General, Dr. Robert Zeigler, who is retiring after a decade of inspired and steadfast leadership. We wish him all the best!

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(Sgd.) Emerlinda Roman
Chair
IRRI Board of Trustees