Prof. Robert S. Zeigler
Foreign Fellow, Elected 2015

Born in Pennsylvania, USA on 3 January 1951. Educated at University of Illinois, B.Sc. 1972; Oregon State University, M.Sc. 1978; Cornell University, Ph.D. 1982.

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Rice Research Institute, Laguna, Philippines, 2005 to date.

Technical Adviser, Burundi Maize Program, Institut des Sciences Agronomique du Burundi, 1982-85; Senior Staff, Plant Pathologist, 1985-92; and Leader, Rice Program, 1986-92, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture; Leader, Rainfed Lowland Rice Research Program, 1992-96 and Irrigated Rice Research Program, 1992-96, International Rice Research Institute; Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Director, Plant Biotechnology Center, Kansas State University, 1999-2004; Director, Generation Challenge Program, CGIAR, 2004-05. Chairman, Board of Directors, Association of International Agricultural Research Centers, 2008-2015.

Awards/Honours: Leadership in Science Public Service Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists (2013); International Plant Protection Award of Distinction from the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (2011); The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models from the United States Department of Agriculture (2010); Medal for the Cause of Science and Technology from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam (2010); The E.C. Stackman Award from the University of Minnesota (2009); Outstanding Alumnus of Oregon State University's College of Agriculture (2008); Time Magazine Global Innovator Award (2007); Medal of recognition "For the Cause of Agricultural Development in Vietnam," from the Government of Vietnam (2007); Who's Who in Agricultural Higher Education (2003); International Service Award (2001), the American Phytopathological Society; Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society of Agriculture-elected 2000); Outstanding Research Publication Award from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (1994 & 1996); Sigma Chi (1982). Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from TNAU, Coimbatore (2014), GBPUAT, Pantnagar (2011) and SVBPUAT, Modupuram (2007).

Fellow: American Phytopathological Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Research Areas: Plant pathology, sustainable disease management practices and disease resistance in rice; agricultural research and development management in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the US.

Address: Director General, International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, 4031, Laguna, Philippines; [Tel: Off. 63-2-5805618, 5805600; Fax: 63-2-8920354, 5805699; Email:]