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Achim Dobermann is the Director & Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research, the world’s oldest agricultural research institution. In this role he provides leadership for a wide range of research programs that aim to develop new solutions for sustainable management of agricultural systems.

Achim has over 25 years work experience as an expert on science and technology for sustainable agricultural development in all world regions. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in tropical agriculture from the University of Leipzig in Germany and started his research career as a PhD student in the late 1980s, doing field research in a village in southern Russia. He joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines in 1992, followed by an appointment as Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2000 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Deputy Director General for Research at IRRI, where he also led the development of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a unique partnership platform that includes over 900 public, civil society and private sector partners.

Achim has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers and several books and has received numerous awards from various academic, government and industry organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Society of Biology (UK). Within the SDSN, he is the Co-Chair of Thematic Group 7 on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.