Iain Wright is Director of the Global Theme, People Livestock and the Environment at the International Livestock Research Institute.  The Theme conducts research across Africa and Asia to sustainably intensify mixed crop-livestock systems, reduce vulnerability in dryland pastoral and agro-pastoral systems, explore options for mitigation of the impacts of livestock on the environment and adaptation of livestock systems to climate change and on the interactions between livestock and the environment. He is also the Director General’s Representative in Ethiopia and Head of the Addis Ababa campus where over 300 staff are located.

From 2006 to 2011 he was the International Livestock Research Institute’s Regional Representative for Asia, based in New Delhi, coordinating ILRI’s activities in South Asia, South East Asia and China working with a wide range of public, private and civil society organisations.

Prior to joining ILRI he held a number of posts at the Macaulay Institute, Scotland.  His early research focused on improving productivity of livestock systems and developed to incorporate development of agricultural systems to achieve both agricultural and environmental objectives, the effect of policy on livestock systems and the role of agriculture in rural development. He managed a number of research programmers at the Macaulay Institute including the Institute’s research programme on Agro-Ecosystems, which included research on Land Use Change and Land Use Systems and their impacts.  From 2003 to 2006 he was Chief Executive of Macaulay Research Consultancy Services Ltd., the Macaulay Institute’s knowledge transfer company.

Dr. Iain Wright has a BSc (Agriculture) from University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Animal Nutrition from University of Edinburgh.  He has 30 years’ experience of conducting and managing research and development in Europe, Africa and Asia.