B.M. Prasanna


B.M. Prasanna is the Director of CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program (since 2010) and of the CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE (since June 1, 2015). Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Prasanna leads a multi-disciplinary CIMMYT-Global Maize Program team of 45 scientists located in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining CIMMYT, Prasanna served as a faculty member and maize geneticist at the Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, under ICAR, for nearly two decades. Since 2012, Prasanna has led intensive multi-institutional efforts to effectively tackle Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) in eastern Africa, overseen the establishment of state-of-the-art Maize Doubled Haploid (DH) Facility in Kiboko, Kenya in 2013, and led the development of several successful public-private partnership projects. He has been recognized with several awards and honors in India for his contributions to maize research, post-graduate teaching and human resource development.