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.