Bram Govaerts is Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director General for Research (Sustainable Production Systems and Integrated Programs), a.i. He also serves as director of CIMMYT’s Integrated Development Program, regional representative for the Americas and country representative for Mexico.
Since 2007, Govaerts has led the Latin America Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification strategy at CIMMYT. From 2003-2007 he was Research Associate with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven working in Ethiopia, India, Mexico and other countries. Govaerts holds a PhD in Bioscience Engineering – Soil Science, a master’s degree in Soil Conservation and Tropical Agriculture, and a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience Engineering, all from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
In 2003, Govaerts received the Development Cooperation Prize from the Belgian Federal Government. In 2014 he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application — endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and awarded by the World Food Prize — for the development of sustainable agricultural systems. In 2018 he received the Premio Tecnoagro, awarded by an organization of 2,500 Mexican farmers.