Hans-Joachim Braun, a native of Germany with background in wheat breeding based in Mexico, has led CIMMYT’s global wheat program since 2004.
Responsible for technical direction and implementation of the program, he leads and manages 40 internationally recruited scientists who develop wheat germplasm that is distributed to around 200 cooperators in wheat producing countries, and is grown on more than 50 percent of the spring wheat area in developing countries.
Braun lived in Turkey from 1985 to 2006 while leading the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program, and contributed to the development of more than 50 winter wheat varieties released mainly in West and Central Asia. Braun was instrumental in recognizing zinc deficiency and soil borne diseases as a major constraint for winter wheat production in West Asia’s dryland areas.
In his 35 years with CIMMYT, he has become familiar with all major wheat based cropping systems in the developing and developed world.