Martin Kropff has been CIMMYT’s Director General since 2015.
He joined CIMMYT from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. He earned undergraduate degrees at Utrecht University and a doctoral degree in agricultural and environmental sciences at Wageningen. In the early 1990s, Kropff was a systems agronomist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.
Kropff is an ex officio member of CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees and some of the center’s committees. In 2015-2016, Kropff led the development of CIMMYT’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, which aligns with the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework 2016-2030 and outlines CIMMYT’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. He also helped to frame the “One CIMMYT” philosophy, which encourages staff to work toward a shared mission and vision.
Kropff believes in looking at maize and wheat research through an agri-systems lens and is an avid supporter of youth in research. Ever since his studies in Utrecht and Wageningen, he has been passionate about crop modelling, a key aspect of CIMMYT’s research.
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