Stephen Mugo is a principal scientist and maize breeder with CIMMYT’s global maize program. He has been a principal investigator and project leader for several research projects, and currently leads CIMMYT’s Water Efficient Maize For Africa project, which improves maize for drought tolerance and insect resistance using conventional and transgenic technologies in eastern and southern Africa. A native Kenyan, he also serves as CIMMYT’s Africa regional representative and Kenya country representative, where he manages CIMMYT’s office in Kenya and provides administrative and liaison oversight of offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Harare, Zimbabwe.
Mugo holds a bachelors in agriculture from the University of Nairobi, a masters in agronomy from the University of Missouri and doctorate in plant breeding and genetics from Cornell University. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has several book chapters.