Dr Bas Bouman, currently Head of the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), has been named Director of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP)—the CGIAR research program for rice—effective 1 September 2012.
GRiSP streamlines current rice research for development activities of CGIAR and aligns them with more than 900 rice research and development partners worldwide. It operates under the overall leadership of IRRI, which also oversees the activities in Asia.
The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is leading the GRiSP work in Africa and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in the Latin America & Caribbean region. The Agricultural Research Centre for InternationalDevelopment (CIRAD), the Research Institute for Development (IRD) and the Japan International ResearchCenter for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) are playing a strategic role in GRiSP.
Dr Bouman was selected through an open, competitive recruitment process that included an extensive global search. He has a strong background in agricultural research for development, a proven record of strategic thinking and research leadership, and demonstrated experience in managing interdisciplinary teams and large research programs.
Dr Bouman will take over from Dr Achim Dobermann, who has held the role of GRiSP Director since GRiSP was launched in November 2010, in addition to being IRRI's Deputy Director General for Research.