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Martin Kropff

Martin Kropff

Director General, CIMMYT

Martin Kropff joined CIMMYT as Director General in 2015, after working at Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands, where he was Rector Magnificus and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board for almost 10 years.  During his tenure, student numbers doubled and the university reached a world ranking as the top university and research center for agricultural and food sciences.

He earned undergraduate degrees at Utrecht University and a Doctoral degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Wageningen.

From 1995, he served in several successive roles at Wageningen UR, including as Director General of the Plant Sciences Group and on the Executive Board. From 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors of CGIAR and from 2015 to 2018 he chaired the System Management Board of the CGIAR.