Rodomiro Ortiz holds both BSc degree in biology, and MSc degree in plant breeding from the National Agricultural Univ. of Peru (UNALM), as well as a PhD degree in plant breeding and genetics from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He worked as a Researcher at UNALM, Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) in Perú, Rutgers Univ. in New Jersey, USA, and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria. He held a Nordic professorship in plant genetic resources at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural Univ. (KVL) in Denmark, and was the Director of the Genetic Resources and Enhancement Program at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, a Deputy-Director General, the Director of Research for Development, the Director of the Crop Improvement Division, an Officer in charge of the High Rainfall Station (Nigeria) and the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Centre (Uganda) of IITA, and the Director of the Intensive Agro-ecosystems Program, and of Resource Mobilization at Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) in Mexico. He is now Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). During his professional career, he has written in excess of 700 reports, of which about 45% are international refereed articles or edited book chapters. He has given 170 invited lectures, seminars, and international conference keynotes. He trained about 20 students who did their degree thesis under his advice. As a Research Manager, he facilitated the funding of many special projects through professional and personal interactions with development investors of the institutes of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). In 1994, the CGIAR awarded IITA the prestigious King Baudouin Award for the multidisciplinary research of the team working in plantain and banana improvement, in which Ortiz was both a hands-on researcher and a program leader.
Biography Updated on 22 December 2011