Rodomiro Ortiz holds both B.S. degree in biology (with honors) and M.S. degree in plant breeding and statistics from the National Agricultural University of Peru (UNALM), as well as a Ph.D. degree in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He worked as a Researcher at UNALM, Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) in Perú, Rutgers University 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 University (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 of Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) in Mexico. He is now the Director of Resource Mobilization at CIMMYT. During his professional career, he has written in excess of 650 reports, of which about 45% are international refereed articles (combined impact factor above 237 as per ISI journal average) or edited book chapters. He has given 140 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 17 April 2008