Management

Matthew Morell

Matthew MorellAs director general, Matthew is the institute’s chief executive officer (CEO), directly managing and administering its affairs in accordance with the policies and decisions of the IRRI Board of Trustees.

Jacqueline Hughes

Jacqueline HughesAs IRRI’s Deputy Director General for Research, Jackie oversees the institute’s global research agenda covering plant breeding, genetics, crop and environmental sciences, and social sciences.

Michael Bartlett

m bartlett thumbnailMichael is IRRI’s Director of Operations, and is in charge of managing the administration of IRRI headquarters and its country offices. His team provides support in different needs such as infrastructural development, risk management and quality assurance, and supply chain services.

George Kotch

George KotchAs the Head of Plant Breeding, George spearheads the development of innovation and innovative products at IRRI while designing and leading its R&D processes.

V. Bruce J. Tolentino

V. Bruce J. TolentinoBruce leads several key areas of IRRI programming: fund-raising, communication, and partnerships with donors, international and regional organizations, national governments, and agriculture-related ministries and agencies. He also oversees IRRI’s legal services.

Mark Gruner

Mark GrunerAs Director of Finance, Mark is in charge of making sure that IRRI has a strong fiduciary function, and the Institute is in optimal financial health.

Abdelbagi Ismail

Abdelbagi IsmailAbdel is IRRI Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa. He is also IRRI's overall coordinator of the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA).