William D. Dar, PhD

August 29, 2008 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

Willie is   a man on a mission and a champion of the poor. His passion is to help alleviate the conditions of those  living in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

As an educator,  agricultural scientist, administrator, and humanitarian in the  Philippines and abroad, Willie has made many significant contributions  throughout his career.  Prior to joining ICRISAT, Willie served as Presidential Adviser for Rural Development, and Secretary of Agriculture in the Philippines.  He  was also  Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) and Vice President for R&D and Professor of Benguet State University (BSU), Philippines.

Willie was also member of the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger and currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

He has received a number of awards and honors, including the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines, Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year, Crop Science Society of the Philippines’ Achievement Award for Research Management and Outstanding Science Administrator given by the Philippine’s Department of Science and Technology.  In 2003, he was awarded the “For the Sake of Agriculture and Rural Development Award” in Vietnam. Recently, he was recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award in the field of agriculture awarded by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippine Government.

Willie is  the first Filipino and Asian to assume leadership of  ICRISAT which has become a  center of  excellence  under  his  motto, “Science with a Human Face”.

Source:  http://www.icrisat.org/dgbiography.htm

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