Dr. Ruben G. Echeverria

Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture

In April 2009, Ruben Echeverría became the director general of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Ruben has worked in agricultural and rural development for 30 years. In the 1980s he worked for the Uruguayan Land Reform Institute, heading its extension service. In the mid 1980s he did field research in Mexico and Guatemala, based at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. He then moved to the International Service for National Agricultural Research and worked on agricultural research policy issues and strengthening national research capacities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

In 1992 Ruben joined the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. As the Bank’s director of agriculture and rural development he promoted a regional rural development strategy for Latin America, the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology, and the Inter-Agency Group for Rural Development in Latin American countries. From 2004 to early 2009 he was the executive director of the CGIAR Science Council.

Ruben has a BSc in agronomy from the University of Uruguay, and a MSc and PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota.