Dr. Gutterson has been involved in plant biotechnology for nearly 30 years as an inventor with a scientific background in molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics. He is Vice President of Agricultural Biotechnology at DuPont Pioneer. Previously, Gutterson was Chief Executive Officer of Mendel from 2007 to 2014, following roles at Mendel as Vice President for Research & Development, President and Chief Operating Officer. Gutterson is section secretary of the food and agriculture governing board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and a member of the GrassRoots Biotechnology board of directors. Gutterson joined the CIMMYT Board of Trustees in September 2011, he is the chair of the Program Committee and a member of the Executive and Nomination committees. Gutterson holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley; a B.S. in chemistry from Yale University; and attended an executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a named inventor on more than three dozen patents and pending patent applications.
Martin Kropff serves as the Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) since June 2015. Before joining CIMMYT, Kropff was Rector Magnificus and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Center (Wageningen UR) in the Netherlands. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biology at Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental sciences at Wageningen University. In 1984, he was appointed assistant professor at Wageningen University. From 1990 to 1995, Kropff was the systems agronomist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, where he led an interdisciplinary program on the introduction of systems analysis and simulation in rice production research. Upon his return to the Netherlands in 1995, he served successively as Full Professor of Crop and Weed Ecology, Scientific Director of the University’s C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and Director General of the Plant Sciences Group. In 2005 he joined the Executive Board of Wageningen UR. Kropff played a key role in raising Wageningen UR’s profile worldwide. In 2013, he joined the CGIAR Consortium Board, where he worked to improve cohesion and develop a new CGIAR strategy.
Dahan received his Ph.D. in Crop Production and Physiology from Iowa State University. He has been at the INRA since 1983 and has held positions as Head of Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, Head of the Research Unit of Agronomy and Head of the Scientific Division of INRA. He now currently serves as Deputy Director/General Secretary of INRA Morocco. Dahan has previously served as the CGIAR Fund Council Representative of WANA and worked on steering committees at the EU IFAD Project and ACIAR Australia.