Area: Director General’s Office
Title: Interim Director General
Location: Lima, Peru
Profile Summary: Dr. Oscar Ortiz is the interim Director General at the International Potato Center (CIP), where he has worked for more than two decades, making major contributions to the organization’s research and programs. An agronomist by training, Oscar began his career at CIP in 1992 working on impact assessments of integrated pest management as a member of the Social Sciences Department. He was the leader of the Integrated Crop Management Research Division from 2004 to 2011 and was the leader of the Integrated Crop and systems Research Global Program in 2012, when he was appointed Deputy Director of Research for Regional Science Programs. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Director General for Research and Development.
Oscar has spent a decade leading and managing interdisciplinary teams involving both biophysical and social sciences. He has extensive experience in participatory research and training related to integrated insect and disease control; integrated crop management; agronomy and seed management; impact assessment of research and extension activities; and the use of agricultural knowledge and information systems and innovation system approaches for research and development. He has a PhD in agricultural innovation and rural development from the University of Reading, U.K. and has published extensively in peer review journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.
Languages: Spanish, English