Title: Regional Director (Asia)
Citizenship: United States
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Profile Summary: As regional director for the International Potato Center (CIP) in Asia, Sam provides programmatic oversight for research and development portfolio; provides leadership in regional operational systems; and plays representational role for CIP in the region, with a focus on India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Sam, an American National, holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.Sc. from University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. He brings over 20 years of experience with skills in Research Management, Fund Raising, Commodity Markets, Research Funding, Asset Management, Policy and Trade Analysis.
Sam joins CIP after working as Principal Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute – IRRI in Philippines and previously as Head and Senior Economist for the Social Sciences Division in IRRI since 2008. Previously, he also worked as Associate Professor and Associate Director for Cotton Economics Research Institute at Texas Tech University and scientist at Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at Iowa State University.
Languages: English (fluent), Hindi (fluent), and Oriya (fluent)