President Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

Maurício Lopes, a plant geneticist by training, received his BSc degree in Agronomy (1983) from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, his MS degree in Plant Genetics (1989) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and his PhD in Molecular Biology (1993) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He was the leader of the Maize Breeding Program (1993-1995) and Head of Research and Development (1995-1999) of the Embrapa Maize and Sorghum Center, in Sete Lagoas, MG. From January 2000 to April 2007 he was the Head of Research and Development of Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology.  Dr. Lopes major scientific contributions include the development and release of improved maize germplasm, capacity building activities, and many research papers and book chapters.  His contributions in R&D strategic planning and management include coordination of the process that led to the development and implementation of Embrapa´s current R&D Management System; coordination and implementation of a Competitive Grants Process within the Embrapa Management System; scenario and foresight analysis to support strategic planning at Embrapa, among others.  Dr. Lopes served in a number of national and international committees, missions, panels and working groups related to agricultural R&D including, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Dr. Lopes was recipient of the 2007 Embrapa R&D Excellence Award, granted in recognition to his contributions as R&D manager at the Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Center. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, in London, and member of the Scientific Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, in Bonn - Germany. Currently, he is the President of Embrapa.