Arun Kumar Joshi

A native of India, Dr. Joshi is working as South Asia Regional Director, CIMMYT and Managing Director, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA). He is also a former Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at Banaras Hindu University. He has research and teaching experience of more than 30 years. Dr. Joshi is a fellow of the three most prestigious science academies in India – Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Agriculture Sciences and National Academy of Science in India. In 2014, he was awarded Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT Mentor Award from Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, Cornell, USA.


Dr. Joshi has contributed to the development and release of more than three dozen wheat varieties in India and south Asia and has handled largescale seed production programs. He has solved major issues with respect to spot blotch, terminal heat tolerance, drought tolerance and grain micronutrient (Zn and Fe) concentration in wheat. Also, he has made significant contribution on breeding wheat under conservation agriculture and for biofortified wheat. In addition, he has educated hundreds of farmers and researchers. His research findings are published in more than 130 refereed journal articles; 7 books, book chapters, and reviews; 77 symposia proceedings and has one patent.