Professor Achim Dobermann is the Director & Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research in the UK, where he provides leadership for a wide range of research programs that aim to develop solutions for the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems. He has over 30 years of research experience from all world regions. He received a M.Sc. degree in tropical agriculture and a PhD degree in soil science from the University of Leipzig in Germany.
In 1992 he joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a soil scientist, followed by an appointment as Professor for Soil Science and Nutrient Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2000 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 he was the Deputy Director General for Research at IRRI. He is an Editor of the international journal Global Food Security. As a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (unsdsn.org) Professor Dobermann contributes to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. He currently also leads the Africa Soil Information Services Project, or also known as AfSIS.