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Jean Balié

Jean Balié

Director General


As Director General of the International Rice Research Institute, Dr. Jean Balié sets the global strategic direction of the institute and manages its affairs in accordance with the policies and decisions of the IRRI Board of Trustees.

Jean joined IRRI in 2018 as Head of the Agri-Food Policy Platform, and before becoming DG served as Research Director for Research and External Engagement.

Jean has over two decades of experience in leadership and expertise developing policies for agriculture, food, and rural development. Before coming to IRRI, Jean worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Senior Economist, Program Manager, and Team Leader.

He earned his Doctorate of Agricultural Economics at the University of Göttingen in Germany, and has Master’s degrees from Montpellier SupAgro, École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (ENSAT), and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).