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IRRI Trustees Appoint Next Director General

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) appoints Matthew Morell as its next director general. Morell will take up the position in December.
Morell is currently IRRI’s deputy director general for research (DDG-R), a position he has held since February 2014. As DDG-R, Morell has provided and continues to provide effective strategic leadership to the Institute’s scientific portfolio.
Morell brings to IRRI decades of experience driven by a passion for scientific excellence, an understanding of private-public partnerships, a tested understanding of identifiable patent outcomes and protection of intellectual property, and a sound capacity for stakeholder engagement. He has a track record in identifying, protecting, and managing intellectual property, as well as in establishing a means for strong compliance with the requirements of gene technology regulations, genetic modification stewardship, and occupational health and safety legislation.