Retired Deputy Director
Agricultural Research and Development
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationGatesfoundation.org
Dr. Rob Horsch leads the Agricultural Research and Development team which manages a strategy and a portfolio of grants aimed at improving agricultural productivity, reducing farmer risk, and increasing nutrition of poor farmers and consumers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Rob was the leader of International Development Partnerships at Monsanto Company and involved in a number of public-private partnerships for agricultural development. Rob is a plant biologist and has served on the editorial boards of several leading journals in the plant sciences and as an advisor to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. He was awarded the 1998 National Medal of Technology by President Clinton for contributions to the development of agricultural biotechnology. Rob received his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Riverside, in 1979, and then conducted postdoctoral work in plant physiology at the University of Saskatchewan.