Project Leader for the Bangladesh Food Stocks Project with the Ministry of Food
Craig Meisner is an Agronomist, who has 35 years working experience in the field of agriculture and development. He graduated from North Carolina State University in Agronomy, emphasizing both tropical and temperate crops in 1976 and completed his Master’s with an Interdisciplinary degree in pathology, physiology, and crop production in 1979 from the same university. Moving for the first time to Bangladesh, he volunteered for a comprehensive village development project in Faridpur for 7 years. He returned to the USA and completed his Ph.D. on Agronomy/Crop Physiology from University of Georgia in 1990. He joined as Country Director for the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement from 1992-2005 rising to a Principle Scientist position. In 2005-2008 he worked with the International Fertilizer Development Center and also did consulting work with IRRI, then Apollo and Morgan Stanley Financial firms, doing due diligence for their ag investments throughout the world. Later he worked for the CAVAC value chain project on agricultural research and extension from 2009-2012 as Research and Extension Scientist in Cambodia. Moving back to Bangladesh, he was the Country Director of WorldFish Dhaka from 2012 -2016. He joined as a Consultant at NSF International where he is working part-time on seafood safety issues. Currently he joined IFPRI as a Senior Research Fellow for the Integrated Food Policy Research Program. He received the 2014 International Service Award from the American Society of Agronomy for distinguished work internationally.