Prabhu Pingali is a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with an appointment in the Department of Global Development (CALS). He is the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). Prior to joining Cornell, he was Deputy Director for the Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 through May 2013. Previous to that, he was Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agriculture and Development Economics Division from 2002-2007.
In addition, he worked with the CGIAR for 15 years from 1987-2002, first with IRRI in the Philippines, and then with CIMMYT in Mexico. Dr. Pingali is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and an AAEA Fellow. He has over four decades of experience working with some of the leading international agricultural development organizations as a research economist, development practitioner and senior manager. Pingali has written 14 books and over 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters on food policy. His work has been cited approximately 30,000 times in the academic literature and has influenced national food and agricultural policy and donor funding of several developing nations, including India.