Shenggen Fan was appointed Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in December 2009. He joined IFPRI in 1995 as a Research Fellow and led IFPRI’s Programme on public investment before becoming the Director of IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. Prior to working at IFPRI, he held positions at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in the Netherlands and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Arkansas. He received his PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China. His research, which has been widely published, has centered on pro-poor development strategy, pro-poor investment, and rural-urban linkages in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has served in editorial boards of various academic journals and is currently an Executive Committee member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.