Dr. B.M. Prasanna is the Director of Global Maize Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) & Leader of the OneCGIAR Plant Health Initiative Development Team. Prasanna is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He provides technical oversight for an array of multi-institutional projects on development and deployment of elite, stress resilient and nutritionally enriched maize varieties in the tropics of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prasanna has been leading CIMMYT’s efforts, together with international and national partners, in tackling the challenges of Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) in Africa, and Fall Armyworm in both Africa and Asia. Before joining CIMMYT in 2010, Prasanna served the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, for nearly two decades in various capacities. He published over 200 research articles in various international journals of repute, and has received several awards and professional honors during his professional career.