Hans Herren

Dr. Herren’s main interests and experience are in the area of holistic, integrated and sustainable agriculture and development. He has hands-on experience in research, capacity development, management of agricultural and bio-science research organizations and is also active at the policy level, to assure that knowledge, science and technology contribute effectively to sustainable and equitable development by informing development policies at national, regional and global levels.

Professional Background:

  • President and CEO since May 2005 of the Millennium Institute USA;
  • Chief Executive and Director General, 1994 – 2004 of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Kenya;
  • Director Biological Control Program 1979 -1991 and Director Plant Health Management Division 1992 to 1994 at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria.

Other professional functions:

  • Coordinator of the Agriculture chapter of the UNEP Green Economy Report , 2011 and of the UNEP Report on the Ecological Bases of Food Security, 2012.
  • Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), 2003-2009.
  • Founder and President of Biovision.ch Foundation for Ecological Development, Switzerland, 1998-present.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Biological Control Division. Post-Doctoral position in entomology/agronomy 1977 - 1979.
  • Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland 1969 – 1977 (MSc in plant breeding and entomology; PhD in biological control of insect pests).

Awards and Honors:

Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize 2013)

One World Award 2010

World Food Prize 1995, in recognition for having advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity and availability of the world’s food supply

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2003 for outstanding contributions to the field of environmental health

Foreign Associate in US National Academy of Sciences in 1999

Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences since 2005