Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Visiting Professor, Environmental Science Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Sanchez is a visiting professor of tropical resources at the University of California, Berkeley's department of Environmental Science Policy and Management. His professional career has been dedicated to improving the management of tropical soils for sustained food production and protection of the natural resource base.

Dr. Sanchez is author of Properties and Management of Soils of the Tropics, editor of 10 other books, and author of more than 120 scientific articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, adjunct professor of Tropical Conservation at Duke University (USA), and honorary professor of the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana in Iquitos, Peru. He chairs the Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Commission of the International Soil Science Society.

Dr. Sanchez is the former director general of the International Center for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF) a position he held since 1991. Dr. Sanchez was responsible for the overall scientific leadership and management of the Center and he chairs ICRAF's Management Committee. In addition, he chaired the Global Steering Group of the systemwide Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn Programme and the Committee on Sustainability and the Environment of the CGIAR centre directors, and represented the CGIAR on the Soil Fertility Initiative for Africa.

He is co-editor-in-chief of Agroforestry Systems. Dr Sanchez is Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University (USA).

A native of Cuba, he received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in the USA. He joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1968.