Dr. Ren Wang is the Special Advisor to the Chairman of BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, primarily guiding the organization’s strategy and major initiatives in international cooperation and agriculture. Before his appointment at BGI, he served as Assistant Director General of FAO’s Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, in Rome, Italy, between 2013 and 2018.
He began his career as a researcher (Assistant Research Professor, Associate Professor and Professor) at the Institute of Biological Control of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in 1985-1993. During that period, he pioneered China’s program of managing invasive exotic plants using the classical biological control approach. He was also the founding director of the joint Sino-American Biological Control Laboratory between the USDA and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture during 1987-1993. From 1993 to 1995, he was the Deputy Director, Programme Development of the International Institute of Biological Control (IIBC), CAB International, UK. In 1994, he was appointed by the Chinese State Council as Vice President of CAAS responsible for international relations, strategic research planning and supervision of 6 of the 38 research institutes of the academy. During 2000-2007, Dr. Wang served as Deputy Director General for Research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in the Philippines. In 2007, he became the Director of CGIAR based at the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA. In 2010, he returned to CAAS and was appointed as the First Vice President of the academy responsible for international cooperation and technology transfer. He also served as a member of the Standing Committee of the China Science and Technology Association, Vice Chair of the China Association for Agricultural Technology Extension, and Vice Chair of the China Rural Technology Services Association. Dr. Wang served on several high-level international boards and committees in the area of agriculture and agricultural research, and was an invited speaker at numerous conferences and forums in China and abroad.
Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Virginia, USA.