Chicago Booth logo

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Skip navigation
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
AboutContactVisitGSB Home

Talk on Transformational Leadership Experience within a Social Enterprise

July 19, 2014: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Join us for a transformational leadership presentation followed by Q&A by William Dar, Director General of International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). 


Gleacher Center
Room 308
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, IL


No Charge


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch and Learn


Register Online
Deadline: 7/19/2014


Deepak Bangalore, '15, Booth E/W Student

Event Details

Are you interested in learning how to turn around an organization, more specifically a social enterprise? Are you interested to learning how to raise funds from Development Banks, Foundations and creating a Public Private Partnership? Are you interested in pursuing career opportunities within a Social Enterprise organization?


ICRISAT ( headquartered in India and with regional hubs in West Central Africa(Kenya) and East-Southern Africa(Mali) is a non-profit, pro-poor organization and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food secure future (

Vision & Mission

ICRISAT's vision is a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. Its mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics

Approach - IMOD

ICRISAT innovations help the dryland poor move from poverty to prosperity by harnessing markets while managing risks – a strategy called Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (lMOD). IMOD is a progression from subsistence to market-oriented agriculture, empowering smallholder farm families and building their resilience on the path to prosperity.

Development Outcomes:

ICRISAT strives to achieve the following development outcomes:
1. Food sufficiency: Smallholder farmers in the dryland tropics producing sufficient food from grain legume and dryland cereal systems to meet their food needs.
2. Intensification: Smallholder farmers capturing additional market opportunities from sustainably intensified and value-added grain legume and dryland cereal systems.
3. Diversification: Smallholder farmers diversifying their crops, systems and products achieving major value gains.
4. Resilience: Smallholder farmers/households maintaining food, nutritional and economic security during periods of environmental and economic shocks.
5. Health and Nutrition: Smallholder households consuming more nutritious and safe diets.
6. Women Empowerment: Women in smallholder households engaging in and benefiting from the IMOD approach.

Overall Guiding Principle:

ICRISAT strongly advocates and practices Science with a Human Face – research not for its own sake, but dedicated to the poorest of the poor. Its strategy is to mobilize the power of science and technology for development, food security, poverty alleviation and environmental protection, in partnership with similarly oriented agencies and organizations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the dryland tropics of the world.

Speaker Profiles

Dr. William Dollente Dar (Speaker)
Director General , International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics

William Dollente Dar, PhD, is the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India. 

Dr Dar served as Presidential Adviser for Rural Development, Secretary of Agriculture in the Philippines, Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) and Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA).

He holds a PhD in Horticulture from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, an MS (Agronomy) and BS in Agricultural Education from Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, and several honorary doctorates.

He has received a number of awards and honors, including the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines, Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year, Crop Science Society of the Philippines' Achievement Award for Research Management, Outstanding Science Administrator given by the Philippines Department of Science and Technology, the 2007 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award in the field of Agriculture by the Professional Regulatory Commission of the Philippines.

The latest international recognition of his work includes the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) Special Award for Biotechnology and Life Sciences sector 2014, the "Excellence in Agricultural Leadership Award" by the Association of Agricultural Technology in Southeast Asia (AATSEA) in November 2013, and the prestigious MS Swaminathan Award for Leadership in Agriculture in June 2013. In April 2010, ICRISAT led by Dr Dar won the CGIAR's Science Award for Outstanding Partnership together with the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), for improving the lives of women and children in West Africa. In 2008, it had won for the fifth time the King Baudouin Award (the most prestigious in the CGIAR) along with eight other Centers.


Give Online

The safest investment you'll make this year