2012 Hodson Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Abdelaziz Lagnaoui

Dr. Abdelaziz ("Aziz") Lagnaoui is a distinguished alumnus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), University of Minnesota. He received his M.S. in 1990 and Ph.D. in 1991 from the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Edward (Ted) B. Radcliffeserved as his Major Professor for both degrees. As a graduate student, Aziz was a Linnaean Games Team Member representing the department at the Entomological Society of America (ESA) conferences from 1986 through 1989. The team won in both 1986 and 1988.

In 1991, Dr. Lagnaoui went to work for the International Potato Center (CIP) Regional Office for North Africa and the Middle East, based in Tunis. In this capacity he worked to develop collaboration between national programs in the region and took the lead in coordinating research activities. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Lagnaoui was project leader for integrated pest management (IPM) for root and tuber crops at the CIP, based in Lima, Peru. In this position he directed IPM research and training programs worldwide, and has now worked in more than 30 countries.

Dr. Lagnaoui has been widely published and acknowledged throughout his distinguished career for his ability to work across cultures and disciplines. Since his first position with the international Potato Center (CIP) in Tunisia and Peru, to his current position, Aziz has taken on increasingly challenging agricultural and community development mandates. He is currently the Senior Pest Management Policy Adviser for the Quality Assurance and Compliance Unit of the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Group (ESSD) with the World Bank, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Dr. Lagnaoui works with some of the world's poorest countries on sustainable development by creating partnerships among public, private, and non-governmental sectors.

In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for outstanding achievements. On May 14th, the Department of Entomology was proud to honor Dr. Lagnaoui with the 2012 Hodson Graduate Alumni Award, University of Minnesota.

He presented a talk titled, "IPM: CHallenges and Opportunities in Developing Countries - A World Bank Perspective".