Rachid joined the ISPC Secretariat in December 2012, coming from ICARDA where he served as director of the research program on diversification and sustainable intensification of production systems (DSIPS) in Central and West Asia and North Africa. He is a crop scientist with a broad production systems background, having worked for more than 25 years with national and international research organizations. He holds a PhD in Agronomy and Crop Science from the University of Montpellier, and has published more than 200 scientific publications on a wide range of topics. Before ICARDA, he worked as professor at the University of Marrakech, as visiting research associate with USDA and University of Florida, as principal crop physiologist at ICRISAT (India), Technical Officer with the joint FAO-IAEA Division in Vienna (Austria), and at IRRI (Philippines) as leader of the rice drought frontiers research. He has trained dozens of graduate students and postdocs, and serves on several international scientific panels and editorial boards. His research interests include crop adaptation to abiotic stresses and climate change, and sustainable natural resource management in unfavorable environments.