Dr. Eija Pehu joined the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank in 2000 as the Science Advisor. She led the Department’s program on agricultural research, extension and innovation interacting with both external partners including the CGIAR and academia as well as national and regional research organizations involved in the field operations supported by the World Bank.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Pehu was a Professor of Agronomy and Head of the Department of Plant Production at the University of Helsinki and the founder and science director of two start-up companies in the Helsinki Science Park. She earned her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.Sc. degree from the Department of Crop Production, University of Helsinki with her field work conducted in Tanzania and India.
Dr. Pehu has published extensively in cellular biology, physiology and biotechnology of crops, and also in tropical agriculture and international development. Her major interests in development are institutional designs of organizing science and innovation, including public-private partnerships and uptake pathways for new technologies. In all her development work she has an interest to understand and integrate gender.