Võ Tòng Xuân
Dr. Võ Tòng Xuân (born 6 September 1940) is former Provost of Tân Tạo University (TTU), the former rector of An Giang University (AGU) and the former vice rector of Can Tho University. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation from 2002 until 2010.
He is known throughout southern Vietnam as Dr. Rice (as in a medical doctor) because of a popular television show which he presented that taught farmers better techniques for growing and cultivating rice. He was also instrumental in the eradication of the brown planthopper bug which, throughout the 1970s was destroying paddy rice. Part of the problem in eradicating the bug infestation was the type of collectivization imposes on the farmers of southern Vietnam. He also helped to bring about reforms in the early 1980s that can be seen as catalysts to the Doi Moi reforms of 1986.
His activities were a key driver of Vietnam becoming one of the world's largest rice exporters.
Notable Positions within International Organizations
- Member, Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation (2002 to date)
- Member, Board of Governors, Asian Institute of Management in Manila (1997 to date)
- Member, Board of Trustees of the International Potato Center at Lima, Peru (1996–99).
- Research fellow and trustee of the International Rice Research Institute.
Notable International Awards
- Recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding in 1993.
- Canada's Certificate of recognition for his "Dedication and contribution to the world of sciences"
- France's "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricole Medal"
- Japan's Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth
- Australia's 2005 ASTD Derek Tribe Award. Currently, he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology.