Carlos Iglesias


Carlos Iglesias is the Director of the Plant Breeding Consortium and Professor in Horticultural North Carolina State University.

He grew up in a small farming community in SW Uruguay, getting his BSc at the University of Uruguay.  He got his MSc and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding at Iowa State University.  Later in his career, he got an MSc in Ag Econ from Purdue University and an MBA in Food and Agribusiness from Indiana University.

Carlos has experience in the public (the University of Uruguay and CIAT in Colombia) and private sectors (Weaver Popcorn and Syngenta).  He has directly worked or managed programs on different species (corn, cassava, popcorn, wheat, and peas); and has experience in North America, Brazil, Argentina), as well as Sub-Saharan Africa.

He is the creator of several varieties and hybrids still being grown, and his major focus has been linking plant breeding to high-value markets. Before joining NCSU, he was managing Syngenta’s North American Wheat Business Unit, a self-sustain unit supported by royalties from the seed business.