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Dr. Thomas Oberthür

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International Plant Nutrition Institute
Maritime Piazza,
Karpal Singh Drive,
11600 Penang,
Thomas Oberthür is a native of Germany. He received the degree of Diploma Engineer (equivalent to Master of Science) in 1994 through Leipzig University in Germany based on research conducted at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines on spatial soil fertility management in irrigated rice. He then earned his Ph.D. in Geography in 1999 at the University of Western Australia, Perth on improving land resource information and its management in heterogeneous rain-fed environments. In 2004, he earned Project Management Certification through Crawford Masters Class in Management in Sydney, Australia.

Before joining IPNI as the Director of the Southeast Asia Program, Dr. Oberthür worked for the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in research and program operations management and was responsible for a wide range of adaptive and market driven research projects in Eastern Indonesia. Previously, Dr. Oberthür was with Ecoagriculture Partners (EP) from 2007 to 2008 and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) from 1999 to 2007.

As a manager and senior soil scientist, Dr. Oberthür had a scientific focus on site-specific soil and land management and spatial analysis of production systems. He has worked extensively with the food sector industry and has served as an adviser to projects related to coffee-growing communities.


Ph.D 1999 University of Western Australia (Geography / Soils)
M.Sc. (Dip. Eng.) 1994 University of Leipzig (Agronomy and Soil Science)