After graduating, in 1974, from the Institute of Agricultural Technology in Algeria where he received his B.Sc., Lakhdar Boukerrou served as a cereal breeder and later was promoted to the position of Director of the second largest research station in Algeria. Dr. Boukerrou attended the University of Minnesota from 1982 to 1986 where he received his Ph.D. in plant breeding. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Boukerrou worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred International in the US and the Middle East. He later joined the Barley Breeding Program at the University of Minnesota as a Post-Doc. From 1988 to 1991 he served as Senior Scientist and later as Vice President of Agricultural Custom Research and Environmental Studies, Inc, where he oversaw the implementation of over 100 research projects. At the Center for International Research and Training in Agriculture, Inc., a company he founded and managed from 1991 to 1999, he designed, implemented and evaluated agriculture research and environmental projects for the major agricultural chemical and seed companies in the world. In addition, he designed, implemented, and evaluated training programs for participants from 19 countries. In 2004, Dr. Boukerrou was appointed Research Programs and Services Coordinator at the Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where his research is focusing on environmental projects related to water, land and the marine ecosystems. Dr. Boukerrou is also an Adjunct Professor in the FAU College of Business Executive MBA Program where he teaches global management of air, water and land.
As a team leader and consultant on international development and education projects, Dr. Boukerrou provided services to Fortune 500 companies, international organizations (IFAD, IDB, Global Mechanism, Global Environment Facility) and US and foreign government agencies (USAID, USDA). He also served in various capacities on over thirty Boards of professional and civic organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Water Web Consortium and is a Topic Editor of the Encyclopedia of Earth.