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CGIAR Consortium recruits new Directors to strengthen its ability to deliver

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – The CGIAR Consortium announces the appointment of two key director level positions at the Consortium Office.  Luis Solorzano, Director of Staff, and Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication.  These appointments will bring fresh perspectives from premier organizations in philanthropy and research as well as the health and environment sectors.

The new Director of Knowledge Management and Communication, Mr. Piers Bocock will be responsible for strategically integrating knowledge management, communications and ICT through correlated activities that address organizational behaviors, processes, and technologies across the CGIAR Consortium.

In a career that spans nearly 20 years, Bocock initially worked in communications and subsequently in web-based communications, knowledge management and IT. He has experience from a wide range of institutions from consulting companies to USAID projects.

“I am thrilled to be joining CGIAR,” says Mr. Bocock.  “I am really looking forward to working with such a great organization, to help build on the collaboration and knowledge sharing that is already taking place.”

In addition to working for the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs, Bocock was the Senior Director for Communications and Knowledge Exchange at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and a Senior Development Specialist at Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI).  He has also taught on the subject of Knowledge Management for Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  Bocock has a track record as a visionary leader and manager, particularly in projects focused on “research-into-use.”

Dr Luis Solorzano (PhD Princeton 1999) is a scientist, an ecologist and a systems thinker.  As Director of Staff, he will be the project leader responsible for key CGIAR Consortium change management projects across science and finance.  A representative of the CEO, he will also be developing strategic partnerships with donors, both traditional and non-traditional.  Solorzano’s grounding as an evolutionary biologist with a solid basis in molecular biology and ecological modeling is complemented by clear and demonstrated management experience –this made him an obvious choice for CGIAR.

“It is both a privilege and a paramount responsibility to become a member of this exceptional scientific community”. said Dr Solorzano. “I can’t think of a more vital or inspiring contemporary endeavor than the one undertaken by CGIAR: accountable for producing and delivering the necessary knowledge to free the poorest from poverty and for humanity to craft a viable, healthy and equitable future.”

Since November 2010 Solorzano has served as an external advisor on climate change, adaptation and environmental monitoring to President Santos of Colombia.  Other roles include: Program Officer for Environmental Science at the Moore Foundation; Director of Environmental Science at Andes Amazon Initiative, and Lead Senior Science Program Officer at the Moore Foundation.  He has also worked as a scientist both with a large NGO (Conservation International) and with research organizations (such as the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute).

Both Luis Solorzano and Piers Bocock will join the CGIAR Consortium team in October.  We would like to warmly welcome these two new additions to the team, and we are looking forward to benefiting from their contributions, energies and vision as we continue with the commitments of the CGIAR reform.

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