Elwyn Grainger-Jones

Managing Director, Institutional Strategy and Systems

Elwyn Grainger-Jones is an experienced leader and change manager with a deep understanding of development, food systems transformation and climate change. Elwyn’s role as Managing Director adds to his responsibilities as Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization, where he has worked with partners to help initiate the creation of One CGIAR, among other achievements.

Prior to joining CGIAR, he spent over 20 years working in a range of government institutions and development banks, where he held various leadership and change management positions, including Director of Policy, Partnerships and Operations at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in the World Bank; Director of the Environment and Climate Department in the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Head of the Climate and Environment Department at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He has worked with countries across the world, including leading a World Bank export diversification study in Botswana; supporting DFID’s work in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; and supporting the Government of Guyana as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow. He holds an MSc in Economics.

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