Harold Roy-Macauley is Managing Director, Regions and Partnership, CGIAR; and Director General of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice). He is a Sierra Leonean national and has nearly 30 years of experience in agricultural research for development with extensive leadership and management expertise. Before joining AfricaRice, he was the Executive Director of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), a leading sub-regional organization that coordinates and facilitates agricultural research and development activities in 22 countries in the region. He served previously as the Regional Director for World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in West and Central Africa. He has consulted for numerous international and bilateral organizations on the application of biosafety and biotechnology to agriculture, notably in Africa. He was the Managing Director for the Regional Center for Improving Adaptation to Drought (CERAAS) in Senegal, a research and training center of CORAF/WECARD that worked mainly on food crops grown in dry regions. He is fluently bilingual in English and French. He obtained his PhD degree in tropical plant biology in 1993 from the Université Denis Diderot in France, his MSc degree in tropical plant biology in 1988 from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie in France, and his BSc with honors in botany degree in 1982 from the University of Sierra Leone.