CGIAR System Council

Led by a Chair who is appointed by the System Council for a four-year term, the System Council is comprised of the following voting members and alternates, ex-officio non-voting members and active observers.

Pursuant to the CGIAR System Framework, all System Council members and Active Observers act in the interests of the CGIAR System.

Every three years, eligible Funders and developing countries* consult and agree upon their constituencies, which may comprise one or more governments or organizations. The current allocation of Funders is based on consultations undertaken in 2016.

The rules and procedures governing how each constituency operates are determined by the constituencies themselves.

Download: System Council Composition

Leadership, Ex-officio non-voting members

Chair of the System Council
(Serving a second four-year term effective from July 12, 2020)
Juergen Voegele
Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Appointed by the System Council for each meeting from amongst its voting members

20 Voting members, July 2016 – June 2021*

CGIAR System Council constituency selection process

*Based on decision SC/M7/DP4 to extend reconciliation of Funder seating
**Denotes one of the five developing country constituencies of the System Council

No Constituency/Country Member Alternate (optional)
1 African Development Bank Martin Fregene
Director of Agriculture
Ken Johm
Lead Agricultural Economist
2 Australia Andrew Campbell
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Julianne Biddle
Director Multilateral Engagement,
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
3 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Tony Cavalieri
Senior Program Officer, Agriculture Development
Enock Chikava
Deputy Director, Agriculture Development
4 Canada Stephen Potter
Director, Agriculture and Food Systems Division, Global Issues and Development Branch, Global Affairs Canada
Alexandra Johnson
Senior Policy Advisor, Agriculture and Food Systems Division, Global Issues and Development Branch, Global Affairs Canada
5 East Asia and Pacific**
(China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand)
CHINA (Jul 2016 end-2019)
Hao Weiping
Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation (CAAS)
INDONESIA (Jul 2016 end-2019)
Djati Wicaksono
Director of Research Center for Social Economy Policy and Climate Change
6 European Commission Christophe Larose
Head of Sustainable agriculture sector, DEVCO C1, European Commission
7 Germany and Belgium Sebastian Lesch
Head of Division “International Agricultural Policy, Agriculture, Innovation,” Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Carol Durieux
Attaché, expert agriculture, food security and water, FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
8 Japan

Hidenobu Maekawa
Senior Deputy Director
Global Environment Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Fumiaki Sato
Deputy Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation, Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
9 Latin America and Caribbean**
(Brazil, Colombia and Peru)
Jorge Mario Diaz Luengas
Executive Director, Agrosavia, The Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research
BRAZIL (2020)
Pedro Luiz Oliveira de Almeida Machado
Coordinator, Embrapa Labex Europe, Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
10 Mexico Jorge Rueda Sousa
Minister Counselor of Mexico’s Agricultural Office for Europe / SAGARPA Mission of Mexico to the EU
Miguel Narvaez
Agricultural Counselor for Mexico’s Agricultural Office for Europe / SAGARPA Mission of Mexico to the EU
11 The Netherlands Wijnand van IJssel
Knowledge Policy Coordinator Food Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
12 Norway Even Stormoen
Senior Adviser, Section of Energy, Climate and Food Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Daniel van Gilst
Senior Adviser, Norad
13 South Asia**
(Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka)
T. Mohapatra
Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

BANGLADESH (20202021)

SRI LANKA (Jan 2018 end-2019)

14 Sub-Saharan Africa**
(Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda)
NIGERIA (Jul 2016 end-2019)

Garba Hamidu Sharubutu

Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)

SUDAN (Jan 2018 end-2019) 

Adil Omer Salih Abdelrahim
Acting Director General, Agricultural Research Corporation

KENYA (Jul 2016 Dec 2017)

15 Sweden AnnaMaria Oltorp
Head, Unit for Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
Philip Chiverton
Senior Consultant to Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) on CGIAR matters, c/o Unit of Research Cooperation
16 Switzerland Michel Evéquoz
Senior Advisor, Global Program Food Security Swiss Development Cooperation
17 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Alan Tollervey
Howard Standen
18 United States Robert Bertram
Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
Eric Witte
Senior International Affairs Specialist, USAID
19 West Asia & North Africa**
(Turkey and Iran; Member and Alternate rotates each 2 years)
TURKEY (From July 1, 2020)
İlhan Aydın
Deputy Director General, Agricultural Research and Policies, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
IRAN (From July 1, 2020)
Rasoul Zare
Vice President, Agricultural Research, Education & Extension Organization (AREEO)
(Note: previously member from July 2018-June 2020)
20 The World Bank Mark Cackler
Practice Manager, Global Practice for Agriculture
Michael Morris
Lead Agriculture Economist

Ex-officio non-voting members

The following 6 System Council seats are additional to the 2 ex-officio non-voting members held by the System Council Chair and the Co-Chair, the latter of whom is appointed by the System Council each meeting from amongst the voting members.
No Organization Member Alternate (optional)
21 Chair of the CGIAR System Board Marco Ferroni
22 Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization Elwyn Grainger-Jones
Executive Director
23 Representative appointed by the Centers – 1 Nicole Birrell
Convener of the Center Board Chairs
24 Representative appointed by the Centers – 2 Gareth Johnstone
Convener of the Center Directors General
25 Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Bukar Tijani
Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AG)
Selvaraju Ramasamy
Head, Research and Extension Unit (AGDR)
26 International Fund for Agricultural Development Paul Winters
Associate Vice President, Strategy and Knowledge Department
Malu Ndavi
Lead Technical Specialist, Programme Management Department

Active Observers

Active Observers have the right to participate in deliberations of the System Council and to propose agenda items and make presentations for such deliberations. Active Observers do not have the right to vote.
No Organization Member Alternate (optional)
27 Global Forum on Agricultural Research GFAR Chair (or designate)
28 CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council Holger Meinke
ISDC Chair
Strategic Research Professor for Global Food Sustainability, University of Tasmania

Invited Guests

Representatives of each of the following are invited to System Council meetings:

  • France, in its capacity as the Host Country of the CGIAR System Organization
  • The Chair of the System Council’s Assurance Oversight Committee
  • The Chair of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment
  • The Trustee of the CGIAR Trust Fund (the World Bank)