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

23 Voting members*

CGIAR System Council constituency selection process

*As per latest update on 18 September 2023
**Denotes one of the five developing country constituencies of the System Council
*** Denotes Funders that meet the criteria as per Annex B, CGIAR System Framework

No Constituency/Country Member Alternate (optional)
1 African Development Bank Martin Fregene
Department of Agriculture and Agro-Industry
Innocent Musabyimana
Chief Agricultural Technologies Officer and TAAT Coordinator
2 Australia Wendy Umberger
Chief Executive Officer,
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Bosibori Bett
Acting Director, Multilateral Engagement, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
3 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Ruben Echeverria
Senior Advisor, Agriculture Development
Renee Lafitte
Deputy Director, Crops R&D
4 Canada Hong-Won Yu
Director of Food Security
Global Affairs Canada
Flora Mak
Deputy Director
Agriculture and Food Systems Division (MSF)
Global Affairs Canada
5 Crop Trust & IFAD
Stefan Schmitz
Executive Director of The Crop Trust
Ron Hartman
Director for Global Engagement, IFAD
6 East Asia and Pacific**
(China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand)
Zhai Lin
Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation, CAAS
Pending confirmation of representation
7 European Commission Christophe Larose
Head of Sector – Sustainable Agriculture
Directorate-General for International Partnerships
European Commission
8 Germany  Jens Busma
Head of Agriculture, rural development, BMZ
Felicitas Röhrig
Senior Policy Officer, BMZ
9 Latin America and Caribbean**
(Brazil, Colombia and Peru)
Christian Alejandro Garay Torres
Vice-Minister of Agrarian Development Policy and Supervision
Pedro Luiz Oliveira de Almeida Machado
Coordinator, Embrapa Labex Europe, Brazilian Agriculture Research Corporation. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
10 The Netherlands Timmo Gaasbeek
Senior Policy Officer Food Security, Department for Inclusive Green Growth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
11 Norway Daniel van Gilst
Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
Lutgart Lenaerts
Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
12 South Asia**
(Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka)
Himanshu Pathak
Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), and
Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

S.M. Bokhtiar
Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research
Council (BARC)


13 Sub-Saharan Africa**
(Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda)
Garba Hamidu Sharubutu
Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)
Eliud Kireger
Director General,
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research (KALRO) Organization
14 Sweden AnnaKarin Norling
Senior Research Advisor, Unit for Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
Madeleine Jönsson
Unit for Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
15 Switzerland Manfred Kaufmann
Global Programme Climate Change and Environment
Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
16 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Alan Tollervey
Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)
17 United States Robert Bertram
Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Jerry Glover
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
18 West Asia & North Africa**
(Türkiye and Iran; Member and Alternate rotates each 2 years)
Metin Türker
Director General, Agricultural Research and Policies
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi
Director General of Academic Relations and International affairs, Agricultural Research, Education & Extension Organization (AREEO)
19 The World Bank Renaud Seligmann
Director of Strategy and Operations, Sustainable Development Practice Group
Julian Lampietti
Manager, Global Engagement Unit
Agriculture and Food Global Practice

Additional Temporary Voting members***

No Constituency/Country Member Alternate (optional)
20 Belgium Carol Durieux
Attaché, expert agriculture, food security and water, FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
21 Denmark Hanne Carus
Chief Adviser, Department for Evaluation, Learning and Quality
22 Ireland Patrick McManus
Deputy Director, Policy
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
23 United Arab Emirates Pending confirmation of representation Fatema AlMulla
Director of Partnerships and Special Projects at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

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)
24 Chair of the CGIAR System Board Lindiwe Majele Sibanda
25 Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization Ismahane Elouafi
CGIAR Executive Managing Director and Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization
26 Representative appointed by the Alliance/Centers – 1 Roel Merckx
Representative of the Alliance/Center Board Chairs
27 Representative appointed by the Alliance/Centers – 2 Mark Smith
Representative of the Alliance/Center Directors General
28 Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Selvaraju Ramasamy
Head, Research and Extension Unit (AGDR)

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)
29 Global Forum on Agricultural Research Ravi Khetarpal
Hildegard Lingnau
Executive Secretary
30 CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council Holger Meinke
ISDC Chair

Invited Guests

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

No Organization Member Alternate (optional)
31 France
(holding voting rights)
Bernard Hubert
Chair, CRAI (Commission pour la Recherche Agronomique Internationale)
Jean Albergel
Executive Secretary, CRAI (Commission pour la Recherche Agronomique Internationale)
32 Japan

Akiko Tejima
Senior Deputy Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division,
International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kosuke Minakuchi
Deputy Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation, Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
33 Mexico Juan Bernardo Orozco Sanchez
Director of Economic Studies of the Agri-Food Sector, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 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)