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 – 2022*

CGIAR System Council constituency selection process

*Based on decision SC/M12/DP5 to extend reconciliation of Funder seating
**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
Laouali Garba
Ag. Manager, Production, Research and Sustainability Division, Department of Agriculture and Agro-Industry
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 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 East Asia and Pacific**
(China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand)
Hao Weiping
Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation,
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Pending confirmation of representation
6 European Commission Christophe Larose
Head of Sector – Sustainable Agriculture
Directorate-General for International Partnerships
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

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

Takuma Kojima
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
PERU (2023)
Pending confirmation of representation
10 Mexico Adriana Ivette Herrera Moreno
Agricultural Attaché of the Mexican Mission to the European Union
11 The Netherlands Timmo Gaasbeek
Senior Policy Officer Food Security, Department for Inclusive Green Growth, 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, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
13 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)

BANGLADESH (20202021)
S.M. Bokhtiar
Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research
Council (BARC)

SRI LANKA (Jan. 2018end 2019)

14 Sub-Saharan Africa**
(Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda)
Garba Hamidu Sharubutu
Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)
KENYA (Jan. 2020end 2021)
Eliud Kireger
Director General,
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research (KALRO) Organization
SUDAN (Jan. 2018-end 2019)
15 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)
16 Switzerland Manfred Kaufmann
Global Programme Climate Change and Environment
Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
17 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Alan Tollervey
Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)
18 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)
19 West Asia & North Africa**
(Türkiye and Iran; Member and Alternate rotates each 2 years)
TÜRKIYE (From July 1, 2020)
Metin Türker
Director General, Agricultural Research and Policies
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
IRAN (From July 1, 2020)
Tooraj Valinassab
Director General of Academic Relation and International Affairs, Agricultural Research, Education & Extension Organization (AREEO)
20 The World Bank Martien Van Nieuwkoop
Global Director, Agriculture and Food
Julian Lampietti
Manager, Global Engagement Unit
Agriculture and Food Global Practice

Additional Temporary Voting members***

No Constituency/Country Member Alternate (optional)
21 Ireland Patrick McManus
Deputy Director, Policy
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland

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)
22 Chair of the CGIAR System Board Lindiwe Majele Sibanda
23 Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization Khuloud Odeh
Interim Executive Director
24 Representative appointed by the Alliance/Centers – 1 Elsa Murano
Representative of the Alliance/Center Board Chairs
25 Representative appointed by the Alliance/Centers – 2 Mark Smith
Representative of the Alliance/Center Directors General
26 Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Ismahane Elouafi
Chief Scientist
Selvaraju Ramasamy
Head, Research and Extension Unit (AGDR)
27 International Fund for Agricultural Development (Pending)

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

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)