The System Council has two Standing Committees as follows:

1. Strategic Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (“SIMEC”)

The purpose of the SIMEC is to assist the System Council in review of research program evaluations, oversight the strategic direction of the CGIAR System Organization and the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of CGIAR Research.

The SIMEC is currently comprised of eight members, as appointed by the System Council. They are appointed until 31 December 2020 or such time as a successor is appointed:

No System Council voting constituency Nominated member
1 African Development Bank Dougou Keita
2 Australia Mellissa Wood
3 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Tony Cavalieri
4 Germany and Belgium Michel Bernhardt (Chair)
5 South Asia Rajendra Singh Paroda
6 Sweden Philip Chiverton
7 United Kingdom Alan Tollervey
8 United States Eric Witte

The approved terms of reference are available here.

2. Assurance Oversight Committee (“AOC”)

The purpose of the AOC is to provide the System Council with assurance of the completeness and effectiveness of the Internal Audit Function and the independence of external audit functions, a structured reporting line between internal and external auditors and the System Council and oversight system-wide governance, risk management and internal controls.

The approved Terms of Reference are available here.

The AOC is comprised of five members, as appointed by the System Council:

No Member Name Type of Member Term
1 Saad Bounjoua (Chair)  Independent Member Until 31 July 2020
2 Daniel van Gilst  System Council Member (Norway) Until 30 June 2021
3 Stephen Potter System Council Member (Canada) Until 31 December 2020
4 Maurice Goddard Independent Member Until 31 July 2020
5 Muriel Uzan Independent Member Until 31 July 2021