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 30 June 2019 or such time as a successor is appointed:

NoSystem Council voting constituencyNominated member
1African Development BankDougou Keita
2AustraliaMellissa Wood
3Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationTony Cavalieri
4Germany and BelgiumMichel Bernhardt (Chair)
5South AsiaRajendra Singh Paroda
6SwedenPhilip Chiverton
7United KingdomAlan Tollervey
8United StatesEric 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:

NoMember NameType of MemberTerm
1Michel GagnonSystem Council Member (Canada)Until 30 June 2019
2Daniel van Gilst (Chair)System Council Member (Norway)Until 30 June 2019
3Saad BounjouaIndependent MemberUntil 31 July 2020
4Maurice GoddardIndependent MemberUntil 31 July 2020
5Muriel UzanIndependent MemberUntil 31 July 2021