Participation in the deliberations of the CGIAR System Board is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the CGIAR System Organization, the legal instrument governing the CGIAR System Organization.

The Board is composed of eight voting and two non-voting ex-officio members, and its deliberations on matters relating to the CGIAR System as a whole are informed by the participation of six non-voting Active Observers, comprising the Executive Management Team, representatives of the System Council bodies and the Independent Science for Development Council, and one CGIAR Research Program leader from the CGIAR Portfolio. All Board participants must act in good faith in the interests of the CGIAR System as a whole.

Voting Board members may serve one or more terms if duly reappointed, provided that no individual term shall exceed three years in length and total service shall not exceed a period of six years.

Active Observers have the right to participate in deliberations of the System Board and to propose agenda items and make presentations for such deliberations. Active Observers do not have the right to vote.

Participation in the CGIAR System Board is as follows:

Members Role Term
Marco Ferroni (Chair) Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Alice Ruhweza Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Hilary Wild Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Ismahane Elouafi Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Neal Gutterson Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Patrick Caron  Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Shenggen Fan  Voting member Until August 31, 2023
Elwyn Grainger-Jones
(Managing Director, Institutional Strategy and Systems)
Ex-officio non-voting member
(in capacity as Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization)
Until successor appointed
Clarissa van Heerden Ex-officio non-voting member
(Independent Chair, Audit & Risk Committee of the CGIAR System Board) 
Until August 31, 2021
Active Observers Representative Term
Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact  Claudia Sadoff Until successor appointed
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation  Kundhavi Kadiresan  Until successor appointed
Research program leader from the CGIAR Portfolio Michael Phillips Until December 31, 2020
System Council Voting Members Stephen Potter
Wijnand van IJssel
Until March 24, 2021
CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC) Holger Meinke Until September 20, 2022

The Chair of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment, the Head of the Advisory Services Shared Secretariat and the trustee of the CGIAR Trust Fund may be invited to attend Board meetings as may be required from time to time.

The Chair of the CGIAR System Board has extended a standing invitation to the Convener of Chairs of the Board of Trustees and the Convener of the Directors General of the CGIAR Centers to attend formal CGIAR System Board meetings.