Participation in the deliberations of the CGIAR System Management 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 comprised of 9 voting and 1 non-voting ex-officio member, and its deliberations are informed by the participation of 4 non-voting Active Observers, comprised of representatives of the System Council and its primary advisory bodies, 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 are appointed by the General Assembly of the Centers in accordance with the Charter and the rules of procedure of the General Assembly. Whenever possible, the Chair of the Board should be drawn from amongst the independent voting members. In accordance with the Charter, it is the responsibility of the General Assembly to ensure that the Board includes at all times at least one expert in organizational management and one expert in financial management.

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

Participation in the Board is as follows:

Download: System Management Board Composition

Members Representation Term
Marco Ferroni Chair
Independent Member
Until 30 November 2021
Isatou Jallow Independent Member Until 30 November 2020
Kanayo F. Nwanze Independent Member Until 30 November 2021
Amos Namanga Ngongi Center-affiliated Member Until 31 August 2020
Barbara Wells Center-affiliated Member Until 31 August 2021
Claudia Sadoff Center-affiliated Member Until 31 August 2020
Hilary Wild Center-affiliated Member Until 31 August 2021
Matthew Morell Center-affiliated Member Until 31 August 2021
Yvonne Pinto Center-affiliated Member Until 31 August 2020
Elwyn Grainger-Jones
(ex-officio non-voting)
Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization Until successor appointed
Active Observers Representative Term
Research program leader from the CGIAR Portfolio Izabella Koziell Until 31 December 2019
System Council Voting Members Eric Witte
Mellissa Wood
Until 15 November 2019*
CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC) Holger Meinke Until 20 September 2022

*Based on decision SC/M8/EDP2 to extend these appointments

The Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee, if that person is not otherwise a member of the Board, 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.