CGIAR at the Career Development Roundtable (CDR) Awards

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CGIAR has been recognized as one of the top Diversity and Inclusion performers for our acceleration of gender parity across our 10,000 staff members. The recognition comes from the Career Development Roundtable (CDR) Awards, a professional community of senior HR specialists in the development sector.  

Lavanya Shrinagesh, Director, Gender equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Culture at CGIAR took CDR members behind the scenes at a clinic focused on “the journey towards a One CGIAR culture”. Sharing lessons learned and diving into challenges anticipated and unexpected, her dynamic and interactive session looked at what lies on the road ahead and how the organization plans to deliver on its ambitious framework for a shared workplace culture across One CGIAR. 

“In cultivating a One CGIAR culture, our journey is fueled by the belief that diversity, inclusion, and equity are the cornerstones of innovation and success,” Lavanya said. 

“Together, we embrace the richness of our differences, weaving a tapestry of collaboration where every voice is valued, and every perspective propels us toward a future where excellence knows no bounds.”

CDR Awards Ceremony held at IMF HQ on November 30th 2023
IMF Photo/Kim Haughton

One of the three top performers in the Diversity & Inclusion category, CGIAR was up against the International Finance Corporation (IFC) / World Bank Group (WBG) and UNDP. CGIAR didn’t take home the award, but it was an honor to be in a pool of extremely compelling submissions. Congratulations to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) / World Bank Group (WBG) on a well-deserved win!

The International Organizations Career Development Roundtable (CDR) brings together senior Human Resources experts from international organizations across the multilateral sector, including the UN system, the European Union, and international financial institutions, as well as the national public sector, academia and private institutions. The annual CDR Conference is a reference HR event on the global multi-lateral calendar.

To learn more about CGIAR’s progress on GDI and employee engagement initiatives, please visit

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