Senior Leadership

A unified One CGIAR incorporates greater institutional integration, including more aligned management, common whole of CGIAR policies and services, and a unified country and regional presence. The Senior Leadership Team includes the Executive Management Team and key leadership positions comprising Global, Regional and Senior Directors.

Executive Management Team

Claudia Sadoff
Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact

Elwyn Grainger-Jones
Managing Director, Institutional Strategy and Systems

Kundhavi Kadiresan
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation

Global Directors

Research Delivery and Impact

Barbara Wells
Genetic Innovations

Johan Swinnen
Systems Transformation

Martin Kropff
Resilient Agri-Food Systems


Global Engagement and Innovation

André Zandstra
Innovative Finance and Resource Mobilization

Juan Lucas Restrepo
Partnerships and Advocacy

Lotte Pang
Communications and Outreach

Institutional Strategy and Systems

Fiona Bourdin-Farrell
People and Culture

Karmen Bennett
Governance and Assurance (a.i.)

Khuloud Odeh
Digital Services

Marion Barriskell
Business Operations and Finance


Regional Directors

Aly Abousabaa
Central and West Asia and North Africa

Harold Roy-Macauly
East and Southern Africa

Jean Balié
South-East Asia and Pacific

Nteranya Sanginga
West and Central Africa

Temina Lalani-Shariff
South Asia

Joaquin Lozano
Latin America and the Caribbean


Senior Directors*

Gareth Johnstone
Aquatic Food Systems

Jimmy Smith
Livestock-Based Systems

Mark Smith
Water Systems

* Multiple Senior Director and other senior positions to be filled in the third phase of key managerial appointments.