A unified One CGIAR incorporates greater institutional integration, including more aligned management, common policies and services across CGIAR, and a unified country and regional presence. The Senior Leadership Team includes the Executive Management Team — made up of an Executive Managing Director, Deputy Executive Managing Director, and six Managing Directors — and key leadership positions comprising Global, Regional and Senior Directors.

Aly Abousabaa
Regional Director, Central and West Asia and North Africa, and Director General, ICARDA

Marion Barriskell
Global Director, Business Operations and Finance

Fiona Bourdin-Farrell
Global Director, People and Culture

Namukolo Covic
Regional Director, East and Southern Africa

Jaqueline d’Arros Hughes
Director General, ICRISAT

Rutger de Witt Wijnen
Global Director, Legal and Governance, CGIAR Global General Counsel, and Managing Director, Institutional Strategy and Systems (a.i.)

Appolinaire Djikeng
Senior Director, Livestock-Based Systems, Director General, ILRI, and Managing Director, Resilient Agri-Food Systems (a.i.)

Simeon Ehui

Simeon Ehui
Regional Director, Continental Africa, and Director General, IITA

Ismahane Elouafi
Executive Managing Director

Bram Govaerts
Director General, CIMMYT

Guillaume Grosso
Deputy Executive Managing Director

Simon Heck
Senior Director, Agrobiodiversity and Urban Food Systems, and Director General, CIP

Ajay Kohli
Interim Director General, IRRI

Temina Lalani-Shariff
Regional Director, South Asia, and  Regional Director, South-East Asia and the Pacific (a.i.)


Joaquin Lozano
Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

Baboucarr Manneh
Regional Director, West and Central Africa, and Director General, AfricaRice

Essam Yassin Mohammed
Senior Director, Aquatic Food Systems, and Director General, WorldFish

Khuloud Odeh
Global Director, Digital and Data

Lotte Pang
Managing Director, Communications and Outreach

Juan Lucas Restrepo
Global Director, Partnerships and Advocacy, and Director General, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Harold Roy-Macauley
Interim Managing Director, Regions and Partnership

Mark Smith
Senior Director, Water Systems, and Director General, IWMI

Johan Swinnen
Managing Director, Systems Transformation, and Director General, IFPRI

Sonja Vermeulen
Managing Director, Genetic Innovation

André Zandstra
Global Director, Innovative Finance and Resource Mobilization

For further details, you can also consult the CGIAR Integrated Operational Structure: Senior Leadership.

Multiple Senior Director and other senior positions to be filled in the third phase of key managerial appointments. Please find the most recent appointments here.