Shirley Tarawali is Senior Director, Livestock-Based Systems, CGIAR, and Director General (a.i.), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). In addition, she is secretary to the ILRI Board of Trustees. Please read the official announcement about the successors of ILRI and IITA’s Directors General.
Prior to this, she was director of ILRI’s people, livestock and the environment research team. She has a PhD in Plant Science from the University of London. Previously Shirley held a joint appointment with ILRI and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria where her research interests were mainly in crop livestock and pastoral systems.