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Staff

CIAT has a total of 968 staff representing 59 nationalities present across three regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. Many are based from our regional offices located in Colombia (HQ), Kenya, and Vietnam.

CIAT Organizational Structure

Full Staff List

Research Areas

Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area
Jarvis, Andy, Research Area Director

Leaders
Läderach, Peter, Climate Change (Vietnam)
Lundy, Mark, Sustainable Food Systems
Jimenez, Daniel, Digital Agriculture
Reymondin, Louis, Digital Agriculture

Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes Research Area
Quintero, Marcela, Research Area Director

Leaders
Verchot, Louis, Landscape Restoration
Sommer, Rolf, Soils and water management
Francesconi, Wendy, Ecosystem services and environmental impacts

Desta, Lulseged, Landscape Restoration (África)
Imbach, Pablo, Landscape Restoration (Asia)
Da Silva, Mayesse, Soils and water management (LAC)
Lesueur, Didier, Soils and water management (Asia)
Nyawira, Sylvia, Ecosystem services and environmental impacts (África)
Imbach, Pablo, Ecosystem services and environmental impacts (Asia)

Agrobiodiversity Research Area
Tohme, Joseph, Research Area Director

Leaders
Becerra, Luis Augusto, Cassava
Beebe, Stephen, Bean
Correa, Fernando, Rice
Peters, Michael, Tropical Forages (Kenya)
Wenzl, Peter, Genetic Resources

Regional Offices

CIAT–Africa
Araba, Adebisi, Regional Director (Kenya)

Chirwa, Rowland, Regional Coordinator Research Beans (Malawi)
Rubyogo, Jean Claude, Seed Systems Specialist Beans (Tanzan)
Zulu, Rodah Morezio, Nutritional Facilitator Beans (Malawi)
Maguta, Job Kihara, Senior Scientist, Agronomy And Soil Fertility, Soils And Water Management (Kenya)
Kizito, Fred, Senior Scientist, Landscape Restoration (Rwanda)
Girvetz, Evan Hartunian, Senior Scientist, Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area (Kenya)
Notenbaert, An Maria Omer, Livestock Systems SSA, Tropical Forages (Kenya)

Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)

Robin Buruchara, Director (Kenya)
Waswa, Boaz, Program Coordinator (Kenya)

CIAT–Asia
Campilan, Dindo, Regional Director (Vietnam)

De Haan, Stefan, Researcher – Agrobiodiversity And Food Systems, Cassava (Vietnam)
Laderach, Peter Roman Django, Team Leader Climate Change (Vietnam)
Douxchamps, Sabine Olivia B, Forage Based Crop-Livestock Systems Specialist, Tropical Forages (Vietnam)

CIAT–Latin America and the Caribbean
Navarrete, Carolina, Regional Director Latin America and the Caribbean
Wiegel, Jenny, Central America Regional Coordinator (Managua)
Van Der Hoek, Ringenerus, Forage Based Crop-Livestock Systems Specialist (Managua)

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Campbell, BruceDirector
Rivera, Julián, Finance, Contracts & Liaison Manager
Bonilla-Findji, Osana, CCAFS Flagship 2 Science Officer
Loboguerrero, Ana María, Head of Global Policy Research
Martínez Barón, Deissy, Program Coordinator for CCAFS in Latin America
De Abreu, David, CCAFS Knowledge and Data Sharing Manager
Tobón, Héctor, CCAFS Knowledge and Data Sharing Technical Manager
Amariles, Sebastian, CCAFS Knowledge and Data Sharing Multimedia Engineer
Garcia, Angela, CCAFS Knowledge and Data Sharing Data Manager

HarvestPlus
Pfeiffer, Wolfgang H, Global Director Product Development (Washington D.C.)

HarvestPlus Crop Product Development Managers
Virk, Parminder, Manager Crop Development (India)
Andersson, Meike, Crop Development Specialist

HarvestPlus Regional Managers
Mavindidze, Donald, Regional Director Africa
Mbunji, Marx, Manager, Africa Region Business Development (Zambia)
Ubomba-Jaswa, Patience Acanda, Market Development Manager (Zambia)
Katsvairo, Lister, Manager, Africa Regions Partnership Countries (Rwanda)
Mwansa, Nicholas, Seed System Specialist (Zambia)

HarvestPlus Country Managers
Bashar, Khairul (Bangladesh)
Lubobo, Antoine Kanyenga (DR Congo)
Bidiaka, Sylvain (Dr Congo for Vita- A Cassava)
Ilona, Paul (Nigeria)
Cherian, Binu (India)
Bux Baloch, Qadir (Pakistan)
Mulambu, Joseph (Rwanda & CIAT Country Representative)

CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture
King, Brian, Platform Coordinator
McDade, Mariane, Head of Communications

Management Team and Office of the Director General

Management Team
Echeverría, Ruben G. (ruben.echeverria@cgiar.org), Director General (See biography)
Araba, Adebisi, Regional Director for Africa (Kenya)
Campilan, Dindo, Regional Director for Asia (Vietnam)
Navarrete, Carolina, Regional Director for Latin American & the Caribbean
Jarvis, Andy, Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area Director
Tohme, Joseph, Agrobiodiversity Research Area Director
Quintero, Marcela, Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes Research Area Director
Rajasekharan, Maya, Director, Program Management
Rengifo, Gloria, Director, Finance & Administration
Mateo-Vega, Javier, Director, Partnerships and Communications
Novoa, Julián, Director, Human Resources Management

Office of the Director General
Gil, Luz Stella, Executive Assistant
Muñoz, Mauricio, Head, Legal Office
Rayo, Carolina, Administrative Assistant
Reyes, María Fernanda, Governance Officer
Vargas, Alejandra, Governance Officer (Incoming)

Research Support

Program Management
Rajasekharan, Maya, Director, Program Management
Mwanzia, Leroy, Chief Data Officer
Roa, Carolina, Intellectual Property (IP) Manager
Staiger, Simone, Head, Knowledge Management and Learning

Partnerships and Communications
Mateo-Vega, Javier, Director, Partnerships and Communications
Florez, Nelly, Advocacy and Partnerships Manager
Pakker, Martijn, Advocacy and Partnerships Manager
Jaramillo, Carolina, Resource Mobilization Coordinator

Fernández, Julio Mario, Communications Team Leader
Mattson, Sean, Global Communications Officer
Romero, Madelline, Communications Coordinator for Asia
Varón, Adriana, Communications Coordinator for Latin America

Finance & Administration
Rengifo, Gloria, Director, Finance & Administration 
Escober, Vilia, Finance and Administrative Coordinator, Central America
Hoang, Thao, Regional Administrative Coordinator, Asia
Meneses, Carlos, Head, Information Technology
Osorio, Luis Fernando, Manager, Financial Planning & Monitoring
Peña, Jorge, Manager, Financial Operations

Human Resources Management
Novoa, Julián, Director, Human Resources Management
Kareri, Alice, Human Resources and Administration Coordinator, Africa

Organizations based at CIAT headquarters

Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Contact: María Estefanía López, Eduardo Tovar

Biopacific Park (Headquarters)
Contact: Edwin Gilberto Giraldo Henao, Director

Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA)
Contact: Claudia Patricia Vélez García

CLAYUCA Corporation
Contact: Bernardo Ospina

Corporation for the Development of Biotechnology (Corporación BIOTEC)
Contact: Miryam Sánchez

Foundation for Agricultural Research and Development (Fidar)
Contact: José Restrepo

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Contact: Luis Narro

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
Contact: Ryozo Hayashi 

Latin America Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR)
Contact: Eduardo Graterol