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
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
Alvarez, María Fernanda, 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 Frías, Carolina, Regional Director Latin America and the Caribbean
Wiegel, Jenny, Country Manager Nicaragua and Honduras (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)
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 Frías, 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
Guardia, Victor, Director, Finance
Mateo-Vega, Javier, Director, Partnerships and Communications
Novoa, Julián, Director, Human Resources & Operations
Campbell, Bruce, Director CCAFS
Muñoz, Mauricio, Head, Legal Office
Vargas, Alejandra, Governance Officer

Office of the Director General
Gil, Luz Stella, Executive Assistant
Muñoz, Mauricio, Head, Legal Office
Rayo, Carolina, Administrative Assistant
Vargas, Alejandra, Governance Officer

Research Support

Program Management
Rajasekharan, Maya, Director, Program Management
Schuetz, Tonya, Head of Monitoring, evaluation and Learning (Kenya)
Sweitzer, Elizabeth, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Mwanzia, Leroy, Chief Data Officer (Kenya)
Roa, Carolina, Intellectual Property (IP) Manager, Legal Office

Partnerships and Communications
Mateo-Vega, Javier, Director, Partnerships and Communications
Florez, Nelly, Advocacy and Partnerships Manager
Jaramillo, Carolina, Resource Mobilization Coordinator
Bernal, Johanna, Coordinator, Project Administration Office

Fernández, Julio Mario, Communications Team Leader
Mattson, Sean, Global Communications Officer
Nzuki, Rosemary, Communications Officer for Africa (Nairobi)
Varón, Adriana, Communications Coordinator for Latin America

Finance
Guardia, Victor, Director, Finance
Escober, Vilia, Finance and Administrative Coordinator, Central America
Hoang, Thao, Regional Administrative Coordinator, Asia (Hanoi)
Osorio, Luis Fernando, Manager, Financial Planning & Monitoring
Peña, Jorge, Manager, Financial Operations

Human Resources & Operations
Novoa, Julián, Director, Human Resources & Operations
Kareri, Alice, HR and Administration Coordinator, Africa
Carrillo, Ana Marta, Global Talent Manager
Meneses, Carlos, Information Technology
Rodriguez, Juan Manuel, Labor Relations and Policies
Abella, Diego, Compensation & HR Services
Camacho, Beatriz, Health Safety & Environment
Valenzuela, Julio, Logistics
Ujueta, Camilo, Facilities & Field Operations
Quintana, Lina, General Services (Food, catering and guest house, cleaning, conferences, Bogotá administrative office)
Bonilla, Nhora, Conferences and Visitors

Organizations based at CIAT headquarters

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

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

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

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

The Natural Conservancy 
Contact: Mauricio Castro Schmitz’s – Lands Manager