Independent Steering Committee (ISC)

  • Anne-Marie Izac

    Anne-Marie Izac

    Chair of the ISC
    Anne-Marie Izac is an independent scientist who has led research programs at IITA and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) before becoming the Deputy Director General for Research at ICRAF and at CIRAD. She was the first CGIAR Consortium Chief Science Officer until 2014. She also held the positions of CGIAR Consortium Chief Executive Officer during the initial 18 months of the Consortium’s creation and of Chief Officer of the Alliance created by the 15 CGIAR Centers, before the Consortium was created. Ms. Izac was a lead author in key reports such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (Nutrient chapter). She has been an advisor on sustainable agriculture to the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and served on the scientific board of various institutions, such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform. She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. Ms. Izac is an ecological economist who specialised in sustainable agriculture in developing countries. Her PhD is in environmental and natural resource economics (University of Western Australia) and she earned a M.Sc. in ecology and an MA in environmental and natural resources economics (Washington State University). She is also a graduate of a French ‘Grande Ecole’ (HEC).    
  • Robert Nasi

    Robert Nasi

    Director General, CIFOR
    Lead Center representative
    Robert Nasi was born in 1959 in Nice, France. He graduated as a forest engineer from the French National Forestry School and achieved a PhD in the field of ecology from the University of Paris Sud – Orsay. Since 1982, he has been living and travelling extensively in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, undertaking research activities in the fields of ecology and management of tropical forests. He joined the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in August 1999 and held several research and management positions in the organization (principal scientist, biodiversity program leader, program director). He is, since Nov. 1, 2017, the Director General of CIFOR, and since Jan. 1, 2014, the Deputy Director General for Research. His particular research interests include the sustainable use of forest products and multiple-use management of tropical forests. His scientific work aims to integrate social and biological sciences for better management of tropical forests, more sustainable livelihoods and better designed forest policies. His main disciplines are ecology, botany, biometrics, tropical forest management and silviculture. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific publications.
  • Stephan Weise

    Stephan Weise

    Deputy Director General, Research, Bioversity International
    CGIAR centers representative
    Stephen joined Bioversity International in 2008 as the Director of the Commodities for Livelihoods Programme, based in the Montpellier office in France. He was appointed Deputy Director General Research in 2011. Before joining Bioversity International, Mr. Weise worked for 16 years with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on a variety of programs related to tree crops, the environment and farm diversification in the forest margins of West and Central Africa. From 2002 until he left IITA, he was the Regional Programme Manager of the Sustainable Tree Crops Programme — a public-private partnership and innovation platform that was seeking to increase the income of West and Central African cocoa farmers in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. He was also the coordinator of the working group on agronomic/landscape sustainability in a related program called the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre. In addition, he spent four years on integrated weed management and farming systems research at the University of Guelph, Canada, after completing his PhD.
  • René Boot

    René Boot

    Director, Tropenbos International
    Non-CGIAR centers representative
    René Boot is Director of Tropenbos International, a Dutch foundation governed by an international board, which aims to improve governance and management of tropical forests through research, capacity building and promoting dialogue. The foundation, which is funded by the Dutch government, the European Union and other donors, works in Indonesia, Vietnam, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana and Bolivia. Mr. Boot is a Special Professor in sustainable tropical forest management at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where he teaches research policy linkages to MSc students and supervises PhD students in forest ecology and forest dependent livelihoods. He studied ecology and graduated with a PhD in 1990 from Utrecht University. After graduating he worked for 15 years in research and capacity building projects in the field of sustainable forest management in Guyana and Bolivia. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Tropical Ecology. He is also Chair of the Treub Maatschappij, a Dutch society that promotes academic research in the tropics, and Chair of the Tresor Foundation, which manages a tropical forest reserve in French Guyana.
  • Yoyeeta Gupta

    Yoyeeta Gupta

    Professor, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam
    Independent Member of the ISC
    Yoyeeta Gupta is Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She is Editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics and serves on the editorial boards of various international journals. She was lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment which won the Zaved Second Prize. At European level, she is a member of Science Europe’s Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences and of the Joint Programming Initiative - Climate Transdisciplinary Advisory Board in Brussels. She also serves on the Supervisory Board Oxfam Novib and the Board of the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Ms. Gupta also acts as the Vice-President of the Commission on Development Cooperation and member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs. Her book on the ‘History of Global Climate Governance’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 and won the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Choice Award for 2014.
  • Florencia Montagnini

    Florencia Montagnini

    Senior Research Scientist, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
    Independent Member of the ISC
    Florencia Montagnini is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), and Director of the Program in Tropical Forestry of the Yale Global Institute for Sustainable Forestry. She also works as a project adviser worldwide. She has also served as Senior Evaluation Expert for conducting an Independent Evaluation of the CGIAR FTA Program. Montagnini has written nine books on agroforestry systems, ecological restoration, and tropical forest ecology and management, and about 200 scientific articles, of which 80% have been published in international refereed journals. Her teaching experience includes courses in tropical forest ecology and management, agroforestry, restoration ecology, and soil conservation and management. Currently conducting projects in regions encompassing major types of tropical and subtropical humid and dry forest in South and Central America, she collaborates with many universities and other academic, private and government institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama.
  • Yemi Katerere

    Yemi Katerere

    Independent Consultant
    Independent Member of the ISC
    Yemi Katerere is an independent scientist working with the regional office of WWF Africa, supporting the strengthening of country offices in Africa including Madagascar. He previously served in various high-level positions such as Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Forestry Commission, Head of the IUCN regional office for Southern Africa and Deputy Director General of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). In 2009, he became the Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat. In this position he was closely involved in coordinating collaboration between the UN-REDD partner agencies, guiding strategic planning. Mr. Katerere has served on non-profit and private sector boards including as Chair of the ICRAF Board of Trustees, as non-executive director of the Wattle Company, chair of ZERO, a regional Network of environmental experts, and chair of The Programme Oversight Panel of the Aquatic Agricultural System. Mr. Katerere is a forester by training who holds a PhD in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho and has published extensively. In recognition of his contribution to forestry and development, he was awarded the Commonwealth Queen’s Award in 1993.    
  • Vincent Gitz

    Vincent Gitz

    Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
    Vincent Gitz is the Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and ex-officio member of the Independent Steering Committee. Engineer of Ecole Polytechnique (1994), France, he holds a PhD from AgroParisTech on land-use and global climate policies that was awarded the « Le Monde » Prize of academic research. He worked for CIRAD (International Cooperation Center in Agricultural Research for Development), CIRED (International Research Center on Environment and Development) and with the Energy Planning Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He served as adviser of the French minister of agriculture and fisheries, Michel Barnier (2007-2009), and just prior to joining CIFOR, he was assistant-director for food policy in the French ministry of agriculture, agrifood and forests. From 2010 to 2015, Vincent Gitz was coordinator of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), the science-policy interface of United Nation’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS).