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).    
  • Peter Holmgen

    Peter Holmgen

    Director General, CIFOR
    Lead Center representative
    Peter Holmgren has been serving as CIFOR’s Director General since 2012. Prior to joining CIFOR, he led the Climate, Energy and Tenure division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, developing the profile and coordination of FAO’s climate change work and contributions of FAO to the UNFCCC process. He also took the lead in setting up the UN-REDD programme and coordinated FAO’s preparations for Rio+20. He joined FAO in 1998 to lead the Global Forest Resources Assessment, which documents the state of global forest resources, their management and uses. Between 2003 and 2007, he was Head of Forest resources development. Under his leadership at FAO, the concept of climate-smart agriculture emerged, ensuring that agricultural productivity, resilience and climate change mitigation are addressed together at all levels. Holmgren received his doctorate in Forestry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Ravi Prabhu

    Ravi Prabhu

    Deputy Director General Research, ICRAF
    CGIAR Centers representative
    Ravi Prabhu joined the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as Deputy Director General Research in January 2012. He has been involved in multi-disciplinary research and action in forested landscapes for almost 20 years. Prior joining ICRAF, he served as Senior Programme Officer, Forests and Climate Change with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. He led the UNEP team that contributed to the UN-REDD Programme by supporting countries to realize multiple benefits from REDD+. Prior to that, he coordinated the Regional Plan for Collective Action in eastern and southern Africa, a joint initiative of CGIAR. He also worked in various capacities at the Center for International Forestry Research. Prabhu has served on numerous international initiatives and committees, including the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as a member of the review and editorial team, and on the UN Millennium Projects Taskforce 6 on Environmental Sustainability. He received the Queen's Award for Forestry at Buckingham Palace in 2005. He earned his professional degree and doctorate in forestry from the University of Goettingen, Germany.
  • Alain Billand

    Alain Billand

    Director, Department Environment and Society, CIRAD
    Non-CGIAR Centers representative
    Alain Billand is the Director of the Department ES “Environment and Society” at CIRAD since 2015, which involves 11 research units and 300 permanent staff. He joined CIRAD in 2002, after 10 years in a consulting company where he worked on environment studies, eco-tourism and management of protected areas in developing countries. At CIRAD, Billand was initially positioned as project leader for the interaction of the many disciplines involved in sustainable management of forest ecosystems, mostly tropical, for conservation as well as production objectives. In 2007, he became Head of the research Unit B&SEF on goods and services from forest ecosystems, where he maintained a continuous presence among regional organizations such as COMIFAC or RAPAC in central Africa, acting as EU project leader for OFAC (Observatoire des ForĂȘts d'Afrique Centrale). Within the his department, units develop researches on public policies, economy, innovation, remote sensing, and participatory approaches, in the field of rural development, food security, rural water, pastoralism, animal health and forestry.
  • 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).

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