Key Contacts

  • 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).
  • Ramni H. Jamnadass, ICRAF

    Ramni H. Jamnadass, ICRAF

    Coordinator Flagship 1
    Ramni H. Jamnadass is Co- Leader, Tree Diversity, Domestication and Delivery at the World Agroforestry Centre. She spent 10 years teaching at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University before joining ICRAF. She leads Science Domain 3 (SD3), one of ICRAF’s six global research programs. The African Orphan Crops Consortium, a public private partnership with a mission to develop and promote use of nutritious tree-foods and annual crops  has its genomics lab hosted within the SD3 program.
  • Fergus Sinclair, ICRAF

    Fergus Sinclair, ICRAF

    Coordinator Flagship 2
    Fergus Sinclair leads the World Agroforestry Centre’s research into the contribution that trees can make to the productivity of farming systems. He also coordinates FTA Flagship 1: Smallholder production systems and Markets. Fergus is well known for pioneering development of knowledge-based system methods for acquisition and use of local agro-ecological knowledge; for using participatory modeling to better harness natural resources at the community level; and for exploring trade-offs between the impact of farm trees on productivity and biodiversity. Recently, he has combined these interests by contributing to the development of interdisciplinary GIS tools for spatially explicit evaluation of ecosystem service synergies and trade-offs at landscape scales (Polyscape). He is seconded to the World Agroforestry Centre for 50 percent of his time from Bangor University, Wales, UK, where he serves as Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in International Agricultural Development (CARIAD). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Latin American Centre for Agricultural Research and Higher Education (CATIE).
  • Pablo Pacheco, CIFOR

    Pablo Pacheco, CIFOR

    Coordinator Flagship 3
    Pablo Pacheco has an interdisciplinary background. He holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology, a Master of Science in agricultural economics, and a PhD in geography from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. His main research areas include human dimensions of global environmental change; the implications of trade and investment for forests and people; land and forests governance; regional development and land-use change; and institutions for forest resources management. Pablo is currently conducting global research on the implications of trade and investment trends for forests, people's livelihoods and economic development, and on the emerging state and non-state responses towards building multi-scale governance options and architectures to manage their social, economic and environmental impacts. Before working with CIFOR he worked at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
  • Peter A. Minang, ICRAF

    Peter A. Minang, ICRAF

    Coordinator Flagship 4
    Peter A. Minang is Principal Scientist and leader of landscapes governance research at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). He is also the Global Coordinator of the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins at ICRAF. He has more than 25 years experience in REDD+, landscape approaches, conservation, community forestry, environmental education, climate forestry, payments for ecosystem services, and development policy and practice in tropical forest landscapes. His current research interests include community-based approaches to ecosytem-based adaptation and resilience, the nexus between adaptation and mitigation to climate change, and the interface between environmental services and development and multifunctional landscapes. He has rich editorial experience publishing books and journal special issues in Climate Policy and COSUST. He recently published a book on climate smart landscapes.
  • Christopher Martius, CIFOR

    Christopher Martius, CIFOR

    Coordinator Flagship 5
    Since April 2013 Principal Scientist Climate Change (Theme 4, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, in CRP Forests, Trees and Agroforestry), CIFOR. Holds a PhD in Biology (University of Göttingen, Germany). He is also a lecturer in Agroecology at the University of Bonn.  2012-2013 he was Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) Bonn, Germany, and Visiting Professor at the Indo-German Center for Sustainability (IGCS), Chennai, India. 2009-2011 he was Assistant Director for Science Programs at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) in Brazil. 2008-2009 he acted as Head of the CGIAR/ICARDA Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The program won the “CGIAR King Baudouin Award for Outstanding Partnership” in 2008. 1998-2007 he was Senior Scientist at ZEF Bonn where he has supervised 30 PhD students. He is co-founder and Advisory Board Member of DesertNet International, a network of scientists dealing with drylands, land degradation and desertification. Christopher coordinated an international, interdisciplinary project on land and water resource management in Uzbekistan, Central Asia, and has over 20 years of work experience in tropical ecology (Brazilian Amazonia, Africa) and in drylands. He worked for many years on conservation agriculture, soil ecology and organic matter in tropical and dryland soils.
  • Marlène Elias, Bioversity International

    Marlène Elias, Bioversity International

    Gender Coordinator
    Marlène Elias is Gender Specialist, Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources at Bioversity International. Her efforts focus on coordinating gender-specific research projects, mainstreaming gender institutionally and strengthening the capacities of Bioversity International staff to conduct participatory, gender-responsive research that will deliver positive and equitable benefits to men and women beneficiaries. Before joining Bioversity International in 2013, she conducted research on gender, forest-based livelihoods, and tree resource management in Latin America and Africa. Among other positions, she has worked in UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality and in the Department of Anthropology of Université Laval in Canada. She is the founder of the NGO Association Burkina Canada that facilitates education to underprivileged girls and boys in Burkina Faso. Marlène Elias has a MA and PhD in Geography and a BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences
  • Brian Belcher

    Brian Belcher

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment Coordinator
    Brian Belcher is an associate scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a Canada Research Chair at the Royal Roads University (RRU). From 2007 to 2013, he served as Director of the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at RRU. From 1997 to 2007, he was Leader of the Forest Products and People Program, and Director of the Livelihoods Program at CIFOR. Prior to that, Belcher held positions at Canada's International Development Research Centre in New Delhi, India, from 1994-97, and Ottawa, from 1989-92, and at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Belcher is a Canadian national with a BSc in biology (ecology) from University of Winnipeg, master of natural resources management from University of Manitoba, and PhD in forestry (economics and policy) from University of Minnesota, and research experience in a variety of natural resource management systems.
  • Mehmood Hassan, ICRAF

    Mehmood Hassan, ICRAF

    Capacity Development Coordinator
    Muhammad Mehmood-Ul-Hassam is FTA’s Capacity Development Coordinator and is currently head of the World Agroforestry Centre’s (ICRAF) Capacity Development Unit. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bonn in Germany, and has experience in capacity development analysis, program management, team building, institutional analysis, educational reform, natural resource management and agricultural research. Mehmood has worked as a senior scientist at ICRAF since 2012, and was previously senior researcher and coordinator for inter- and transdisciplinarity research at the University of Bonn’s Center for Development Research and senior social scientist at the International Water Management Institute in West Africa, Central Asia and Pakistan. He has been involved in over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and in steering the FoodAfrica project, Innovation Transfer in Agriculture and CGIAR CapDev.
  • Hannah Maddison-Harris, CIFOR

    Hannah Maddison-Harris, CIFOR

    Communication Coordinator
    Hannah Maddison-Harris is the Communication and Editorial Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Prior to joining CIFOR, Hannah worked for The Jakarta Post newspaper, where she edited print and online news and contributed features stories. She has also taught creative writing in Indonesia, before which she worked for numerous publications in Australia, including an arts magazine and an international affairs journal. She holds a degree in creative arts from Flinders University, with honors in travel writing.