Key Contacts

  • Vincent Gitz

    Vincent Gitz

    Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
    Dr. Gitz brings to FTA a strong intellectual and scientific leadership, underpinned by 20 years of experience in research, policy-making and policy advice at the highest levels. A French national, Dr. Gitz joins FTA from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, where he served as Assistant Director for Food Policy. Prior to this, he served in senior positions at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 2009-2016, including as Coordinator of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme, and Coordinator of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Gitz served as advisor on Sustainable Development and Research to the French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Michel Barnier. Dr Gitz has enjoyed a distinguished academic career and has an outstanding record of fundraising with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the HLPE.
  • 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. r.jamnadass@cgiar.org
  • 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). f.sinclair@cgiar.org
  • 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). p.pacheco@cgiar.org
  • Meine van Noordwijk, ICRAF

    Meine van Noordwijk, ICRAF

    Coordinator Flagship 4
    In addition to being Chief Science Advisor for the World Agroforestry Centre, Meine van Noordwijk leads the organization-wide environmental services research area. From 2002 to 2008 he was Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia. Before joining the Centre, Meine was a senior research officer in the Root Ecology Section at the DLO Institute for Soil Fertility Research in Haren, Netherlands, concentrating on models of the relationships between soil fertility, nutrient use efficiency and root development of crops and trees. He also worked for two years as a lecturer in botany and ecology at the University of Juba in Sudan. He has a PhD in agricultural science from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, and a Master’s of Science in biology from the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, Netherlands. m.vannoordwijk@cgiar.org
  • 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. c.martius@cgiar.org
  • 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 marlene.elias@cgiar.org
  • Shelley Thakral, CIFOR

    Shelley Thakral, CIFOR

    Communications Coordinator
    Shelley Thakral is the Team Leader, Communications and Outreach at the Center for International Forestry Research. Prior to joining CIFOR, she held the position of Regional Communications Manager at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where she co-managed brand and risk corporate communications at the global level. She also worked as Senior Communications Manager at UNICEF and Senior Program Officer for Communications for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India. Ms. Thakral started her career in broadcasting and has worked for the BBC in various positions for 11 years. She has a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Glasgow. s.thakral@cgiar.org
  • Mehmood Hassan, ICRAF

    Mehmood Hassan, ICRAF

    Capacity Development Coordinator
    m.hassan@cgiar.org