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. 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
  • Michael Allen Brady, CIFOR

    Michael Allen Brady, CIFOR

    Leader of Flagship 3: Sustainable value chains and investments
    Michael Allen Brady is a Principal Scientist at CIFOR and leads its Value Chains, Finance and Investment (VFI) team as well as FTA’s Flagship 3. He manages VFI programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America in achieving sustainable value chains and commodity supply in forest landscapes; developing business models that deliver improved social and environmental outcomes; and promoting responsible finance that contribute to advancing sustainable land and resource uses. Prior to joining CIFOR he was a senior forestry officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. He has worked for over 30 years in Indonesia, and throughout East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa on forestry research, policy and management; forestry investment and finance; forest ecosystem dynamics and restoration; and sustainability standards and certification systems. He has a BSc in biology, a MSc in forest management and a PhD in tropical peat forest science. m.brady@cgiar.org
  • 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. a.minang@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
  • Vincent Gitz (interim)

    Vincent Gitz (interim)

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment Coordinator
    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).
  • 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. m.hassan@cgiar.org