Baton changes hands

December 10, 2009 at 10:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Left to right: Drs Carsalade, Solh and Gryseels. The outgoing Chair was honored during the Board meeting for his huge contributions to ICARDA

Dr Guido Gryseels, ICARDA’s Board Chair, completes his term on 31 December 2009. Dr Henri Carsalade will take over as Chair on 1st January 2010. Dr Gryseels, Director of Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa, has served on the Board since 2003, and as Chair since 2006. He played a key role in guiding the Center through a change in executive management, and in raising the Center’s profile. Dr Gryseels has also been closely involved in the CGIAR Change Management Process, initially as part of the Working Group on CGIAR Governance, and then as a member of the Consortium Planning Team and Board Chair of the Alliance of CGIAR Centers. ICARDA management and staff greatly appreciate Dr Gryseels’ contributions, and the guidance he provided during a time when major achievements were made at the Center.

Dr Carsalade is a member of the team of advisors to the French Minister of Agriculture. He has served as Assistant Director General of FAO, Director General of CIRAD (Centre de coopération international en recherche agronomique pour le développement), France, and President of Agropolis International, an association of French agricultural research and higher education establishments. We are indeed fortunate to have him as our next Board Chair.

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