Juan Lucas Restrepo will become Bioversity International’s Director General in March 2019. In 2020, Restrepo will become CEO of the Alliance between Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

The Boards of Trustees of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) named Juan Lucas Restrepo as Bioversity International’s Director General and CEO-Designate of the Alliance between the Centers on 27 November 2018. Restrepo, who is currently director of Agrosavia, the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research, the country’s largest agricultural research organization, will take up his new assignment based in Rome on 1 March 2019.

Restrepo is a seasoned leader who brings decades of experience and a proven record of accomplishment improving the capacity, quality, effectiveness, and impact of agricultural research for development organizations. During the dialogue with the Boards, both Chairs and the elected DG/CEO-Designate showed their appreciation to the Directors General of Bioversity International and CIAT, as well as all their staff members for their commitment to building the Alliance.

“I am thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity,” said Restrepo. “I am looking forward to combining my experience supporting agricultural development in a variety of fields with the skills and knowledge of the excellent individuals working in both Centers. I am certain that together we will harness the strengths of the Alliance towards our vision and achieving greater impact. ”

Geoff Hawtin, Chair of the CIAT Board said, “I am delighted at the appointment of Juan Lucas Restrepo. His outstanding success in leading a large and complex agricultural research organization, his international experience, and his enthusiasm will all stand him in great stead as he contributes to building the Alliance during 2019 and leads it as its CEO thereafter.”

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Chair of the Bioversity International Board, said, “Juan Lucas is the right choice for this exciting international position, combining his deep experience and understanding of the research, development, and governance opportunities and challenges in the establishment of the robust Alliance we are all committed to.”

Bioversity International and CIAT are world leaders in research for agriculture, nutrition, the environment, biodiversity, and technology. The Alliance between Bioversity International and CIAT will combine decades of research expertise to develop and deploy innovative, demand-driven, evidence-based, and scalable solutions for sustainable food systems and improved land management. The research-for-development agenda will harness agrobiodiversity and explore frontiers of the digital and genomic revolutions.

Through the Alliance, the Centers will contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and Bonn Challenge, among other critical global objectives. The Alliance will deepen the centers’ involvement in regional and national research-for-development agendas in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Working with government agencies, the private sector, multilateral institutions, development banks, non-governmental organizations, and civil society, the Alliance will deliver greater impact.

The Alliance’s strategic presence in Rome will strengthen partnerships with the Rome-based United Nations organizations, especially the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Programme.

Notes for editors

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is a CGIAR research center. CIAT develops technologies, innovative methods, and knowledge that enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture more competitive, profitable, sustainable, and resilient. Headquartered in Cali, Colombia, CIAT conducts research for development in tropical regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. https://ciat.cgiar.org

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. We deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. We work with partners in low-income countries where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. www.bioversityinternational.org

CIAT and Bioversity International are CGIAR Research Centers. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. www.cgiar.org

For further information
Julio Mario Fernández – Head of Communications, CIAT – j.m.fernandez@cgiar.org +57 3104571050
Sean Mattson – Global Communications Officer, CIAT – S.Mattson@cgiar.org +57 3117847652

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