Board of Trustees

Short Bios

Kym Anderson

Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics and former Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), following doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (1974-77); and in 2012 he rejoined ANU part-time as a Professor of Economics in its Crawford School of Public Policy. He has spent periods of leave in Korea (1980-81 as Ford Foundation Visiting Fellow in International Economics), the Australian Department of Trade (1983), Stockholm University's Institute for International Economic Studies (1988), the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva (1990-92) and, in 2004-07, he was on extended leave at the World Bank’s Development Research Group as Lead Economist (Trade Policy). He is a Fellow of the American and Australian agricultural economics societies, the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, and Europe’s Centre for Economic Policy Research. In 1996 he became the first economist to serve on a series of dispute settlement panels at the World Trade Organization (concerning the EU's banana import regime, 1996-2008), and he also served as an expert witness in the US cotton subsidies case at the WTO (2008-09). He has published more than 300 articles and 30 books including The Political Economy of Agricultural Protection (with Yujiro Hayami and others), Disarray in World Food Markets (with Rod Tyers), Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (with Will Martin) and, following a large empirical research project he directed in 2006-10 for the World Bank (see, four regional books which appeared in 2008-09 and three global books published in 2009-10 on Distortions to Agricultural Incentives. In 2014, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Economics degree by the University of Adelaide and, in 2015, he became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Margaret Catley-Carlson is a citizen of Canada. She received her B.A. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Catley-Carlson serves on the Boards of several organizations that strive to create positive change in water management, agricultural, and environmental issues. In the water area, she is Chair of the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment, and on the Board of the Canadian Water Network, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board, the Stockholm Water Prize, and the Rosenberg Forum and Patron of the Global Water Partnership. In agriculture, she is Chair of the Crop Diversity Trust, Board member of the International Fertilizer Development Council as well as of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and of the Advisory Council of the World Food Prize. In natural resources and rural development, she is Board Member of ICIMOD (mountains) and the Syngenta Foundation.

She is a member of the Advisory Committees of the Biblioteca Alexandria, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security, and the Perinbam and Tyler Environmental prize juries.

She was former Chair of the ICARDA and CABI Boards and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Vice Chair of the IDRC Board, and former member of 24 science and policy boards.

She has worked in numerous positions throughout her career including: President of the Canadian International Development Agency 1983-89; Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF in New York 1981–1983; President of the Population Council in New York 1993–98; and Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Welfare of Canada 1989–92.

She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002 for her outstanding work in public service. She has also received honorary degrees from 10 universities.

Tiéna Coulibaly

Tiéna Coulibaly is the Ambassador of Mali to the United States of America and to Mexico and representative of Mali before the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (starting in 2015).

Prior to this position, he was Malian Minister of Trade and Industry from June to September 2013; Minister of Economy, Finance, and Budget (2012); CEO of the Malian Textile Development Company (CMDT) (2008); Technical Advisor to the Mission restructuring the cotton sector (MSRC) (2001); Minister of Finance and Trade (1988); Deputy Director General of the Libyan-Malian Society of Livestock Development (1987–1988); and Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Livestock (1981–1987).

He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Laval University in Quebec and received his master’s degree from Purdue University in Agricultural Economics.

Csaba Csaki

Csaba Csaki is a native of Hungary. He received a PhD in agricultural economics in Hungary and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Csaki is Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Budapest Corvinus University, as well as being the former rector of Budapest University of Economic Sciences. Currently, he is also Head of department and member of the Monetary Board of the Hungarian National Bank. He was a Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank, and the principal author of the Bank’s current rural development strategy (“Reaching the Rural Poor“). During the economic transition period of the 1990s, Dr. Csaki led the World Bank’s analytical work on agricultural policies and food and agriculture sectors in Central and Eastern Europe. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was the leading agricultural and rural policy advisor on global level at the World Bank.In this capacity he had close contacts with the CGIAR system and visited many of the institutes. He is one of the world’s leading experts on agricultural policy, development, and economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe. He has close contacts with FAO as well. During the last several years, Dr. Csaki has been working intensively on rural development issues in the developing world and on agricultural policy developments in Central and Eastern Europe and specifically in the new member states after EU accession. He served as a regional coordinator of the global Regoverning Markets in Agriculture Project from 2004 to 2008. He has edited, authored or co-authored numerous books and more than 200 articles.

He is member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and honorary member of the Ukrainian and Georgian Academy of Sciences. He received honorary doctoral degrees from De Paul University, Chicago, USA, Ghent University, Belgium, Szent Istvan University, Gödöllő, Hungary. He served as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists from 1991–1994 and honorary life member of the association. He was vice-president of the European Association of Agricultural Economists from 1985-1987. He is a fellow of the European Association of Agricultural Economists. Since 1992 he is member of the International Policy Council for Agriculture and Trade. Dr Csaki is member of a number of editorial boards internationally and in Hungary.

S. Mahendra Dev

S. Mahendra Dev has been Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai, India since 2010. Prior to this position, he was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, Ministry of Agriculture in the rank of Secretary to Government of India from 2008 to 2010. He was Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, India for 9 years from 1999 to 2008.

He received his Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics and his postdoctoral research at Yale University and was faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai for 11 years. He was Senior Fellow at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation from 1996–97 and Visiting Professor at ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany in 1999. His main areas of interest are development economics, agricultural economics and rural development. His major work is on India, South Asia, and other Asian countries.

He has more than 100 research publications in national and international journals in the areas of agricultural development, poverty and public policy, food security, employment guarantee schemes, social security, farm and nonfarm employment. He has written or edited 12 books. Oxford University Press has recently published his book on “Inclusive Growth in India: Agriculture, Poverty, and Human Development.” Recently, his book “Perspectives on Equitable Development” was released by the Prime Minister of India.

He has been a consultant and adviser to many international organizations, such as UNDP, World Bank, IFPRI, UNESCO, ILO, FAO, and ESCAP. He also conducted collaborative projects with IFPRI on food security and poverty. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on Agriculture constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. He is also member of the newly constituted Expert Panel on poverty estimates appointed by the Government of India.

He has been a member of several government committees, including the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Employment, Committee on Financial Inclusion, etc. He was member of several working groups for 9th, 10th, and 11th Five-Year Plans in India. He has received honors for eminence in public service. He got awards for best teacher in economics and outstanding contribution to education.

Ismahane Elouafi

Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) since 2012. Before joining ICBA, she was leading the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). She holds a PhD in Genetics from Cordoba University, Spain and has a passion for science, its management, and its integration with policy. Prior to joining ICBA, Dr. Elouafi held management positions with CFIA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). She also worked as a scientist with several international research organizations such as the International Center for Agricultural Research and Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Maize and Wheat Center (CIMMYT), and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).

Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Shenggen Fan has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.

Dr. Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.

He is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security.

Dr. Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Ruth Haug

Ruth Haug is Professor of Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and began her professional career working nationally and internationally within the field of rural development. At the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ruth Haug was Deputy Vice Chancellor in the period 2008-20013, and before that she was heading the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) for seven years. Her field of expertise is within rural development with focus on agriculture, food and livelihood security; conflicts and forced migration; climate change and management of natural resources; agricultural extension and community development; and gender issues in development. Ruth Haug has been and still is member of several boards and has been involved in many international policy processes in relation to food and agriculture. In particular, she has been representing Norway in CGIAR meetings in the period 1995-2012. She has also been representing Norway in several FAO meetings and is a member of the Svalbard Seed Vault Council. She is also a member of the Swedish Sida research committee.

Catherine Kling

Catherine L. Kling is Professor of Economics at Iowa State University and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and began her professional career at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include non-market valuation methods, especially revealed preference approaches, and interdisciplinary analyses focusing on policy design and incentives for the provision of ecosystem services from agriculture. Her research has been published in the Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Public Economics, Land Economics, and elsewhere.

She is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board, president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and past board member of the AAEA. She has held editorial positions with the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Land Economics. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $7 million of grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as from a variety of state and nonprofit groups.

Simon Maxwell
United Kingdom

Simon Maxwell is an economist with over 40 years’ experience in international development, as field worker, researcher, teacher, and policy adviser. He has degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Sussex. For the first 10 years of his career, he worked and lived in developing countries, first in Kenya and India with UNDP, then as a farming systems economist with the UK aid programme in Bolivia. Returning to Sussex, he then spent 15 years as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, working mainly on poverty, rural development, and food security. He was a member of the UN Advisory Group on Nutrition, and established the Food Security Unit at IDS, working mainly on food issues in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1997, he became Director of the Overseas Development Institute, the UK’s leading independent think-tank on international development. He maintained an interest in food policy during this period, but also wrote widely on development and aid issues. Since 1999, he has been a Senior Research Associate of ODI. His principal engagements include acting as Executive Chair of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (, and specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee. In addition to IFPRI, he is a trustee of the UK Fair Trade Foundation and of the Spanish think-tank, FRIDE. He is on the advisory group of the Institute of Public Policy Research. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development, and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Union’s Commissioner for development. Simon Maxwell is a former President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE for services to international development. A full list of publications and other activities can be found at

Brave Rona Ndisale

Brave Rona Ndisale is the Deputy Director of Social Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) based in Rome. Prior to this post, she was Ambassador to Belgium, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland, The Principality of Monaco, and the European Union since 2008. She previously held senior positions in government and international organizations, including the African Union Commission, in a variety of areas including policy and planning. She has done short-term consultancies with FAO, AFRICARE, and the African Development Bank. She is well versed in the areas of trade, input and product market systems, and land tenure; and is familiar with a broad range of issues in the areas of biotechnology and biosafety, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations. She holds a PhD in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, and was awarded the African Graduate Fellowship (AFGRAD) for her PhD programme.

Beatriz da Silveira Pinheiro

Beatriz da Silveira Pinheiro has a B.S. degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil (1971); specialization in Rice Breeding from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Cali, Colombia (1973); Master in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis, USA (1977); and Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil (1989). She was hired by Embrapa in 1974 to work on irrigated rice breeding in the former UEPAE Pelotas, currently Embrapa Temperate Climate Research Centre. In 1977 she moved to the National Research Center for Rice and Beans to work on drought stress physiology, setting up screening protocols for drought stress evaluation and giving support to the plant breeding team to develop upland rice varieties. Her studies also led to the development of the rice ideotype for climatically favored environments in Brazil (“favored upland rice”).

Alongside these scientific activities, she had been intensively engaged in research management, acting as Coordinator of the National Rice Research Program (1989 to 1993), Executive Secretary of the Embrapa Grains Program (1997 to 2001), Deputy Head of R&D (2001 to 2003) and Center Director (2004 to 2008) of Embrapa Rice and Beans, Goiania, GO. In 2009 she moved to Embrapa Headquarters in Brasilia to act as Advisor to Embrapa's President (2009). In 2010, she had been was nominated the Center Director of a new research unit (Embrapa Studies and Training), also in Brasilia.

In her various technical and management activities, she always acted to promote the Brazilian rice production chain. She has had an active participation in the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture Rice Productive Chain Chamber, has presided by four times the organizing committee of the National Meeting of Rice Research (RENAPA) (1990, 1994, 2002, and 2006), twice the Congress of Rice Productive Chain (2002 and 2006) and coordinated the national activities of the International Year of Rice promoted by FAO (2004). One of her contributions to the production chain was to coordinate the national campaign “Rice and Beans, the Perfect Pair,” aimed to enhance public awareness about the complementarity and nutritional value of traditional Brazilian staple food, which was gradually decreasing in consumption.

Internationally, she has been involved/working as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER) Global and Latin America (1990–1995), member of the Scientific Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (2009–2010), and member of the Advisory Committee for the Conference “Leveraging Agriculture to Improve Nutrition and Health,” organized by IFPRI (2010–2011). Currently, Beatriz is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of IFPRI and member of the Oversight Committee of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), coordinated by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Emorn Udomkesmalee (Wasantwisut)

Dr. Udomkesmalee (Wasantwisut) is Senior Advisor and Former Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand. She holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include micronutrient assessment, bioavailability and metabolism, micronutrient interaction especially of vitamin A and zinc or iron and zinc, and micronutrient and immune function.

In addition to serving on the IFPRI board, she is a member of several international bodies and international committees: Independent Expert Group for Global Nutrition Report; WHO Nutrition Topic Advisory Group on ICD Revision Project; the Country Network Facilitator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group; Steering Committee of the Micronutrient Forum; the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Partnership Council; Founding Member of the International Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (ISISN); Scientific and Public Health Advisory Committee as well as the Scientific Director of International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast Asia Region.

She received her PhD in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, in 1985. Her postdoctoral training was at the Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, Maryland, USA, in 1987.