Following an open and competitive search process, Juan Restrepo was selected as a chair by the GFAR Steering Committee during its 28th meeting, held in Istanbul. Juan takes up the role with immediate effect.
// GFAR announces new appointments
The Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research has selected a new chair for the period 2013-2016: Juan Lucas Restrepo Ibiza, from Colombia. Juan Restrepo has an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and has great administrative experience in the public, private and producer federation sectors, where he has addressed various issues ranging from policy making to entrepreneurial development, strategies, planning, institutional change and project design and execution.
The Steering Committee also appointed Ruth Oniang'o as vice-chair of GFAR from the start of October 2013, when she will succeed the current vice-chair, Claudio Barriga of Chile.
// GFAR Steering Committee
The Committee reviews and approves the Global Forum’s general policy and strategy. The aim is to ensure that both the Global Forum’s policy and strategy are consistent with its mission and objectives.
The Steering Committee comprises of 13 members that represent private sector, farmer organisations, facilitating agencies, NGOs and donors working in agricultural research for development. Currently, following Platform member-organisations are represented at the GFAR Steering Committee: IFAD (Shantanu Mathur, Senior Technical Adviser), CGIAR (Anne Marie Izac, Chief Science Office) and FAO (Yao Xiangjun, Director of FAO's Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension). Nikita Eriksen Hamel, CIDA Focal Point, is representing the GFAR Donor Support Group and is also a member of the Steering Commitee management team.