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CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems – Oversight Panel Announced

WorldFish’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of the independent members of the inaugural Program Oversight Panel for the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems: Jo Luck (Chair), Chris Barlow, John Kurien, Kyoko Kusakabe, John Lynam and Rekha Mehra. These six members join Stephen Hall (WorldFish representative) and Barbara Schreiner (CGIAR Center representative) in providing strategic oversight and monitoring for the Program, together with guidance on science quality, gender, partnerships and networking. In selecting the Panel, the Board paid particular attention to candidates who contribute strongly to these key areas.
 
“I am impressed by the experience and knowledge these individuals will bring to the Aquatic Agricultural Systems Research Program”, stated Ambassador Remo Gautschi, Board Chair of WorldFish, the lead center for the Program. “The Board is confident that the Panel members will bring the necessary energy, commitment and perspective to the task of guiding the implementation of the Program so that it delivers on its goal to improve the well-being of poor and vulnerable people dependent on aquatic agricultural systems”.
 
Summary bios of the Panel members follow:
 
Jo Luck (Chair) served as Chief Executive and President of Heifer International for 18 years (1992-2010) during which she was instrumental in significantly raising the organization’s annual budget, reach and impact.  She received the World Food Prize in 2010 in recognition of her leadership of Heifer’s work in rural development and poverty reduction.  In 2011 Jo was appointed by President Obama to serve on USAID’s Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.
 
Chris Barlow serves as Fisheries Program Manager for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Prior to joining ACIAR he was the fisheries advisor for the Mekong River Commission.
 
Stephen Hall is Director General of WorldFish. His previous positions include CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and Professor of Marine Biology at Flinders University, Australia.
 
John Kurien was one of the founders of the International Collective in Support of Fish Workers, and is a leading proponent of the rights of fishers and other rural resource users.  He serves as an advisor to FAO on these issues and conducts research on governance in aquatic agricultural systems.
 
Kyoko Kusakabe is associate professor of Gender and Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok.  Her work includes a particular focus on gender and fisheries. 
 
John Lynam served for many years on the agriculture staff of the Rockefeller Foundation and now works as an independent consultant in agriculture and rural development.  He has worked closely with many CGIAR centers and programs and was one of the authors of the new CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework. 
 
Rekha Mehra is Director of Economic Development at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).  In this role she oversaw the independent scoping study of gender in the CGIAR Research Programs.
 
Barbara Schreiner is a water resources and management consultant from South Africa, having previously served in high level positions for the South African Government for over 10 years.  Most recently Barbara was the Deputy Director General of the Policy and Regulation Branch of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.  She is currently sits on the Board of the International Water Management Institute.