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Elwyn Grainger-Jones

Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization, CGIAR System Organization

Elwyn Grainger-Jones has more than 20 years’ experience and expertise in development, agriculture and climate change, having previously held positions at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and
the World Bank. An economist by training, he played a leading role in establishing the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds and IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program.

He became Executive Director for the CGIAR System Organization in October 2016 and is based at the CGIAR System Management Office in Montpellier, France.


  • –present
    Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization , Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research


  • 1993 
    University of Warwick, MSc