Ismahane Elouafi

Ismahane Elouafi has extensive international stakeholder engagement, networking, relationship- and partnership-building experience with public and private sector entities supporting the integration of science and policy. She is currently Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), an international agricultural research center based in the United Arab Emirates. She has been a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Board since 2015, and sits on the Board of the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI). She was recently appointed as a member of the Scientific Group for the 2021 UN Food System Summit.

Previously, she was Director of Research Management and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, overseeing the research and development portfolio on plant health, animal health and food safety. Prior to that she was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Research at the Canadian Federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Earlier in her career, she conducted scientific research, including with Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). She has sat on various strategy expert panels and advisory groups, including with the Food and Agriculture Organization, Global Commission on Adaptation and HarvestPlus. She holds a PhD in Genetics and an MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding.

She was appointed to the CGIAR System Board in September 2020.