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Marco Ferroni

Marco Ferroni

Chair, CGIAR System Board


Dr. Ferroni advises public-, private-, and social-sector partners on agriculture, food systems and sustainable productivity growth. He has a passion for public-private cooperation in agriculture, having worked with agricultural input companies, investors, foundations, governments, and science and technology leaders to support agricultural transformations, particularly in Sub- Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Dr. Ferroni has been the Chair of the CGIAR System Management Board since July 2017. He is also on the board of the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan and recently completed his term as Adjunct Professor in agriculture and environmental sciences at McGill University.

For ten years to September 2017, Dr. Ferroni served as the Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, a developer and incubator of scalable solutions for smallholder farmers in the areas of crop improvement, seed systems, agronomic services, agri-business development, and risk management including weather insurance. He was previously an Executive Director at the Inter-American Investment Corporation and a board member and Alternate Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he also served as the Deputy Manager of the Sustainable Development Department. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for sector strategies and technical support to Country Departments in agriculture, rural transformation, and social sectors, among other functions. He was a Senior Advisor to the World Bank's corporate focal point on funder relations, concessional resources, and partnerships. Earlier in his career, he was a development economist and trade diplomat in foreign economic affairs in his native Switzerland. He has authored wellregarded papers, conference presentations, and peer-reviewed publications over many years. He has also edited/co-edited special issues of journals and several books.

Dr. Ferroni brings strong leadership skills and wide-ranging work and life experience accumulated during a career in corporate philanthropy, government, and multilateral organizations. He played a leading role in articulating the One CGIAR vision and has been instrumental in helping to align funders, centers, the system organization, and stakeholders around the concept. His continued involvement will be invaluable in the ongoing process to advance the structural re-organization and realignment that One CGIAR requires.