Steering Council  

Visionary leaders who provide grounding knowledge of cutting-edge research, development, partnerships, private-sector engagement, and funding priorities of AgMIP.

Co-chairs 2023-2025

Morven A. McLean

Morven A. McLean is Director, Global Strategy, Regulatory and Public Affairs at Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring high-quality, cutting-edge crop innovations are available and accessible to those that need them most.  Morven is an agricultural scientist with 20+ years of experience developing and implementing applied agricultural research and capacity building programs that address scientific, regulatory and trade issues related to agricultural innovation and food security. She has worked internationally with governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public and private sectors on issues of policy and regulation pertaining to agricultural, forest and aquatic biotechnology. Morven has served as a technical expert on biotechnology risk assessment, regulation and policy for many organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Environmental Program, as well as many national governments in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South America. In addition to serving on AgMIP’s Steering Council, Morven is a member of the Governing Council for the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden. She received her B.Sc. (Agriculture) from McGill University, M.Sc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, and Ph.D. in molecular plant virology from the University of British Columbia. 

Francisco Meza

Francisco Javier Meza is Professor of the Facultad de Agronomía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Adjunct Professor of the Ohio State University. He is member of the Center for Global Change (Centro de Cambio Global UC), an interdisciplinary Research Center within the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and co-Director of Aquasec, water security center of excellence of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change. He is coordinator of the science advisory council on agricultural sustainability for the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation. He is lead author of the IPCC Special report on Land and IPCC AR6 Chapter 5 on Food Fiber and other Ecosystem Products. Member of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Chile. He has produced more than 70 publications in Peer Review Journals. His areas of research are climate risk management, modelling of agricultural systems, and the assessment of vulnerability, impacts and adaptation of agricultural systems and water resources to climate variability and climate change. He holds a B.Sc in Agronomy and M.Sc. in Engineering both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from Cornell University.

Members 2023-2025

Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha

Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha is an Agriculture Sector Risk Assessment Specialist in the CARE for South Asia Project at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand and a Tenured Professor in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) in Pakistan. He is serving as the Heading Program Chair, Climate Change at the Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security, which is funded by the USAID. He is also currently serving as a Vice Chairman of the Confucius Institute, at the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad since 2014. He has been associated with University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-Pakistan since 2001, and has established various laboratory facilities, and extension projects at the organization, including establishment of Agro-Climatology Lab at the Department of Agronomy, establishment of Agricultural Information Systems, installation of FATE and Rain Out Shelter for stress experiments, upgradation of facilities for plant analysis at Climate Change Cell and Glasshouse at Field Lab, at the Department of Agronomy. He has co-authored 70 scientific research paper with impact factor, 60 scientific research papers in HEC-recognized journals, and has written around more than five chapters in international published books.

Martin Bwalya

Martin Bwalya is Head, Programme Development and Strategic Planning at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) – African Union’s Implementing Agency. He is a Machinery Design and Management Engineer by training. Has worked many years in machinery design, specialising in research-and-development of farm reduced tillage equipment within the context of conservation agriculture.Has since 2000, worked in several international organisations in the field of development, in general, and agriculture, food and nutrition security, in particular. Joined NEPAD Agency in 2008 as lead specialist on land and water and farm machinery, moving on to Head the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP): Africa’s continental framework for agricultural transformation (2009-2014); with a focus on strategic leadership and coordination of continental, regional and national expert support on formulation, implementation and evaluation of national and regional agricultural development plans-policiesHas extensive experience in research, foresight analytical work and African development issues including connecting across various national and regional needs and interests in multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial systems. Additional to agriculture-SLWM and farm machinery, thematic focus include, irrigation and climate smart agriculture – co-chair of the Global Alliance for CSA (GACSA), 2014-2018. Work on CAADP gave Mr Bwalya extensive exposal and experience with rural livelihoods, in general, and farming, in particular, in over 30 countries in Africa.

Jessica Fanzo

Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at Johns Hopkins University. She holds appointments in the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy & Ethics Program, and as Director of Food & Nutrition Security at Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World. From 2021 to 2022, Jess was the Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs at SAIS. She leads on the development of the Food Systems Dashboard and the Food Systems Countdown Initiative, in collaboration with the Global Alliance from Improved Nutrition (GAIN). She currently serves on the Food Systems Economic and EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commissions. Before joining Hopkins, Jess held positions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and College of Medicine, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN), the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. She was also the Editor-in-Chief for the Global Food Security Journal, the Associate Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and Team Leader for the UN High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition.  In 2021, she published her first book, Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?

Patty Fong

Patty Fong is Principal at EcoIntegrity and Program Director for Climate and Health at Global Alliance for the Future of Food, an alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform food systems globally. Her work currently focuses on advocating for an integrated policy approach to food, climate and health. She was formerly founding COO and Program Director for Energy Efficiency and Buildings for more than a decade at the European Climate Foundation, a major philanthropic initiative established by several global foundations in 2008, with a focus on European leadership on climate and energy. Early on in her career, Patty helped launch and manage the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program, the first major philanthropic initiative on climate and energy in China. Patty has Bachelors degrees with highest honors in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Shibani Ghosh

Shibani Ghosh is a public health nutritionist with over 20 years of experience working in the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is the Associate Director for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and a Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Her research interests include examining malnutrition in all its forms, formulating and implementing evidence based interventions targeting nutritionally disadvantaged populations and translation of innovative basic and clinical sciences research into applied community based research.  Specifically, she works on understanding the agriculture-nutrition linkages, examining biological determinants of stunting, diet and other non-diet determinants of stunting in infants and young children and testing interventions to improve maternal and infant nutrition and growth.

Molly Jahn

Molly Jahn is a professor in the Department of Agronomy, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also served as the 12th dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station and Special Advisor to the Provost for Sustainability Science.  She previously served as Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of USDA under President Barack Obama and is presently on an Inter-Agency Personnel Agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Hayden Montgomery

Hayden Montgomery is Programme Director for Agriculture at the Global Methane Hub. Hayden served as the Special Representative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases from 2016 until 2022, representing its 66 member countries in all international forums and facilitating mitigation research between its members and partner organizations. From 2013 to 2016 he was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Prior to these appointments Hayden gained considerable experience within the United Nations climate change process, representing New Zealand in agriculture, land use and forestry negotiations between 2006 and 2012. During this time (2010-2012) he was also based in the New Zealand Embassy in Paris where he represented New Zealand in other relevant processes and organizations including the OECD, UNEP and FAO, and spear-headed New Zealand’s international research cooperation on agricultural greenhouse gases. In addition to his international experience Hayden was involved in the development of New Zealand’s domestic agricultural climate change policy. Hayden is based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Sithembile Mwamakamba

Sithembile Mwamakamba currently serves as the Director of Policy Research and Analysis at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). With a strong focus on transforming food systems, promoting nutrition, fostering resilience, addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, and advancing sustainable development, Sithembile’s expertise has been instrumental in shaping policies and practices in these critical areas. She spearheads projects that enhance the connection between research, policy, and practice, ultimately driving increased investment and policy support for developing resilient food systems across Africa. She has a wealth of experience in policy advocacy and stakeholder engagement at the international and regional levels. Her vast knowledge encompasses a wide range of sustainable development issues, positioning her as a thought leader in the field. Notably, she serves as a valued member of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) Steering Council, the Farming First Steering Committee, and the Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) Advisory Board. Additionally, she holds the esteemed position of Co-chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Thematic Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Soora Naresh Kumar

Soora Naresh Kumar is Professor at the Centre for Environment Science and Climate Resilient Agriculture, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. He is leading the InfoCrop modelling group and is involved in AgMIP since its inception in 2011 as a member of AgMIP-wheat, rice, maize and potato pilot groups. He has developed models for perennials (coconut, grape) and annual crops (green gram and others). Research interests include assessment of impacts, adaptation gains and vulnerability of major crops to climate change in India and implementation of climate change adaptation in farmers’ fields. He is the Government of India as well as IPCC Expert Reviewer for IPCC reports. Currently leading the National Facility for Capacity Building on Simulation Modelling in Agriculture. He is also leading the modelling teams in National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project and in Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change, Govt of India project.

Claudia Ringler

Claudia Ringler is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A thought leader on water for food, she currently co-leads the CGIAR NEXUS Gains Initiative that aims to jointly improve water, energy and food security as well as environmental sustainability. She has more than 200 publications in the areas of global water and food security, irrigation, gender-water and gender-climate change linkages, on the synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation and on the role of energy in transforming agricultural systems. In 2021, she was awarded honorary life memberships by both the International Water Resources Association and the International Association of Agricultural Economics for her lifelong contributions to the fields of water resources and agricultural economics, respectively. Dr. Ringler has a PhD in agricultural economics from University of Bonn and an MA in International Development Economics from Yale University.

Mark W. Rosegrant

Mark W. Rosegrant is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. With a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, he has extensive experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. From 2003-2018 he directed research on climate change, water resources, sustainable land management, genetic resources and biotechnology, and agriculture and energy. He is the author or editor of 15 books and 100+ refereed papers in agricultural economics, water resources, and food policy analysis. He has won numerous awards, such as Outstanding Journal Article (2008), Quality of Communications Award (2004), and Distinguished Policy Contribution Award (2002) awarded by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (formerly American Agricultural Economics Association); and Best Article Award (2005) from the International Water Resources Association. Dr. Rosegrant is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. 


Peter Thorburn

Peter Thorburn an agricultural scientist with strong multidisciplinary interests in the dynamics of soil-plant interactions and a strong commitment to enhancing the sustainability of agricultural systems. With a background in soil science and plant physiology, his work focuses on developing and applying simulation models to understand soil and plant interactions in agricultural production systems, aiming to determine management systems that can reduce detrimental environmental impacts while, still continuing to produce significant economic and social outcomes in current and future climates. His research has won international awards and has had substantial policy impact. Dr Thorburn is a Senior Principal Research Scientist within CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Business Unit. He is the CSIRO representative on the APSIM Imitative, the joint venture that owns the APSIM farming systems model. 


Sibiry Traore

Sibiry Traore is a systems scientist specialized in agricultural risk control and value chain orchestration. He is, by training, a physical geographer and a remote sensing expert. With Manobi Africa, he developed agCelerant and the concept of phygital agriculture, which captures the emergent opportunity for robust, physically based, digitally driven solutions to secure the sustainability, transparency, and honorable sourcing of tomorrow’s food systems. Sibiry designed and co-led several innovative projects such as SERVIR West Africa, HEURISTICS, NADiRA and STARS, raising R&D grants from USAID, DARPA, ESA, the European Commission, the World Bank, IsDB, BMGF and others. Sibiry published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and developed novel partnerships involving the CGIAR, national agricultural research systems (NARS), NGOs, the private sector and academia. More recently, he developed a vibrant partnership with AIMS-NEI, creating internship and employment opportunities for AI/ML graduates in the agriculture and space sectors. Seconded to the private sector as in-business researcher, Sibiry leads the Digital Agriculture Cluster at ICRISAT.


Martin van Ittersum

Martin van Ittersum holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Science from Wageningen University. He is a professor at the Plant Production Systems group of the same university. His research and teaching focus on research concepts and methods for the analysis, design and integrated assessment of agricultural systems from field to farm, regional and global level. He has led and is leading a large number of (inter)national projects dealing with global food availability, integrated assessment of agricultural systems, yield gap analysis, phosphorus scarcity, climate change and circular food systems. He was the co-chair of the 1st and 4th editions of the International Conference on Global Food Security and will be the chair of the 5th edition (2024 in Leuven, Belgium). In 2015 and 2016 he was the interim chair of the Farming Systems Ecology group at Wageningen University. Since September 2022 he is visiting professor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He has been nominated a highly-cited researcher (Clarivate) from 2015 to 2022 and has (co-)authored ca. 200 papers in international scientific journals.

Yan Zhu

Yan Zhu received her PhD degree from the Nanjing Agricultural University, China in 2003, now she is the Dean of College of Agriculture and the Director of National Engineering and Technology Center for Information Agriculture at Nanjing Agricultural University. Her research works are mainly focused on information agriculture, specifically on crop modelling, crop monitoring, and evaluation of climate change impact. Over 120 papers in journals indexed by the Web of Science had been published, 30 National Invention Patents had been issued, and supervised over 40 graduate students and 2 postdoctoral scholars in the past 15 years. Due to her outstanding achievements, she has awarded 4 National Second-Class Progress Awards for Science & Technology of China, and been elected to the “The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, China” and “14th Young Women Scientist Award of China” in 2017, “Leading Young Talents of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China” in 2013, and “12th Young Scientist Award of China” in 2011.

Ex-Officio Members 2023-2025

Lisa Ainsworth

Lisa Ainsworth is the Research Leader of the USDA ARS Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit and Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She directs the Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment (SoyFACE) facility, the longest running open-air experiment for studying crop responses to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and ozone pollution. She received her BS in Biology at UCLA and PhD in Crop Sciences from UIUC. Her research addresses crop responses to global atmospheric change and potential solutions to mitigate climate change through agriculture. She has long studied photosynthetic responses of plants to climate change, and her research is broadly integrative, from genetic to agronomic scales. Lisa serves on the Science Advisory Board for the Boyce Thompson Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. In 2019, she was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agricultural Sciences and was an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2020.

Ismahane Elouafi

Ismahane Elouafi is Chief Scientist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and part of FAO’s core leadership structure. With nearly two decades of experience in agricultural research and development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Ms Elouafi is a strong advocate for diversifying into neglected and underutilized crops. She is also internationally known for her work on promoting use of non-fresh water in agriculture and empowerment of women in science. Ms. Elouafi has been a member of various strategy expert panels and advisory groups. Her contributions to science and policy have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards and accolades, in particular the Excellence in Science Award from the Global Thinkers Forum. Dr. Elouafi holds a Ph.D. in Genetics.

Alessandro Moscuzza

Alessandro Moscuzza is a Programme Management Adviser with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of Global Environment Facility, where he is responsible for the Biodiversity portfolio. He was previously a Climate Change and Environment Adviser with the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London and has been the FCDO Senior Responsible Owner for the AgMIP project from 2011 to 2020.  He has spent the last two decades working on international development and sustainability issues and has held various postings in the UK and overseas including Africa, Asia and in Brussels, where he was seconded to the European Commission. He holds a BA, MA and an MSc from the University of London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London and a member of the American Geophysical Union.

Thomas Worth

Thomas Worth is the Director of the Resource and Rural Economic Division (RRED) at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). He leads ERS’s research on conservation and land use, climate and energy, rural households and the economy, farm finance, agricultural technology, productivity, market structure. In this role, he also oversees ERS’s Regional Environment and Agriculture Programming Model (REAP), which examines the environmental impacts of changes in technology, commodity supply or demand, and environmental policies. Thomas first joined ERS in August of 1997 in the Specialty Crops Branch, where he did research on international trade, market structure, and risk. In 2002, he moved to USDA’s Risk Management Agency a Senior Economist, and then as Chief Actuary. He served as a technical expert for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors, and provided technical assistance to Congressional staff, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and across USDA. He also provided technical advice to officials from crop insurance programs in several countries. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Steering Council (2018-2022)

Ghassem Asrar, Co-chair, USRA, USA
Jean-Francois Soussana, Co-Chair, INRAE, France
Martin Bwalya, NEPAD, South Africa
Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Peter Craufurd, CIMMYT, Kenya
Jessica Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Soora Naresh Kumar, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India
Morven McLean, GatesAgOne, USA
Michael Robertson, CSIRO, Australia
Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA
Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University UR, Netherlands
Yan Zhu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Ex Officio Members
Alessandro Moscuzza, UK Aid, United Kingdom
Marco Sanchez, FAO, Italy
Wei Xiong, CIMMYT, China

Steering Council (2014-2018)

Ghassem Asrar, Co-chair, USRA, USA
Jean-Francois Soussana, Co-Chair, INRAE, France

Sandy Andelman, Conservation International, USA
Eduardo Assad, Embrapa Informatica Agropecuaria, Brazil
Boubacar Barry, West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Burkina Faso
Peter Craufurd, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Kenya
Jerry Hjelle, International Life Sciences Institute, USA
Julie Howard, USA
Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Brian Keating, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
Prabhu Pingali, Cornell University, USA
John Porter, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA
Phil Thornton, International Livestock Research Institute, United Kingdom
Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University UR, Netherlands
Wei Xiong, University of Florida, USA

Ex Officio Members
Alessandro Moscuzza, UK Aid, United Kingdom
Marc Sadler, The World Bank Group, USA
Steve Shafer, United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, USA
Rob Vos, Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy
Stanley Wood, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Science Steering Group (2010-2014)

Mannava V.K. Sivakumar, Co-chair, World Meteorological Organization, India
Martin Parry, Co-chair, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
PK Aggarwal, International Water Management Institute and Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, India
Eduardo Assad, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, Brazil
Andre Bationo, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Burkina Faso
Michele Bernardi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Retired), Italy
Mark Cane, Columbia University, USA
Mark Howden, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA
Jean-Francois Soussana, Institut National de La Recherche Agronomique, France
Philip Thornton, International Livestock Research Institute Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, United Kingdom
Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University – Plant Production Systems, The Netherlands