Our People


A4NH is grateful for the committed governing bodies and individuals below who provide the program with everything from strategic guidance and planning and monitoring oversight, to input on performance and new directions, as well as day-to-day management. Together, these management and governance bodies help ensure A4NH’s continued success.

Independent Steering Committee (ISC)

In Phase II, the Independent Steering Committee (ISC) replaced Phase I's Independent Advisory Committee (IAC), enabling it to take on a more active governance role. The ISC not only provides advice on strategic direction and priority-setting for the overall program, but it also undertakes a formal review and approval of A4NH’s annual plan of work and budget, plans for program evaluations, and strategies. The ISC reports to the IFPRI Board annually with recommendations and proposed management responses.

Planning and Management Committee (PMC)

The Planning and Management Committee (PMC), which includes CGIAR and non-CGIAR members, oversees the planning, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the program. Members include representatives from all Managing Partners, the five Flagship Leaders, the A4NH Director, as well as one member of the Gender, Equity, and Empowerment unit and the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning units. The PMC meets face-to-face twice annually and virtually on a monthly basis.

Flagship Leaders

Each of the five Flagship Programs has a designated Flagship Leader who is accountable to the A4NH Director for developing and implementing a high-quality collaborative work plan as well as ensuring quality of the flagship's activities and outputs. In Phase II, individual Flagship Programs are encouraged to have their own management groups, and Flagship Leaders are encouraged to self-manage budgets and work plans mapped to their specific Flagship Program.

Managing Partners

Managing Partners play a key role in A4NH's Phase II. They include representatives from five CGIAR Centers (Bioversity International, CIAT, IFPRI, IITA, and ILRI) as well as two external partners: Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). They are represented on the Planning and Management Committee, recruit and co-manage Flagship and cluster leaders and researchers, and actively support CRP-level resource mobilization, communication, and advocacy.

Program Management Unit (PMU)

The A4NH Program Management Unit (PMU) consists of a small number of staff based at the lead center, IFPRI, who support the implementation of the program. The PMU has two main functions: to support Flagship Program leaders, the ISC, and the PMC in all aspects of program implementation; and to coordinate CRP-level programming for monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and learning; strategic partnerships; capacity development; knowledge management; and communications.