Program Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas
BioGraham Thiele, PhD, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas (RTB). Graham is a social scientist and expert in targeting, priority setting, and impact and adoption studies of new agricultural technologies. He spent 17 years with the International Potato Center (CIP), most recently as the Leader for Social and Health Sciences. Graham has worked in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Tanzania, Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He helped develop, implement, and assess several, novel participatory methodologies designed to link farmers with markets, inform research agendas, and promote innovation in policies, products, and technology uptake. Graham holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and an MSc in Agricultural Economics. Email: g.thiele(at)cgiar.org
DDG Development, International Potato Center
Oscar Ortiz is the Deputy Director General for Development of the International Potato Center (CIP). He began his career at CIP in 1992 working on impact assessment of integrated pest management as a member of the Social Sciences Department. He was then appointed leader of the Integrated Crop Management Research Division from 2004 to 2011. During 2012 he was the leader of the Integrated Crop and systems Research Global Program, and he was appointed Deputy Director of Research for Regional Science Programs. He has ten years of experience in leading and managing interdisciplinary teams involving both biophysical and Social Sciences. Vast experience in participatory research and training related to integrated insect and disease control, integrated crop management (ICM), agronomy and seed management; impact assessment of research and extension activities; use of the agricultural knowledge and information systems, and of innovation system approaches for research and development; leading seed-related teams on potato and sweetpotato as part of ICM-related research and development; research related to innovation systems. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Oscar holds a PhD in agricultural innovation and rural development from the University of Reading.