AFRICA – CGIAR, the world’s largest publicly-funded research network, has named Guillaume Grosso as its Deputy Executive Managing Director.
Mr. Grosso, a seasoned leader with a rich background in multilateral institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, is set to play a crucial role in shaping CGIAR’s strategy and operations.
In this newly created position, Mr. Grosso will spearhead efforts to enhance CGIAR’s strategy and operations, emphasizing resource mobilization and increased impact.
With a mission to secure a future that is resilient in terms of food, nutrition, and climate challenges, CGIAR aims to leverage Mr. Grosso’s expertise to address urgent global issues.
Mr. Grosso brings a wealth of leadership experience from various sectors, notably serving as the Director of Private Sector and Sovereign Engagement, Donor Relations, and Campaigns at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
His extensive involvement in international health summits and the co-chairing of critical conferences underscores his commitment to global well-being.
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, CGIAR Executive Managing Director, expressed anticipation for Mr. Grosso’s contributions, highlighting the importance of his skills in supporting the One CGIAR integration.
This integration aims to consolidate efforts across global research centers to maximize impact on pressing challenges, particularly those related to food security and climate change.
Dr. Elouafi emphasized Mr. Grosso’s track record in resource mobilization, a key aspect of CGIAR’s ongoing investment campaign.
The campaign, launched at COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, seeks to channel funds into essential science and innovations pivotal for transforming global food, land, and water systems in the face of climate crisis.
CGIAR, comprising over 9,000 staff across 80 countries, collaborates with 3,000 partners to empower small-scale farmers and consumers, providing tools and technologies for adaptation and prosperity.
Expressing his honor in joining CGIAR, Mr. Grosso highlighted the unprecedented need for the science and innovation delivered by CGIAR.
“There has never been a greater need for the science and innovation CGIAR delivers to meet the challenges of climate change and food insecurity. I am honored to be joining the organization as it integrates its operations and gears up funding to deliver the solutions and impact that the world so urgently needs,” he remarked.
Guillaume Grosso’s extensive career includes leadership roles, founding and growing organizations, and driving critical reforms.
His experience spans Gavi, the OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank, and the creation of innovative financial mechanisms for development.
Mr. Grosso is also recognized for his advocacy work, reflected in his involvement in international conferences and as the founder of ONE France, a nonprofit launched under the guidance of Bono.