The Board of Trustees establishes the objectives and overall direction of CIMMYT, reviews and approves the Center’s strategy, business plan and annual budget, and sets and monitors various metrics of Center management and performance. A key Board responsibility is to appoint and monitor the performance of the Director General.
The Board formally meets twice a year. It is the responsibility of the Board Secretary to organize the meetings, ensure proper documentation of the Board’s business and support the Board Chair and other members.
The Board of Trustees delivers some of its work with the assistance of Board committees, which ensure efficient and effective implementation of the Board’s business.
Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
The Board of Trustees has established this committee to get advice it on all matters related to Internal and External Audit, Finance, Compliance and Risk Management. The Committee consists of selected Board Members and an external advisor, who chairs the committee.
Committee members: Nicole Birrell, Margaret Bath, José Cacho Ribeiro, Harry de Roo (Chair – Non-Board Member).
Board Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of six members and may meet in between formal Board meetings if circumstances require Board involvement.
Committee Members: Bill Angus, Margaret Bath, Nicole Birrell (Chair), José Cacho Ribeiro, Ramesh Chand, Martin Kropff.
Organization and structure
CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees consists of internationally recognized and experienced experts with diverse backgrounds and skills. Current Board members represent a diverse pool of expertise in the areas of agricultural science, development and policy; financial management; business management and economics; and other professional disciplines.
The Board of Trustees comprises up to 12 voting members, one of whom is a member selected by the Government of Mexico. Eight of the voting members are elected by the Board from among persons nominated by CGIAR. The other three voting members are selected by a Nominations committee appointed for this purpose.
Additionally, there are four non-voting members, including a member selected by the Government of Mexico and CIMMYT’s Director General.
Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture serves as Honorary Chair of the Board.