Bob Semple has more than 40 years’ business experience working as an accountant, auditor and consultant. He joined the CIMMYT Board of Trustees in March 2014 and is the Chair of Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the System Management Organisation of the CGIAR.
He is a director of Global Standards 1 Ireland, a supply chain standards organization, and Board Chair of Suas, a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing quality education to disadvantaged children. For 36 years, he worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers, where, most recently, he was partner responsible for governance and risk management services.
Semple has a B.Sc. from University College Dublin, is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, of the Irish Computer Society and of ICSA, the Governance Institute. He now works as an independent consultant – specialising in board effectiveness reviews – and as a lecturer in governance and risk management for a number of universities and professional bodies. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.