Geneviève Renard has worked in Communications for non-profit organizations for the past 25 years, mostly in the field of agricultural research, and taught literature and philosophy in Niger, Belgium and Ethiopia. She received an M.A. in Romance Philology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (U.C.L), and an M.A. in Communications from Utah State University.
Renard worked as a writer, editor and translator for various CGIAR Centers, Hohenheim University, and NGOs in Niger, West Africa. From 2008 to 2012, she lived in Ethiopia where she consulted for ZOA, a Dutch refugee agency. She lectured for the Communications Department at the University of Addis Ababa, then worked as a Communications Specialist for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). In 2011, Renard joined the WRENmedia team, a communications agency based in the UK.
Since 2012, she has served as Communications Officer for the CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE at CIMMYT. In 2015, she was appointed head of CIMMYT’s Corporate Communications Unit.