Nicole Birrell became the chair of the CIMMYT Board of Trustees in October 2016. She has served on the Board since March 2014 and is a member of the Executive and Audit, Finance, and Risk committees.
Birrell has over 25 years’ experience in wholesale and investment banking in Australia and the U.K., with expertise in strategic and operational risk management, financial markets and not-for-profit organizations. She is presently a Director of SMS Management & Technology Ltd and Victorian Plantations Corporation. Previously, Birrell has been a Director of Wheat Quality Australia Ltd, Superpartners Pty Ltd, Queensland Sugar Ltd, Grains Research and Development Corporation and AusBulk Ltd and a member of Wheat Exports Australia. In each of these organizations she was the chair or a member of the committee responsible for audit, compliance and risk management oversight.
Birrell holds a degree in applied economics from the University of Antwerp and a M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.