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Main Governing Bodies of CATIE



CATIE has three main governing bodies:

1. The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA)

2. The Governing Council of Ministers

3. The Board of Directors

The Inter-American Board of Agriculture

The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA) is the supreme governing body of CATIE. It is integrated by 34 member states and holds an ordinary meeting every two years.

The Governing Council of Ministers

The Council consists of 14 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean which are regular or affiliated members of CATIE. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has a permanent seat on the Council, as well a representative of the IABA. This completes a total of 16 members.

Regular member countries are: Belize , Bolivia , Colombia , Costa Rica, El Salvador , Guatemala , Honduras , Mexico , Nicaragua , Panama , Paraguay , Dominican Republic and Venezuela. CATIE also has an additional affiliated member, which is the State of Acre, Brazil.

The President of the Governing Council is Luis Felipe Arauz, current Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica.

The Board of Directors


The Board of Directors consists of 13 members, who provide their services “ad honorem” and meet at least twice a year. The Board includes four permanent members: the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica , the Director General of IICA, a representative of the IABA and a representative of the Governing Council; as well as four directors representing member countries and five directors representing the international community.

Their guidelines are implemented by the Director General of CATIE with the support of the Directors of Administration and Finance, Research, Outreach and Education. The Director General is also the Ex Officio Secretary of the Board.

The Director General of CATIE is appointed by the Board and ratified by the Governing Council for a term of four years and may be reelected only once for an additional period. Currently the Director General of CATIE is Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, who holds this position since 2016.

The Board of Directors

 

 

Renato Alvarado

Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica

Manuel Otero

General Director, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) 


Alexandra Peralta

Ecuador, representative of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture (JIA)


Nigel Poole

President of Board of Directors International community


Gale Garnett

Member country


Ivonne García

Member country

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Esteban Girón

Panamá, representative of the Superior Council

Daniel Barthelemy

International community

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Juventino Gálvez

Member Country

Laura Scandurra

International community

Carlos Casamiquela

International community

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Inocencio Higuera

Member country


 

 

 


Helmut Eger

International community

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Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim

Guyanese, Director General of CATIE
Exofficio Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miembros del Consejo Superior

  • Renato Alvarado, Costa Rica, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
  • Godwin Hulse, Belize, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • César Hugo Cocarico, Bolivia, Ministry of Rural Development and Lands
  • Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE, General Director
  • Andrés Valencia Pinzón, Colombia, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Alexandra Peralta, Ecuador, representative of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture (JIA)
  • Orestes Fredesman Ortez Andrade, El Salvador, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
  • Mario Méndez Montenegro, Guatemala, Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación
  • Mauricio Guevara, Honduras, Secretariat of State of the Offices of Agriculture and Livestock
  • Manuel Otero, General Director of IICA
  • Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula, Mexico, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food
  • Edward Centeno, Nicaragua, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Eduardo Enrique Carles, Panama, Ministry of Agricultural Development
  • Rolando de Barros Barreto, Paraguay, Secretariat of the Environment
  • Osmar Benitez, Dominican Republic, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Wilmar Castro Soteldo, Venezuela, Ministry of People's Power for Agriculture and Land

 

 

 

 

Dr. José Joaquín Campos
Costa Rican, Director General of CATIE

Exofficio Secretary

 

Since March 2008, Dr. Campos has been the Director General at CATIE. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director General at the Center, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Director of the Forestry Department and the director of the Latin American Chair for Territorial Forest Management.

He has worked with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the WWF/Neotropica Foundation in integrated conservation and development projects. He is a member of CATIE’s Graduate School Faculty and adjunct professor at the Laval University in Canada.

His participation in councils and committees includes the Board of Directors of IUFRO and CIFOR, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Korean Forestry Research Institute, the Secretariat of the International Network of Model Forests and the External Advisory Group (Forests) of the World Bank. He was President of the Directorate of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network, member of the Board of Directors of the International Network of Model Forests, and of the Ecosystems Management Committee of the IUCN.

He has over 30 years of professional experience and has published more than 100 publications. He graduated as a Forestry Engineer from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, earned a M.Sc. from CATIE and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

MBA.Gordon MacNeil
Canadian, representing the international community

Permanent member

Mr. MacNeil was hired by the Center for International Development Research in the mid-1970s.

In 1988, he joined the CGIAR system as the first Director of Finances and Administration for Africa Rice in the Ivory Coast. He moved to the World Bank as the senior finance official. He joined IRRI (in the Philippines) in 1998 as Treasurer and Director of Finance. In 2003 he moved to ISNAR in The Hague to help coordinate its legal closing.

Since then, he has conducted many consultancies with the CGIAR Centers. In 2010 he was named Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the Office of the CGIAR Consortium, with headquarters in Montpellier. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of CIAT from 2008 to 2010 (President from 2008-2009). After ending his career with the CGIAR, Mr. MacNeil became an independent consultant.

Ing. Jacobo Alberto Paz
Honduran, Secretary of State in the Office of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras

Representing the Governing Council of CATIE

 

Education

  • S in Animal Science, Louisiana State University, 1978
  • Minor in Agricultural Economics. Louisiana State University, 1978
  • Graduate Program. Stern Business School, New York University, 2000

 

Professional experience

  • Secretary of State for the Office of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras (SAG)
  • Sea-Farms International Inc. Sea Farms Group S.A. General
  • Multi-Investments Group, S.A. General Manager. Poultry Division of Honduras
  • ALCON S.A. Subsidiary of Cargill Inc. Manager of the Food Concentrate Division
  • ALCON S.A. Subsidiary of Cargill Inc. Marketing Manager
  • Central Bank of Honduras. UPCA Project-World Bank. Regional Deputy Director in the city of San Pedro Sula

 

Associations

  • President of the National Association of Aquaculturists of Honduras (ANDAH)
  • President of the Association for the Development of the Southern Zone (ADESUR)
  • Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), Member of the Board of Directors
  • Pan American School of Agriculture. Member of the Board of Trustees

MSc. Mariano Jiménez

Honduran, representative of a member country

Permanent member

Mariano holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration is currently the National Director of the Technical Food and Nutritional Security Unit of Honduras.

Among his achievements and goals reached, are the formation of the Alliance for the Dry Corridor (ADC) whose purpose is to curb poverty and malnutrition through technical investments in agriculture, nutrition and rural infrastructure; the establishment of Food and Nutritional Security Thematic Tables in five regions; Honduras’ Investment Plan for the Agricultural Food Security Sector; Honduras’ proposal to the Global Agriculture and Food Supply Program, among others.

He has experience in public administration in food and nutritional security, in the area of agricultural production, poultry production, agricultural extension, and public and private banks. Mariano Jimenez is the founding partner of Jiménez, Reyes and Associates, a multi-disciplinary team of free-lance experts with over 35 years of experience in consultancies, advising and project management for the food and agriculture sector, at the public and private level.