Managing Director, Global Engagement & Innovation, Exec. Management Team Convener, CGIAR System Org.
Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR, is a development expert with over 25 years of experience in policies and programs. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director General for Asia and Pacific for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where she advocated and supported the FAO’s work on food, agriculture, water, forestry, fisheries, livestock, one health, nutrition and climate change. Prior to joining the FAO, she worked in leading international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations, leading multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary teams on macroeconomic policy, governance, agricultural policy, emergency response, and poverty.