Illustration. © Delphine Guard-Lavastre, Cirad

Governing bodies and commitees

CIRAD's governance centres on three bodies: a Board of Trustees, a Science Council and a joint INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Committee on Ethics in Agricultural Research.

Board of trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governance body that sets the broad outlines of CIRAD's operations. It deliberates on a range of strategic, scientific, budgetary and financial topics, such as the establishment's budget and accounts, how it operates and its activity programme, research and procurement contracts to be signed, and general organizational, recruitment and staff pay conditions. It is chaired by CIRAD's CEO.

The Board of Trustees has three types of members: State representatives, distinguished external experts, and representatives elected by CIRAD's staff. There are five State representatives: one for each of CIRAD's two line ministries – the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation –, and one from each of the following: the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, the Ministry of French Overseas Regions, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. This group is supplemented by six distinguished external experts recognized both in France and elsewhere for their expertise in research and cooperation for development, and six representatives elected by and from CIRAD's staff.

The Board of Trustees meets on average four times a year. Its eighteen members are elected or appointed for five years.

Chair: Élisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin


State representatives

  • Enrique Barriuso
    Representing the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation
  • Valérie Baduel
    Representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Julien Astoul-Delseny
    Representing the Ministry of French Overseas Regions
  • Donatienne Hissard
    Representing the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Colin Thomas
    Representing the Ministry for the Economy and Finance

Distinguished experts

  • Thierry Blandinières
    Managing Director of the agricultural cooperative group In Vivo
  • Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko
    African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
  • Philippe Mauguin
    President, Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement (INRAE)
  • Mariam Sow
    Executive Secretary, ENDA Pronat
  • Valérie Verdier
    Chairman of the Board and CEO, IRD
  • Bertrand Walckenaer
    Deputy Director General, Agence française de développement (AFD)

Elected representatives

  • Thomas Balenghien
    Staff representative
  • Nathalie Cialdella
    Staff representative
  • Françoise Gérard
    Staff representative
  • François-Régis Goebel
    Staff representative
  • Thibaud Martin
    Staff representative
  • Laurence Ollivier
    Staff representative

Participants as of right, in an advisory capacity

  • Béatrice Avot
    Controller for Economy and Finance, Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation
  • Pierre Defaut
    Secretary, Works Council, CIRAD
  • Denis Marange


Émilie Klander

Science Council

The Science Council assists CIRAD's President Managing Director. It is consulted about CIRAD's research and study programmes. It makes statements on their content and operating methods. It may make proposals concerning research strategy. It gives its opinion on the creation or dissolution of scientific departments. It is backed by the assessments of research units conducted by the Agence d'évaluation de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur. It produces an annual report that is submitted to the Board of Trustees. The responsibilities of the Science Council are set out in the current version of Decree no. 84-429 dated 5 June 1984 confirming the founding and structure of CIRAD.

The Science Council comprises:

  • ten French and foreign scientific experts, including at least eight from outside CIRAD, appointed by the Minister of Research and the Minister for Cooperation and Development;
  • five members elected by CIRAD's staff.

Science Council members have a three-year term of office, which may be renewed.

Chair: Alioune Fall, Director General, ISRA (Dakar, Senegal), President, FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa)

Secretaries: Marie de Lattre-Gasquet (UMR Art-Dev) and Alexia Prades (UMR Qualisud)

Appointed members

  • Philippe Baret
    Dean, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, and Professor, Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)
  • Ana Cristina Miranda Brasileiro
    Principal Plant Genomics Researcher, EMBRAPA (Brasilia, Brazil)
  • Christine Cherbut
    Deputy Director General for Science and Innovation, INRAE (Paris)
  • Diana Fernandez
    Researcher, IRD, Plant Health Institute Montpellier (PHIM) (Montpellier, France)
  • Gilles Kleitz
    Head, Department of Ecological Transitions and Natural Resources, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) (Paris, France)
  • Paco Sérémé
    ex-Chair of Governing Board, ICRISAT (Hyderabad, India) and Director of Research, INERA/CNRST (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
  • Camilla Toulmin
    Senior Associate, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (London, United Kingdom)
  • Renuganth Varatharajoo
    Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Relations), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Barbara Wieland
    Leader, Herd Health Team, Animal and Human Health Programme, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia)

Elected staff representatives

  • Pierre Brat (UMR QualiSud, Montpellier)
  • William's Daré (UPR GREEN, Montpellier)
  • Driss Ezzine de Blas (UPR Forests and Societies), Vice-Chair of the Science Council
  • Paule Moustier (UMR MOISA, Montpellier)
  • Mathilde Sester (UPR AIDA, Cambodia)

INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Committee on Ethics in Agricultural Research

The Committee on Ethics in Agricultural Research, set up by CIRAD and INRAE (ex-INRA) in October 2007, has a remit to discuss, advise, raise awareness and if necessary raise the alarm. It extended its activities to include IFREMER in April 2016, and IRD in October 2019. It examines ethical questions raised by research activities and the research process in the fields of food, agriculture, the sea, the environment and sustainable development, particularly those that concern the relationships between science and society. It has published 12 statements, available on our website. The latest concerns genetic modification opf animals in the light of genome editing.

As of 1 December 2020, the INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Committee on Ethics in Agricultural Research has 12 members, appointed by joint decision by the Presidents of INRAE, CIRAD, IFREMER, and IRD.

Vice-Chair and Interim Chair: Michel Badré, engineer, member of the Conseil économique, social, et environnemental, representing the group of environmental associations.


  • Madeleine Akrich
    Director of Research, Ecole des Mines de Paris (Center for Sociology of Innovation)
  • Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent
    Emeritus Professor, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Céline Boudet
    Scientific Coordinator; specialist in health and environmental risk analysis (epidemiology, toxicology, bio-statistics), Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS)
  • Jean-Louis Bresson
    Nutritionist; University Professor; founder of Necker-Cochin Clinical Investigation Centre
  • Mireille Dosso
    Director, Institut Pasteur, Ivory Coast; Professor of Microbiology
  • Françoise Gaill
    Director of Research, CNRS; adviser to CNRS General Management
  • Stéphanie Lacour
    Director of Research, CNRS; Deputy Director, Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique, ENS Paris-Saclay; Head, CNRS "Standards, Science and Technology" research group (GDR)
  • Louis-Etienne Pigeon
    Environmental ethics philosopher; doctor of philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy, Université Laval (Québec, Canada); lecturer, Université Laval
  • Marie-Geneviève Pinsart
    Philosopher; professor of philosophy and member of the Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires en bioéthique, Free University of Brussels; member of the IRD Consultative Ethics Committee for Research in Partnership (CCERP)
  • Pere Puigdomènech
    Professor, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, specializing in plant molecular biology
  • Michel Sauquet
    Graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, PhD in Applied Economics
  • Hervé Théry
    Geographer, associate professor, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

The secretariat of the Committee is provided jointly by the four organizations, with INRAE administrative support:

  • INRAE: Christine CHARLOT, General Secretary, supported by Nathalie HERMET
  • IRD: Chloé DESMOTS