CSISA Leadership

Dr. Andrew McDonald, CIMMYT

CSISA Project Leader

Andrew McDonald is Cropping Systems Agronomist, CIMMYT and Project Leader for CSISA. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Crop and Soil Sciences from Cornell University. Andrew is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Dr. Timothy J. Krupnik, CIMMYT

Bangladesh Country Coordinator

Timothy Krupnik is systems agronomist with CIMMYT, and holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Environmental Studies (Agroecology) and International Agricultural Development from the University of California. His role in CSISA is to coordinate partnerships between CGIAR centers, NGOs, NARES and the private sector, and to align applied research with strategic development activities.


Dr. David Johnson, IRRI

Overall IRRI representative

David Johnson is leader for activities on Sustainable Rice-based Production Systems at the International Rice Research Institute. David’s role in CSISA is to support the team and coordinate between activities in the project with others in which IRRI is involved; he is responsible for the IRRI activities and contributions to CSISA.


Dr. Ramkanwar Malik, CIMMYT

India Country Coordinator

R.K. Malik is Senior Agronomist at CIMMYT. He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) and joined the same as Assistant Professor in 1977. He has since travelled widely and worked in multicultural teams towards the development and dissemination of resource conservation technologies, crop residue management and sustainable crop rotations in wheat and maize based cropping systems.


Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, IRRI

IRRI representative

Sudhanshu Singh is IRRI Rainfed Lowland Agronomist and will play the overall IRRI coordination role within CSISA for managing day-to-day project activities across Bangladesh, India and Nepal. His role requires him to liaise closely with project partners and build relationship with other stakeholders to ensure effective dissemination of CSISA technologies.


Dr. David Spielman, IFPRI

Overall IFPRI representative

David J. Spielman joined IFPRI in 2004 and is currently a senior research fellow based in Washington, DC. David received a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2003, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 1993 and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992.


Cynthia Mathys, CIMMYT

CSISA Project Manager

Cynthia Mathys is the Project Manager for CSISA and has been working with CIMMYT since January 2013. She is based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with frequent travel to India and periodic travel to Bangladesh. She holds a Master’s degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.