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. 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. Avinash Kishore, IFPRI

IFPRI representative

Avinash Kishore joined IFPRI in September 2012 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow after completing his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. He obtained Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University before joining the PhD program. Avinash coordinates IFPRI’s CSISA activities, which focus on policies related to agricultural risk management, seed systems and markets, agricultural mechanization, and soil fertility management and fertilizers.

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.

Vartika Singh, IFPRI

IFPRI Program Manager

Vartika Singh is Program Manager in the Environment, Production and Technology Division of IFPRI, where she is working on CSISA. Prior to joining IFPRI, she was working as Research and Training Manager with Evidence for Policy Design (India) at Harvard University and IFMR LEAD where she was working with policymakers from the Ministry of Rural Development and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, on complex policy problems in India.



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