WLE Staff Directory

Independent Steering Committee

  • Ann Tutwiler

    Ann Tutwiler is the current Board Chair of the WLE steering committee.

  • Brent Swallow

    Brent Swallow is Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is a member of the WLE Steering Committee and specializes in payment for ecosystems services.

  • Claudia Ringler

    Claudia Ringler is Deputy Program Director for WLE and is an ex-officio member of the WLE steering committee.  She co-leads WLE's research theme on Managing Resource Variability and Competing Use. Claudia is Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  • Diane Holdorf

    Diane Holdorf is Managing Director of Food & Nature at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Before joining WBCSD, Diane was Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for Kellogg. 

  • Jo Puri

    Jo Puri  is the Director of the Environment, Climate Gender, Youth, Nutrition and Social Inclusion Division (ECG) at IFAD, and was previously Head of the Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund in Korea.

  • Mark Smith

    Dr. Mark Smith is Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

  • Sasha Koo-Oshima

    Sasha Koo-Oshima is the Deputy Director of Land and Water Division at the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), leading programs on agricultural water development, information and data, governance and nexus issues. 

  • Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook is the Program Director for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and is an ex officio member of the WLE steering committee. He is also the Strategic Program Director – Water, Food & Ecosystems for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 

WLE Program Management Unit

  • Amali Dommanige

    Amali Dommanige is the Senior Program Officer for WLE and oversees various programatic operational services. 

  • Arunima Hakhu

    Arunima Hakhu is a member of the Gender and Youth Inclusion team at WLE.

  • David Shearer

    David Shearer is Deputy Head of Secretariat Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI). 

  • Deepa Joshi

    Deepa Joshi is the Gender, Youth and Inclusion Lead at WLE and International Water Management Institutes (IWMI). 

  • Emma Greatrix

    Emma Greatrix is the Strategic Program Management Specialist at WLE.

  • Josefina Achaval Torre

    Josefina Achaval Torre is a Project Officer for the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI). 

  • Julia Compton

    Dr. Julia Compton is Head of Commission on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification.

  • Keith Child

    Keith Child is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment (MELIA) specialist who is leading WLE's M&E efforts. 

  • Manisha Shrestha

    Manisha works as a consultant to WLE, on MARLO project data management, program planning and reporting, and archiving and categorizing program information.  

  • Marah Al-Malalha

    Marah Al-Malalha Torre is a Project Officer for the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI).

  • Niroshini Fernando

    Niroshini Fernando is a Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist with WLE.

  • Rubina Pradhan

    Rubina Pradhan is a Gender and Inclusion Consultant with WLE

  • Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook is the Program Director for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and is an ex officio member of the WLE steering committee. He is also the Strategic Program Director – Water, Food & Ecosystems for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 

WLE Management Committee

  • Anthony Whitbread

    Dr. Anthony Whitbread leads the research program Resilient Dryland Systems for the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-arid Tropics. He is co-leader of WLE's research theme on Sustainable Land and Water Solutions.

  • Claudia Ringler

    Claudia Ringler is Deputy Program Director for WLE and is an ex-officio member of the WLE steering committee.  She co-leads WLE's research theme on Managing Resource Variability and Competing Use. Claudia is Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  • Deepa Joshi

    Deepa Joshi is the Gender, Youth and Inclusion Lead at WLE and International Water Management Institutes (IWMI). 

  • Emma Greatrix

    Emma Greatrix is the Strategic Program Management Specialist at WLE.

  • Leigh Ann Winowiecki

    Leader,  Land Health Decisions at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Co-leader of the Restoring Degraded Landscapes Research Theme, WLE.

    WLE Science Focal Point for ICRAF

  • Marcela Quintero

    Marcela Quintero is the co-lead for the Restoring Degraded Landscapes flagship research program.

  • Matthew McCartney

    Matthew McCartney

    Matthew McCartney co-leads the WLE Research Theme on Variability, Risk, and Competing Uses and is Research Group Leader for Sustainable Infrastructure and Ecosystems at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

  • Natalia Estrada-Carmona

    Dr. Natalia Estrada-Carmona is an Associate Scientist with The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and co-lead WLE's flagship on Enhancing sustainability across agricultural systems. 

  • Niroshini Fernando

    Niroshini Fernando is a Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist with WLE.

  • Olufunke Cofie

    Olufunke Cofie co-leads the flagship program on Land and Water Solutions for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). She is also head of the International Water Management Institute's West Africa office and leader of WLE in the Volta and Niger region.

  • Pay Drechsel

    Pay Drechsel is Strategic Program Leader of the International Water Management Institute for Rural-Urban Linkages, and co-leads WLE's research theme on Sustaining Rural-Urban Linkages.

  • Dr. René van Veenhuizen

    René van Veenhuizen

    Dr. René van Veenhuizen co-leads WLE's research theme on Sustaining Rural-Urban Linkages. He is Senior Programme Officer at RUAF Foundation, and one of the editors of the Urban Agriculture Magazine. 

  • Roseline Remans

    Roseline Remans is a Senior Scientist with Bioversity International and Adjunct Scientist with Ghent University. She coordinates the WLE research flagship, Enhancing Sustainability across Agricultural Systems. 

  • Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook is the Program Director for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and is an ex officio member of the WLE steering committee. He is also the Strategic Program Director – Water, Food & Ecosystems for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).