Izabella Koziell has been appointed as the next Program Director of WLE, announced Jeremy Bird, Director General of the International Water Management Institute today.
Koziell joins WLE from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she has led the Asia Regional Climate and Environment Unit. She has also held positions within DFID’s Research and Evidence and the Policy Divisions and DFID Kenya. She has led several large complex multi-country research and development programs in Africa and Asia during this time, on climate, environment and natural resources.
“Finding solutions to increasing climate variability, resource degradation and water scarcity is becoming increasingly urgent if we are to feed the world and manage our natural capital effectively,” Bird highlighted. “WLE provides the evidence base and solutions to help decision makers scale up sustainable land, water and ecosystem management innovations that reduce risks and increase resilience of women and men in developing countries. Izabella brings a wealth of experience around WLE’s core areas of work and new pathways for accelerating impact as we start WLE’s second phase.”
Koziell has participated in a number of advisory groups and represented the UK in international negotiations on biodiversity and desertification. Prior to DFID, she worked with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London) and the Lutheran World Service (LWS) in Tanzania.
Koziell said, “It’s great to join WLE at this time. We are uniquely positioned within the CGIAR to bring in sustainability dimensions in to complement research on specific commodities and value chains. Alongside our breadth of local and global partnerships, and our focus on practical solutions and innovations, we have an unprecedented opportunity to address the challenge of sustainable agricultural intensification from a truly global perspective. I look forward to taking up this exciting role”
Johan Rockström, WLE’s Steering Committee Chair said, “The newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change agreement represent a historic opportunity for us to focus on the sustainable intensification of agriculture as a major pathway to achieving the underlying development challenges. Izabella has the right mix of science and policy experience to ensure the program is aligned and contributing to these global imperatives.”
Koziell holds an MSc in Land and Water Management from Cranfield University, a BA in Geography from the Nottingham University in the UK and is affiliated as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has lived and worked across all of WLE regions, and also speaks Polish, French and Swahili.
WLE’s vision is for a world in which agriculture thrives alongside and within the vibrant ecosystems that support it, while delivering enduring prosperity for farming communities. Led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), WLE combines the resources of 10 CGIAR Centers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and hundreds of research and uptake partners based around the world.
Koziell will take up her role based in Colombo in late October 2016.