Research Team


Collaborative research initiative

GENNOVATE represents unprecedented research collaboration for the Centers for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global partnership of research institutes advancing agricultural science and innovation. The large study team spans five continents and includes principal investigators (PIs) with nearly all CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), as well as other academic and independent researchers. The team includes a mix of senior, mid-career, and post-doctoral researchers from multiple countries.

Study coordination is managed by an Executive Committee (Excom). The Excom was formed at the study’s inception in October 2013 and provides ongoing leadership, resource mobilization, capacity building, and knowledge sharing for the study.

GENNOVATE PIs gather online and in workshops to coordinate activities, build research capacities, share learning, collaborate in analysis, and identify strategies for using GENNOVATE results to inform agricultural research for development activities in their CRPs.




Field team members

Principal investigators


Partner institutions

Excom members

Lone Badstue, CIMMYT (chair); Gordon Prain, CIP; Amare Tegbaru, IITA; Marlène Elias, Bioversity International; Patti Petesch, expert advisor; and Paula Kantor (in memoriam)

External resource persons

Shelley Feldman, Cornell University; and Margreet van der Burg, Wageningen University

Field team members and partner institutions

Access the full list of GENNOVATE field team members and partners here.


List of principal investigators

Principal investigator CGIAR Research Program (CRP) GENNOVATE countries Organization
Badstue, Lone Maize, Wheat Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Tanzania, Pakistan CIMMYT
Bauchspies, Wenda Dryland Cereals Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger National Science Foundation
Behailu, Lemlem AAS, Livestock and Fish Bangladesh, Philippines WorldFish
Bergman Lodin, Johanna A4NH, Humidtropics Nigeria, Tanzania Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Bullock, Renee Humidtropics Kenya IITA
Elias, Marlène A4NH, Humidtropics, FTA Kyrgyz Republic, Vietnam Bioversity International
Elmhirst, Rebecca FTA Indonesia University of Brighton
Kandiwa, Vongai Maize Malawi, Zimbabwe CIMMYT
Kawarazuka, Nozomi RTB Vietnam CIP
Kirscht, Holger A4NH, Humidtropics Burundi, Nigeria IITA
Luis, Joyce GRISP Myanmar, Philippines IRRI
Mudege, Netsayi RTB Malawi, Uganda CIP
Najjar, Dina Dryland Cereals India, Morocco, Uzbekistan ICARDA
Njuguna-Mungai, Esther Grain Legumes Ethiopia, Tanzania ICRISAT
Prain, Gordon RTB Bangladesh, Vietnam CIP
Ravula, Padmaja Dryland Cereals India ICRISAT
Rietveld, Anne Humidtropics, RTB Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda Bioversity International
Tegbaru, Amare Humidtropics, Maize Nigeria, Kenya IITA
Yila, Jummai Dryland Cereals, Grain Legumes Mali, Niger ICRISAT



Contact us

For more information, please contact Marlène Elias, CGIAR GENDER Platform Alliances Module leader and Senior Scientist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT,