14) Dr Nigel Poole named ICRISAT Ambassador

Dr Nigel Poole (Left) receiving the ICRISAT Ambassador of Goodwill plaque from the Board Chair, Prof Chandra Madramootoo (Right) and Director General Dr William Dar.

Hyderabad, India (7 May 2014) – The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has named Dr Nigel Poole, OBE as Goodwill Ambassador for ICRISAT, for his vision and leadership in championing the Institute’s mission to develop sustainable and science-based solutions for better livelihoods of the poor in the drylands.

During his six years serving on ICRISAT’s Governing Board, with five years as Board Chair, Poole’s guidance and inspiring leadership have brought the Institute to a new level of performance, achievements and visibility, leading to its unprecedented science and institutional health.

“I believe that ICRISAT plays an important role in improving the lives of more than 600 million of the world’s poorest of the poor living in the drylands. I am pleased and proud to be an ICRISAT Ambassador, and to be a part of the solution” said Dr Poole.

Dr Poole now joins ICRISAT’s other distinguished Ambassadors – Mr Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Republic, Nigeria; Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India; and Rt. Hon. James Bolger, former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

They will work together to help the Institute promote science-based agricultural solutions in improving livelihoods and attaining food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers in the drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Poole was awarded the ICRISAT Ambassador title by the new ICRISAT Board Chair, Professor Chandra Madramootoo and Director General William Dar during the successful conclusion of the 70th ICRISAT Governing Board meeting held at the ICRISAT global headquarters on 26 April.


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