Juan Lucas Restrepo

Global Director of Partnership and Advocacy

Juan Lucas Restrepo is the director general of the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a CGIAR center. He was also recently appointed Global Director of Partnership and Advocacy at CGIAR. A Colombian and French national, Juan Lucas has worked in the agricultural sector, both in the public and private sectors, for the past 25 years. He has significant experience in politics, value chains, markets and leading agricultural research. He has supported the work of the CGIAR through the various governance roles he has held over the years in the Genetic Resources Committee, in the supervisory and executive committees and as a representative of the Colombian government on the CIAT board of directors as an ex officio member. Among other positions, Juan Lucas has been Deputy Minister of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Commercial Director of the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers, and for the past eight years Executive Director of AGROSAVIA, the largest agricultural research organization in the country. . As president, Juan Lucas also led the Global Agricultural Research Forum (GFAR), hosted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and its efforts to better integrate the research community. agricultural development, with the change and innovation of farmers.