Harold Roy-Macauley Director General, AfricaRice

Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, a Sierra Leonean national, was appointed as the new Director General of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) at an Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of AfricaRice held on 6 February 2015, in Kampala, Uganda.

Dr Roy-Macauley has nearly 30 years of experience in agricultural research with extensive leadership and management expertise. Before joining AfricaRice, he was the Executive Director of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) – a leading sub-regional organization, which coordinates and facilitates agricultural R&D activities in 22 countries in West and Central Africa. Dr Roy-Macauley is no stranger to CGIAR, having served previously as the Regional Director for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in West and Central Africa. He has consulted for numerous international and bilateral organizations on biosafety and biotechnology and was the Managing Director for the Regional Center for Improving Adaptation to Drought (CERAAS) in Senegal, a research and training center of CORAF/WECARD. Dr Roy-Macauley is fluently bilingual in English and French. He obtained his PhD degree in tropical plant biology in 1993 from the Université Denis Diderot, France, his MSc in tropical plant biology in 1988 from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, France, and his BSc with Honors in Botany in 1982 from the University of Sierra Leone.

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41st Meeting of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees, 10-13 April 2017, M’bé Research Station, Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire
La 5ème rencontre des « Cafés de la Science » sur la thématique GESTION DURABLE s’est tenue a AfricaRice, Abidjan, le 7 avril 2017. La rencontre a été inaugurée par Madame Georgette AGNEROH-EBOI, Directeur Général de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de l’Insertion Professionnelle, représentante de Madame le Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique de Côte d’Ivoire (MESRSCI), en présence de Dr Ronan Jambou, Directeur de recherche, Institut Pasteur de Côte d'Ivoire ; Pr Abdourahamane Konaré, Directeur général de la Recherche et de l’innovation, Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique ; Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Directeur général, AfricaRice ; Dr Jean-Marc Hougard, Représentant Délégué, IRD, Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley at the meeting on “Scientific and Technical Partnerships in Africa: Technologies, Platforms and Partnerships in support of the African agricultural science agenda,” co-hosted by IFPRI and AfricaRice, 4-5 April 2017, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley at the planning workshop on “Continental investment plan for accelerating rice self-sufficiency in Africa (CIPRiSSA)," 16-17 March 2017, AfricaRice, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley with the 'RICE' CRP Independent Steering Committee and Program Planning and Management Team, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines, 9-10 March 2017.
AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley at the 'RICE' CRP Independent Steering Committee meeting held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines, 9-10 March 2017.
AfricaRice Science Week 2017, M'bé, Côte d'Ivoire - 6-10 Feb 2017
AfricaRice delegation led by Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley attended the opening ceremony of the 2016 Science Promotion Week in Côte d’Ivoire (SEPRI), under the theme ‘Transfer of technology and knowhow,’ 8-9 December 2016, Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan.
Visit of Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to AfricaRice HQ -- During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank.
Visit of Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to AfricaRice HQ -- During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with Ivorian Minister of African Integration H.E. Mr Ally Coulibaly.
Visit of Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck to AfricaRice HQ -- During his first visit to AfricaRice administrative headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 11-13 November 2016, in his capacity as the new Chair of AfricaRice Council of Ministers, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment H.E. Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture H.E. Mr Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.
Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’, 19 October 2016, Jeonju, South Korea. The MoU was signed by Mr Hwang-keun Chung, Administrator, Rural Development Administration (RDA); Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice; Dr Joseph DeVries, Chief, Agricultural Transformation Program, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on behalf of AGRA President Dr Agnes Kalibata; Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (ConDev). Representatives from RDA, the National Institute of Crop Science (NICS) and Korea-Africa Food & Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) attended the ceremony.
Joel Budd, Social Affairs editor of 'The Economist', interviewing AfriacRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley
A high-level delegation from FAO led by Mr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, met with AfricaRice management and scientists at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan on 6 Oct 2016 to accelerate the implementation of the memorandum of agreement (MoU) signed in April 2016 between FAO and AfricaRice and other joint plans relating to the sustainable development of rice-based systems in Africa.
AfricaRice Director General leads round table debate on rice self-sufficiency in Africa at ISRFG 2016 side event , held on 28 September 2016 in Montpellier, France.
Ivorian dignitaries met with the members of the AfricaRice Board of Trustees on 8 Sep 2016 during the 40th Board meeting at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. They were taken on a guided tour of an exhibition on the rice value chain and saw how various technologies and approaches developed by AfricaRice are supporting the value chain. The dignitaries comprised: Prof. Ramata Bakayoko-Ly, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Cote d’Ivoire Dr Eklou Attiogbevi-Somado, Principal Agronomist, African Development Bank Mr Kouakou Apporture, Cabinet Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Wautabouna Ouattara, Director General of Integration, Ministry of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad Mr Coulibaly F. Edmond, Technical Advisor to the Minister, Ministry under the Prime Minister responsible for Economy and Finance Mr Yacouba Dembélé, Director General, National Rice Development Office
Scene from the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held in Nairobi, Kenya, 27-28 August 2016. The theme for TICAD VI is ‘Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development Agenda: TICAD Partnership for Prosperity'.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley's presentation on "Global research partnership efforts: tackling food and environmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa" at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Side Event organized by the World Bank on the “Future of Food in sub-Saharan Africa: Reviewing progress, charting next steps” held in Nairobi, Kenya, 26 August 2016.
Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Side Event organized by the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) on the “Progress of CARD and the future of rice sector development in Africa” held in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 August 2016.
Participants of the 30th Ordinary Session of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, 22-23 August 2016, Kampala, Uganda, organized under the chairmanship of Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of the Republic of Uganda. The Council of Ministers is AfricaRice’s highest oversight body, with statutory meetings held once every two years.
Participants from the National Experts Committee (NEC) Meeting as part of 30th Ordinary Session of the AfricaRice Council of Ministers, 22-23 August 2016, Kampala, Uganda Members of National Experts Committee (NEC), comprising Directors General of 25 AfricaRice member countries, met on 22 August 2016, ahead of the meeting of the Council of Ministers to review the Center’s research-for-development activities and make recommendations to the Council of Ministers for approval by resolution.
A World Bank delegation from Côte d'Ivoire led by Mr Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Togo based in Abidjan, visited AfricaRice headquarters on 15 July 2016. The other members of the delegation were Mr Abdoulaye Touré, Lead Agricultural Economist and Task Team Leader of WAAPP-World Bank (Africa Bureau); and Mr Taleb Ould Sid Ahmed, Senior Communications Officer. Mr Hiroshi Hiraoka, Senior Agriculture Economist, AFTA2, World Bank and member of the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) Steering Committee also accompanied the delegation.
Drs Nancy Cochrane, Jim Hansen, and Getachew Nigatu from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) visited AfricaRice headquarters to present a 10-year projections model developed by USDA for the ECOWAS region, covering 12 commodity sectors, including rice.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley pays courtesy visit to the Ivorian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Abdallah T. MABRI, on 27 June 2016 in Abidjan, to thank him and the government for their support to AfricaRice and to convey AfricaRice’s commitment to help Côte d’Ivoire achieve rice self-sufficiency.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley leading the panel discussion on "Africa Riceing" at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week and FARA General Assembly, Kigali, Rwanda, on 14 June 2016
Delegates from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS/CEDEAO) visited AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 2 June 2016 to familiarize themselves with new initiatives of AfricaRice and strengthen collaboration. (From left : AfricaRice Director of Strategic Partnerships Samuel Bruce-Oliver, ECOWAS Agriculture and Rural Development Director Alain Sy Traoré, ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources Tchambakou Ayassor, AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley, and Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA) Executive Director Salifou Ousseini)
AfricaRice DG Dr Harold Roy-Macauley visited the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia, 19-24 May, to discuss collaborative activities with the DGs of CIAT and IRRI and to interact with rice researchers at CIAT. (From left to right: CIAT Molecular Biologist Maria Fernanda Alvarez, AfricaRice Director General Harold Roy-Macauley, CIAT Agronomist Maribel Cruz, CIAT Agronomist Yamid Sanabria, IRRI Director General Matthew Morell, CIAT Agrobiodiversity Research Area Director Joseph Tohme, and CIAT Agrobiodiversity Research Area Leader Fernando Correa).
A training center set up by AfricaRice to provide vocational training to rice value chain actors was inaugurated on 7 May 2016 in Saint Louis, Senegal, by His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Senegal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment.
Delegation from Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, OCP, Morocco and from the Institut national polytechnique (INP-HB), Cote d’Ivoire met with the AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and his team at AfricaRich headquarters to forge strong collaboration on rice R&D
Delegation from AMC-FC (Agricultural and Management Company – Food and Commerce) and GAN LOGIS, Côte d'Ivoire, discussing collaboration on rice seed issues with AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley and his team at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
FAO and AfricaRice sign a MoU for scientific and technical cooperation in consolidating sustainable rice systems development in Africa during the 29th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, on 8 April 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley was invited to participate in the Ministerial Round table during the 29th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, on 8 April 2016, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
His Excellency Prof. Monty Jones, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone, visits AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 8 April 2016. Prof. Jones was co-winner of the prestigious "World Food Prize" in 2004, awarded for the development of the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) as a researcher at AfricaRice (ex-WARDA). AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley led H.E. Prof. Jones on a guided tour of the AfricaRice Headquarters.
His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment of Senegal, visits AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 8 April 2016. Dr Seck was Director General of AfricaRice from 2006 to 2013. AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley led H.E. Dr Seck on a guided tour of the AfricaRice Headquarters.
African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture visits AfricaRice Headquarters -- AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley discussing with Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture. 7 April 2016
Africarice Incoming Board Chair Prof. Eric Tollens, and AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, paid a courtesy call on Prof. Ramata Bakayoko-Ly, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, to inform about the 39th AfricaRice Board meeting under way at AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan and the plan to strengthen partnership on research, development and training. 23 March 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley extending a warm welcome to IFAD President Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze at AfricaRice headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 8 March 2016
Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, AfricaRice Director General meets with Dr Wongbé Yte, CNRA Director General; Dr Nicodème Zakra, Director of Scientific Research; and Dr Amoncho Adiko, Scientific Adviser in Charge of International Cooperation to discuss on rice research collaboration in Côte d’Ivoire. 7 March 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley with Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) officials and partners, Morocco. The objectives of his visit are to assist in the launching of OCP Africa a subsidiary group of OCP SA; see some of the sites in Morocco where OCP is operating either alone or in partnership with other institutions (Universities and Agro-businesses); and help establish a partnership agreement between OCP Africa and AfricaRice in the areas of research for development on rice, capacity development of rice value chain actors and agro-business development. March 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley pays courtesy call on His Excellency Ally Coulibaly, Minister of African Integration and the Ivorians from the outside, Côte d'Ivoire. 19 February 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with Dr Sidiki Cisse, National Agency of Support to Rural Development (ANADER) Director General, Cote d'Ivoire, to strengthen collaboration for rice sector development. 19 February 2016
GRiSP strengthens impact delivery via RICE proposal. Chaired by Pascal Kosuth of the Agropolis Foundation, members of the GRiSP oversight committee include Masa Iwanaga, AfricaRice board of trustees (BOT), Lala Razafinjara (AfricaRice BOT), Rita Sharma (IRRI BOT), Kaye Basford (IRRI BOT), John Hamer (CIAT BOT), Kei Otsuka, (GRIPS), Luciano Nass (Embrapa, Brazil), Jan Leach (Colorado State University, USA), Ambrose Agona (NARO, Uganda), Shaobing Peng (Huazhong Agricultural University, China), Trilochan Mohapatra (IARI, India), Roy-Macauley (AfricaRice director general), and Morell (IRRI director general).29 January 2016
AfricaRice and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) sign agreement to develop sustainable seed production systems for rice in Africa. The signing ceremony held on 9 February 2016 at AfricaRice Headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, was attended by SFSA delegation comprising Executive Director Marco Ferroni, Head of Agricultural Partnerships Ian Barker, Former Board member Eugene Terry, Delegate for West Africa Oumar Niangado.
Participants of a preparatory meeting on “FeedAfrica: A collaborative plan for CGIAR Center Support of the AfDB’s African Agricultural Transformation Agenda” on 20 January 2016 at AfricaRice Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. (From left to right: Dr Paul Woomer, IITA's Kenya Country Leader; AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley; IITA Director General Dr Nteranya Sanginga; Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Dr Florence Wambugu; ILRI Director General Dr Jimmy Smith; FARA Executive Director Dr Yemi Akinbamijo; IFPRI Director for Africa Dr Ousmane Badiane; AfricaRice DDG and incoming DG of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center Dr Marco Wopereis)
His Excellency Dr Gerd Müller, Federal German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, inaugurated the Green Innovation Center on 3 January 2016 at AfricaRice research station in Cotonou, Benin, to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers and processors and create job opportunities, particularly for youth and women, in the country.
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with the Honorable Minister Cissé Bacongo, Ivorian Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms to thank him for all his support for AfricaRice's return to Cote d'Ivoire in his former capacity as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. 22 December 2015
On behalf of the FAO Director General, the FAO Representative in Côte d’Ivoire Mr Germain Dasylva handed over the medal and the commemorative publication “70 YEARS OF FAO 1945-2015” to the AfricaRice Director General Dr HaroldRoy-Macauley at a simple award ceremony held on 14 December 2015 at the FAO Office in Abidjan.
Director General of Africa Rice Dr Harold Roy-Macauley Monday 7 December paid a courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown. Photo courtesy : State House Communication Unit
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with Dr Michael Dreyer, GIZ Resident Director in Côte d’Ivoire, to convey his deep appreciation for the strong support from GIZ for a number of joint rice projects across the continent. 26 November 2016
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley paid a courtesy visit to Dr Patrick Houben, Program Manager, Rural Development, EU Delegation in Côte d'Ivoire, to announce the return of AfricaRice to Côte d’Ivoire and present the Center’s vision and strategy. 26 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley met with the UNDP Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire Mr Babacar Cissé to present his vision of AfricaRice and the huge potential of the rice sector in Côte d'Ivoire. 25 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency Mr Coulibaly Sangafowa, Minister of Agriculture of Côte d'Ivoire to reiterate AfricaRice’s commitment to helping the country achieve its objective of rice self-sufficiency. 25 November 2015
An AfricaRice delegation led by Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley has an audience with the Prime Minister of Mauritania H.E. Yahya Ould Hademine. 6 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with Mauritanian Minister of Agriculture Mrs Lamina Mint El Ghotob Ould Moma. 6 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley paid a courtesy visit to Dr Michael Fernau, Counselor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Côte d'Ivoire to announce the return of AfricaRice Headquarters to Côte d'Ivoire and to strengthen partnership for rice sector development. 2 November 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Maculey paid courtesy visit to H.E. Hiroshi Kawamura, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to share his vision and strengthen collaboration to boost the rice sector in Cote d'Ivoire and at the regional level. 16 October 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Maculey paid courtesy visit to the H.E. Hugues Chantry, Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia & Sierra Leone, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to share his vision and stregthen collaboration to boost the rice sector in Cote d'Ivoire and at the regional level. 16 October 2015
14 September 2015, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General of the Africa Rice Center , FAO Headquarters. Photo credit : ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano.
Dr Roy-Macauley and AfricaRice Board members pay a courtesy visit to the President of the African Development Bank. 11 Sep 2015
The AfricaRice delegation led by Dr Roy-Macauley was received in audience by the President of Madagascar and had discussions with the Honorable Minister of Agriculture of Madagascar Mr Roland Ravatomanga and the FOFIFA rice team. May 2015
Directeur général d'AfricaRice Dr Harold Roy-Macauley rencontre S.E. Abdourahmane Cissé, Ministre auprès du Premier Ministre Chargé du Budget de la Côte d’Ivoire, pour annoncer le retour du siège d’AfricaRice de Cotonou, Bénin, à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 28 April 2015
AfricaRice Director General Dr Harold Roy-Macauley meets with H.E. Gnamien Konan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Cote d'Ivoire to announce the return of the AfricaRice headquarters from Cotonou, Benin, to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.. 27 Mar 2015

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