ICARDA MEL Team a Finalist at Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion CGIAR’s Oscars

April 06, 2023

The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was delighted to be chosen as a finalist for the CGIAR Inclusive Team Award – one of CGIAR's first-ever Inclusive Workplace Awards, which recognize efforts to advance gender equity and support inclusivity in the workplace.

All members of the MEL team attended a virtual awards ceremony in September, where more than 200 staff came together to celebrate award winners in three categories: Inclusive Role Model Award, Inclusive Leader Award, and Inclusive Team Award.

The MEL team was chosen as one of three finalists out of 150 nominations for the Inclusive Team Award and was rewarded for its constant work to promote gender equality and the empowerment of young professionals.

“We work together to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency in implementing ICARDA's research and development projects to support decision-making and demonstrate impact”, commented Enrico Bonaiuti, MEL Team Leader. “Our team comprises young professionals of at least 10 nationalities who work remotely from different parts of the world. We also offer research fellowship opportunities for recent graduates and young professionals to join a dynamic and multicultural team”.

The MEL team is also a committed advocate for open access and sharing of information and knowledge to a wide audience that includes researchers and institutions outside the scholarly community.

 “I am very proud of all team members and excited about the opportunities we are creating in One CGIAR by helping to strengthen global teams across centers.” He continued. “We are very grateful to be recognized as champions that promote and celebrate inclusion, translate our commitments into tangible actions, and embrace this spirit as we build together One CGIAR”.

Click here to learn more about the CGIAR Inclusive Workplace Awards and watch a recording of the awards ceremony.