Ms Judith Francis

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      • Designation: Senior Programme Coordinator, Science & Technology Policy
      • Institution: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)
      • Country: Netherlands
      • Thematic Area: Food, Water, Energy and Health
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    Judith Ann Francis is Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) based in the Netherlands. Since joining CTA in 2003, she has been responsible for promoting science, technology and innovation (ST&I) for agriculture and rural development in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Through her leadership; improving foresighting capacity and tertiary education in agriculture as well as recognizing and rewarding excellence of women scientists and young professionals have gained prominence in the policy, academic and research communities. She has contributed to intensifying science and technology collaboration within and across the ACP regions and between the ACP and European partners. She has also championed the application of the innovation systems approach for transforming the agricultural sector in the 79 ACP member countries.

    Prior to CTA, Judith worked with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and before that as a researcher with the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute in her home country, Trinidad and Tobago. She also lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Judith holds post graduate degrees in Management, Food Technology and Human Nutrition; BSc honours in Science and; certificates in the Management of Technology and Innovation, ST&I Policy and, Evaluation of Science and Innovation Policies. She has benefitted from international fellowships and served on several boards and international committees. She has held various positions in professional organizations including as president of both the Caribbean Association of Food Science and Technology and Caribbean Association of Nutritionists and Dieticians. Judith is a member of the board of SciDev.net and of the International Advisory Panel of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFOUM) in Africa. Recently, Judith was nominated to serve as Executive Secretary, of the European Forum for Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD). Judith also manages the CTA S&T portal Knowledge for Development http://knowledge.cta.int/.