Regional Directors

  • Adiel Mbabu


    Adiel Mbabu

    Area RD
    Title Regional Director (SSA)
    Citizenship Kenyan
    Location Nairobi, Kenya
    Profile Summary

    As regional director for the International Potato Center (CIP) in sub-Saharan Africa, Adiel provides programmatic oversight for research and development portfolio; provides leadership in regional operational systems; and plays representational role for CIP in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
    He previously served as manager for Reaching Agents of Change, a project co-hosted by CIP and Helen Keller International (HKI). Before joining CIP, he was a senior adviser – agriculture development (AusAID) and as technical director, Agricultural Research and Development Support Facility in Papua New Guinea. Before that, he served as senior research fellow for organization and management of agricultural research program with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ISNAR Division; technical officer, program planning at the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA); as planning, management and evaluation adviser/interim assistant director – socio-economics & biometrics division, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI); as research fellow at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR); and as resident scientist for the Small Ruminant Collaborative Research Support Programme (SR-CRSP), sociology project (Kenya site), on behalf of the University of Missouri-Columbia, in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.
    Areas of Expertise:

    • Organization and management
    • Innovation systems
    • Networks, institutional learning and change
    • Results based strategic planning
    • Results based programme planning
    • Results based project cycle management
    • Results based monitoring and evaluation
    • Participatory action research
    • Facilitation of multi-disciplinary teams
    • Mainstreaming cross-cutting development issues (e.g. gender, M&E).


    Languages English (fluent), Kiswahili (fluent), French (basic) – See more at:
  • Lu Xiaoping

    Lu Xiaoping

    Area DDG-CCCAP
    Title DDG-CCCAP and Director of CCCAP
    Citizenship Chinese
    Location Beijing, China
    Profile Summary

    Xiaoping Lu, holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, is the head of CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP), and joined CIP in 2011 after a career in senior positions the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. He has spent 30 years in the field of international agricultural policy, project management, macro policy evaluation and bilateral/multilateral agreement negotiations. He also has served as an agriculture economist working with international organizations such as UNDP, FAO, WFP and APEC.

    Languages Chinese (native), English
  • André Devaux

    André Devaux

    Area LAC region and Strategic Program for Resilient Food Systems Approach
    Title Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Director
    Citizenship Belgian
    Location Quito, Ecuador
    Profile Summary

    André Devaux, (, Ph.D in Agriculture Science, Université Catholique Louvain (UCL), Belgium, with 30 years’ experience. Most of his career has been associated with the International Potato Center (CIP). He has also worked with FAO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). He has developed expertise in strengthening agriculture research and development programs with multidisciplinary teams in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

    Extensive research experience in:

    • potato production technologies
    • innovation systems
    • inclusive value chain development
    • food and nutritional security

    He has published more than 50 articles, books and reports. He is now based in Ecuador as CIP’s Latin American Regional Program Director, coordinating CIP activities in this region and contributing to research activities for the CRP “Policy, Institution and Market (PIM)” on Inclusive Value Chain Development with other CGIAR centers in the region and in a more global context. He is also coordinating CIP’s strategic program on Resilient Food Systems (SO5) addressing the food security challenges in roots and tubers production based systems.

    Languages French, Spanish, English
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