Professor Helen Hambly Odame (Canada) is currently the Chair of CIP Board of Trustees. She works in the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph, where she is a Professor in the Capacity Development and Extension program.
Broadly defined, her research traverses information, knowledge and communication in agricultural and rural innovation systems, supporting innovation among farmers and other stakeholders. Dr Hambly currently leads Canada’s largest research project focused on agricultural and rural broadband infrastructure, Regional and Rural Broadband, and is a member of research teams addressing climate-smart soils, digital agriculture and rural resilience.
Dr Hambly has worked for more than 30 years experience in international agricultural research, communication and capacity development. Prior to joining the University of Guelph, she has worked at the CGIAR, World Bank, United Nations and the International Development Research Centre. Between 2012 and 2018, Dr Hambly also served as the Chair of the Independent Steering Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas.
Hambly has also served as vice president at Farm Radio International and Journalists for Human Rights. She is widely recognized for her longstanding training activities and gender analysis for smallholder agriculture with research networks and projects in Peru, Nepal, India and Ghana. International projects in which she participated include: Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Agriculture in Sri Lanka with the University of Alberta; and rural communication and farmer field school assessments with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Dr Hambly holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University, Canada.