Board of Governors

ICIMOD is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of one representative from each of the eight regional member countries (RMCs) and independent members who are nominated by the ICIMOD Support Group based on their recognized professional expertise and experience. The ICIMOD Support Group is composed of representatives from all the organizations and institutions that provide financial contributions to the Centre, including the regional member countries.

Regional Board Members (as of March 2019)


Mr Mohammad Rafi Qazizada
Director General
Natural Resource Management 
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock 


Mr Md Mesbahul Islam
Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs 
Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka 
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh


Dasho Rinzin Dorji

Ministry of Agriculture and Forests 
Royal Government of Bhutan

  • CHINA 
Prof Ding Zhongli
Vice President, CAS  
Chairman of CN-ICIMOD 
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)


Mr Chandra Kishore Mishra 
(Chairperson, ICIMOD Board of Governors)  
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change 
Government of India


Dr Nyi Nyi Kyaw
Director General
Forest Department 
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation 
Union of Myanmar


Dr Puspa Raj Kadel
National Planning Commission 
Government of Nepal


Dr Muhammad Hashim Popalzai
Ministry of National Food Security and Research
Government of Pakistan

        Independent Board Members (as of July 2018)

            • Dr Margaret Catley-Carlson 
              (Chairperson, PAC and Vice Chairperson, ICIMOD Board of Governors)
              Vice Chair Canadian Water Network
              Boards of the IFPRI, Syngenta Foundation and the IFDC
              Jurist-Tyler Environmental Achievement and Stockholm Water Prizes
              Former President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
              Former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

          • Prof Dr Juergen P Kropp 
            Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
            Dept. Chair Research Domain II: Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities
            Head: Climate Change & Development

        • Dr Yanfen Wang
          Vice President
          University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)

        • Lyonpo Dr Kinzang Dorji
          Bhutan indigenous Games and Sports Association (BIGSA)

        • Dr Hans Hurni
          Prof Emeritus, Senior Scientist
          Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
          Former Director, National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South

        • Dr Asuncion Lera St. Clair
          Senior Principal Scientist, Climate Change
          Strategic Research & Innovation
          DNV GL – Group Technology and Research

        • Dr Teresa Christina Fogelberg
          Deputy Chief Executive
          Global Reporting Initiative (

        ICIMOD Support Group (as of July 2018)