Kindly welcome Shirley Tarawali, the new Chair of GASL 2020-2022

The selection of the Chair for GASL is a process with several steps: a FAO public vacancy announcement, the reception of applications, the screening of the long list, the short-listed candidates, the nomination of the three finalists by the GASL Guiding Group, the debate of the finalists and the final selection of the Chair by the Guiding Group.

After a lively debate with candidate Fabiana Villa Alves, Embrapa, Shirley was elected by consensus by the GASL Guiding Group (22 members) on 17 September.

Shirley Tarawali is assistant director general at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her responsibilities include strategy, planning, partnerships, communications and knowledge management, as well as institutional management, decision making and representation. Shirley is also the Secretary to the ILRI Board of Trustees.

Prior to this, she led an ILRI research theme with responsibilities across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including scientific coordination and leadership of a portfolio covering livestock-environment, animal nutrition and natural resource management.

With over 30 years of experience implementing and leading research for development in Africa and Asia, she holds a PhD from the University of London, UK.

Shirley has a long trajectory in GASL. She was present in the meeting where the idea of GASL was created (launch of the publication, “Livestock in a Changing Landscape”) in March 2010 in Zollikofen, Switzerland, and has been with GASL ever since. Shirley has attended seven of the nine face-to face MSP meetings of GASL, has been a Guiding Group  member for the multilateral organizations cluster, integrated the task force to develop the Action Plan of GASL 2019-2021 and the task force to develop the Theory of Change for GASL in 2020. Additionally, she is the lead author for the input paper on Livelihoods and Economic Growth for the 2019 MSP meeting in Kansas, has moderated various GASL events and integrated the Organizing Committee for the 7th MSP of GASL in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2017.