CGIAR recognizes that operating according to the highest ethical standards is a prerequisite to being able to deliver on our vision. CGIAR adheres to the Core Ethical Values of Integrity, Dignity and Respect, Sustainability, Excellence and Innovation, and Partnership, as set forth in the CGIAR Ethics Framework. The Ethics and Business Conduct office was established in July 2021. It provides confidential advisory services, policy input, training and development culture and is also involved in areas of Environmental – Social and Governance (ESG) matters as well as Research Ethics. Ethics and Business Conduct is also mandated to investigate allegations of misconduct on the part of CGIAR staff.
WHAT WE DO
The office of Ethics and Business conduct provides confidential, indvidualized advice to CGIAR staff on a wide range of issues, including:
Obligations as an international civil servant
Personal and financial conflicts of interest
Publications and press statements
Misuse of resources and non-public information
Alex is an oversight professional with over 16 years of experience in the fields of ethics, investigations, and compliance. She started off her career in the private sector in finance before joining the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency where she conducted external investigations in Africa. She has served in an oversight capacity at various United Nations agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF) and international NGOs from 2008 to 2019. Before joining CGIAR, she worked for the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) at the European Commission where she conducted various complex, cross border financial investigations and organised various events to raise awareness on the mandate of OLAF. She completed her undergraduate at the university of Dauphine in France and the UAM in Madrid, and later obtained her master’s degree in law and financial crime from the university of Aix en Provence.
Steve is a certified fraud examiner, internal audit risk and compliance professional with over 10 years of experience.
He has worked with EY East Africa where he was involved in audit and advisory engagements for various multinational agencies and private sector organizaitions.
He has also served various international organizations as an internal auditor and in risk management.
Most of his experience is drawn form the public sector.
With a background in international trade, Joëlle joined CGIAR and the Board and Council relations unit in 2018. When transitioning to the Ethics function in 2022 Joëlle brought her extensive experience in case management which she gained working during 10 years for a children’s charity in the UK where she provided key support to multidisciplinary teams handling child protection and safeguarding cases.
Smera is the Executive Assistant for the Office of Ethics and Business conduct at CGIAR, with over 20 years’ experience providing Director level support together with project and event management. Smera has worked for companies based in the UK as well as the US, and has many fields of experience in retail, aerospace, technology and the public sector. Smera thrives for continuous improvements in processes and partnerships.