Evaluation of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC)

The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) is an independent scientific advisory body of the CGIAR. It was formally constituted in January 2011, in response to the 2008 CGIAR Reform that called for changes to the CGIAR Science Council, which was the science advisory body at the time. The ISPC was to provide independent scientific advice and expertise to the CGIAR Fund Council (now System Council), to serve as an intellectual bridge between CGIAR funders and implementers, and to catalyze partnerships with other international agricultural research institution.

The main purposes of the evaluation are twofold:1) to provide accountability to System Council and CGIAR as a whole on the relevance and overall performance of the ISPC with respect to all dimensions of the ISPC’s functions and work and 2) to draw lessons and make recommendations for the future, with a view for the ISPC to best serve the System Council and CGIAR as a whole in the context of the governance reform and the implementation of the Strategic and Results Framework 2016-30 (SRF 2016-2030).

The evaluation will cover all activities of the ISPC since its establishment in 2011 taking into account a historical perspective, when appropriate, with a view to understanding how the System’s needs for scientific advice have evolved over time.

The evaluation will assess the relevance and scope of the leadership and advisory functions as well as of the work of the ISPC; the operational and functional performance of the ISPC as a whole and in its areas of activity; and the value it adds to other actors in the System that have similar functions at different levels.

The Team

Mary O’Kane

Team Leader

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC
Mary is a consultant and company director. She is Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She is also Chief Scientist & Engineer (3 days/week) for the Government of New South Wales. Mary was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide (one of Australia’s most distinguished performers in agricultural and biological sciences research) from 1996- 2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-1996.
Before that she was Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra. Her research field was automatic speech recognition. Mary has served on several boards and committees in the public, private and community sectors, especially related to development, research, engineering, ICT, energy, and science. From 2009-15 she was Chair of the Development Gateway, ‘an international nonprofit delivering technology and information solutions for international development’ (http://www.developmentgateway.org/about/).
She is currently chair of the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She serves on the boards of Business Events Sydney Ltd, Queensland University of Technology, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, the Development Gateway, the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. She was Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, a Director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a Member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Boards of the CSIRO and NICTA. Mary is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. In January 2016 she was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), that country’s highest civilian honour.

Eija Pehu

Team Member

Dr. Eija Pehu joined the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank in 2000 as the Science Advisor. She led the Department’s program on agricultural research, extension and innovation interacting with both external partners including the CGIAR and academia as well as national and regional research organizations involved in the field operations supported by the World Bank.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Pehu was a Professor of Agronomy and Head of the Department of Plant Production at the University of Helsinki and the founder and science director of two start-up companies in the Helsinki Science Park.  She earned her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.Sc. degree from the Department of Crop Production, University of Helsinki with her field work conducted in Tanzania and India.
Dr. Pehu has published extensively in cellular biology, physiology and biotechnology of crops, and also in tropical agriculture and international development.  Her major interests in development are institutional designs of organizing science and innovation, including public-private partnerships and uptake pathways for new technologies.  In all her development work she has an interest to understand and integrate gender.