Leadership transition to build on CIFOR’s success and impact

Bogor (Indonesia), October 20, 2017

After five years as Director General for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peter Holmgren has decided to move on. Under his leadership, CIFOR has emerged as a leading international organization in forestry research, outreach and engagement, addressing development and climate challenges.

“It has been a true honor to lead CIFOR and the decision to leave has not been easy. Working with a world-class team and many partner organizations on critical issues for our common future has been a fantastic experience. Bringing relevant and trustworthy research to bear on policy, management and public awareness is more important than ever,” said Peter Holmgren, Director General of CIFOR.

Peter Holmgren has served as the Director General of CIFOR since 2012. Under his leadership, CIFOR updated its strategy, emphasizing the role of forestry in contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He is a national of Sweden with a PhD in Forestry and a long career in international forestry and agriculture, including leading roles at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

“Under Peter Holmgren’s leadership, CIFOR has raised the profile of forestry in sustainable development,” expressed José Joaquín Campos, Chair of the CIFOR Board of Trustees. “CIFOR is breaking new ground in connecting stakeholders and experts from different sectors and disciplines. He leaves a great legacy in advancing the international dialogue and in finding the collaborative solutions we need.”

CIFOR leads the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, the world’s largest research for development program in its field. Since 2013, CIFOR has championed the development of the Global Landscapes Forum, the world’s largest inter-sectoral platform for generating knowledge, sharing experiences, connecting stakeholders and accelerating action towards sustainable landscapes. Drawing from successful fundraising and collaboration with donors and partners, CIFOR in 2016 released 388 publications based on CIFOR’s innovative research, which were downloaded 1,009,922 times and generated 10,531 citations.

New Director General

“The Board of Trustees has appointed Robert Nasi as Director General, starting November 1st,” announced Campos during CIFOR’s Annual Meeting in Bogor, Indonesia. Robert Nasi has worked with CIFOR for more than 20 years, most recently as Deputy Director General for Research. “Robert Nasi will lead the institution as it builds momentum towards more equitable, resilient and productive forest landscapes, and as it strengthens its position as the most innovative international forestry research center.”

“Over the years, CIFOR has become a very efficient research center, producing science that informs policy and society,” expressed Robert Nasi, Director General. “I am ready to continue CIFOR’s transformation and carry on the positive impact of CIFOR. I am looking forward to our continued collaboration with our donors and partners.”

Robert Nasi joined CIFOR as staff in 1999 and has held a variety of research and senior management positions in the organization. He is a national of France, with a PhD in the field of ecology from the University of Paris-Sud Orsay. Nasi has more than 40 years of experience in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, undertaking research activities in the fields of ecology and management of tropical forests for improved livelihoods.


Robert Nasi, Deputy Director General for Research, CIFOR.


Rodrigo Ordóñez, Media Outreach, CIFOR. r.ordonez@cgiar.org, +62 82124935323


CIFOR advances human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by conducting innovative research, developing partners’ capacity and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaounde, Cameroon; and Lima, Peru.